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Racing to Bonneville and BUB's, life is getting crazier by the minute.

Bandit, Rogue, Jim Waggaman, Richard Kranzler, bad Uncle Monkey, Tinman, Ray Wheeler, Rigid Frame Richard, Wrench and the rest of the crew.

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I woke up this morning in a questioning haze. Recently, I question everything, but this morning in particular. I always tell kids that life is about choices such as: You can choose to go to school or do drugs. You can choose to rob a liquor store or wash cars for extra money.  We have witnessed lots of folks head down a slippery slope this year. First, they started doing drugs, then maybe lost a job over drugs, and now they are facing legal issues around drugs.

So, the question is? Is this just a bad year or two? Are the stars out of alignment? Are we enabling too much. Is our government or society sending out the wrong signals? WTF?

Let me know if you have any answers.

We are about to feature this board track styled Knuckle by Akira.
We are about to feature this board track styled Knuckle by Akira.

On a very positive front, two good friends stepped up when Sin Wu left my side and ran off with a younger man to Hong Kong. I needed help with the internet side and old friends Richard and Chris Kranzler volunteered. I’ve known this couple for about, hell I don’t know, 15-20 years. Chris was stricken with MS and Richard sold everything he owned to move her near a medical facility in Tacoma, Washington. Since he was a lifetime biker and a friend I shipped him my custom Excelsior-Henderson to ride, while he took care of Chris and got on his feet.

This last year while preparing for Bonneville, Richard came to the 5-Ball Racing team’s rescue with a custom van. Then when Sin Wu departed Chris offered to help with internet duties. Together with Richard as a tech writer/computer guru, we are making major strides with Bikernet departments, layouts, and services. Chris and I work together daily to make Bikernet all it can be. Hang on for more updates.

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The Thursday News is sponsored in part by IronWorks Magazine, Cycle Source Magazine, and

THE BAD BLONDE MALE JOKE LIBRARY IN TROUBLE AGAIN--A blonde man was driving home, drunk as a skunk. Suddenly he has to swerve to avoid a tree, then another, then another.

A cop car pulls him over, so he tells the cop about all the trees in the road.

The cop says, "That's your air freshener swinging about!"

A blonde man's dog goes missing and he is frantic.
His wife says "Why don't you put an ad in the paper?"

He does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing.

"What did you put in the paper?" his wife asks.

"Here boy!" he replies.

--from Jim Waggaman


Adrenaline Junky List:
*Texas Mile* 212 mph.....VALERIE THOMPSON .... 212 mph
*El Mirage * Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 9-10..
*Bonneville, SCTA***** RACING.... August 10-16, 2013*
*Top Speed Shootout****Sept.12-16
*BUB Speed Trials***** 9 Days.... August 24-29
*E C T A *Mojave Mile**** October, 12-13
Ohio Mile****Sept. 28-29
*Texas Mile****Oct. 25-27

Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats is underway, fastest pass of the day early in the week, Poteet/Main 443 MPH and change exiting the traps. Smooth Race Tracks and blue skies most of the day. Good Luck Racers. Lots of spins are being reported.

Last day of Racing is Friday, return runs ONLY for records.

Pulled this info off of the A great site to keep up on the latest racing news. Thanks....

347 cars running in 67 classes (344 pre-entry cars running in 67 classes in 2012)
12 open records (7 open records in 2012)

35 streamliners (non 2 wheel) (28 in 2012)
32 lakesters (43 in 2012)
107 roadsters (111 in 2012)

169 bike entries running in 132 classes (169 pre-entry bike running 135 classes in 2012)
18 open records (21 open records in 2012)

5-Ball Racing Team and Bikernet would like to start off with a huge Thank You! Shorai Batteries, our most recent Sponsor. This lightweight monster easily spins our 124 inch, Turbo Charged Twin Cam Raycer. The Crew in Sunnyside, Ca. handed me the box and charger a couple weeks ago. My first question? Is the battery in the box? The answer.... Yes, all 4.96 lbs. Amazing to say the least.


SHORAI LFX Lithium-Iron Powersports battery, 36Ah PbEq 12V eq, "L" polarity, Case Type 3
Length 6.55"
Width 3.39"
Height 6.10"

Weight:4.96 lbs
2.25 kg
Cold Cranking Amps:540
Polarity:[- +]

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Well-known for their motorcycle and power sports applications, this introduction into the marine industry continues to mark Shorai’s growing corporate expansion, both in global dealership availability and applications for use. Shorai LFX™ batteries can be found in thousands of dealers across the globe and online at The LEHR Propane Powered Outboard Motor Series featuring Shorai LFX™ batteries will soon be available through distributors across the country, with additional details to be announced in the coming months.

“Shorai is extremely thrilled about our entry into the marine market. LEHR is a cutting-edge green technology company with tremendous growth potential and we are extremely proud to be working with them as a partner,” said James McCormick, President and CEO of Shorai. “As both Shorai LFX™ batteries and LEHR’s Outboard Motor Series engines require less maintenance than our respective industries’ traditional products, we look forward to introducing and educating consumers about a better alternative to enjoy their favorite recreational marine pastimes.”

For more information about Shorai LFX™ batteries, product offerings, upcoming sponsored events or local Shorai dealers, please visit

Saturday afternoon DR. Willie prepped the latest pieces for the shift linkage, adding larger diameter shouldered bolts to carry the Pingel Air Shifters thrust at the touch of a button. 120 lbs. of air stored in the airtight R/T Performance Frame. Linkage controlled downshifting will be needed on and off of the track.

Our resident master Welder Tobey arrived just in time to weld out the fresh linkage pieces for a perfect fit. Sunday we repaired the rear mounting tab on the Dyna fuel tank. Foam pipe wrap will sandwich between the tank and frame to cushion high speed harmonics transferred through the frame. The rear tab will also mount on rubber to absorb the good vibrations.

Saturday afternoon we mounted the body work to look for any clearance issue. The Air Tech Streamlining body works looks slick, fits tight like a Dr.'s glove.

The above piece was written for the Sunday News, some was held back for today's edition.
Major headway the past three days will be shared in an up-dated version.

Thanks....With one helleva lot of help from my family and Industry friends....Thanks, Thanks, Thanks.

We're on track for a stellar year rollin on the street and the ever slippery, never predictable Bonneville Salt Flats.

Tobey The Welder, 2 out 3 Ex-Wives, My 3 Sons, Aerocharger, All Balls Racing, Kent Rich, Dutch and the Crew@Air Tech Streamlining, Arai Helmets, Keith Ball and the Crew@Bikernet, Bikers Choice, Brad Beach@Beach Racing, Dr. Willie Lanham, Long Beach, Ca., Cometic Gaskets, Dan Thayer@vtwinfuelinjection, Allen Alvarez@Daytona Twin Tech, ERC Race Gas, George The Wild Brush, ET Krankvents (Thanks Ted Shrode, Ph.D---- R. I. P.), Fisher Harmonic Damper, Dan Stern@House of Thunder H-D, Horsepower Inc., Ron Williams, Jeff, Kevin@Hardtailz, Randy Torgeson, Michelle and the Crew@Hyperformance, Jim's Machine USA, K&N Air Cleaner, Paul Kittrell@Lyndall Racing Brakes, Marc Susman@Colorado Custom Cycle Wheels, Juan, Colorado Custom Cycle Wheels, Ray Whitehead@Pegasus, Pingel, Walt, Pro Charger, Jim @Sharp Eye Transmission, Reggie and Crew@R&R Cycle, Ben Kudon@Rivera Primo, Matthew Wiley@Race Tech Suspension, Shorai Battery, Rick Tedder@ R/T Performance, Schnitz Racing, Mr. McCahill@Spyke, S&S Cycle, Matthew Negherbon@Thunder Motorcycles in San Jose, Guy Caputo@Tiger Racing, Steve The Turbo Doc, Tsubaki Chains, Vanderbeck Race Cars, Vanson Leathers, World Wide Bearings, Duncan Keller, Yankee Engineuity in San Jose, Ca..

Haul Ass!
Ride for your Life!
--Ray C Wheeler
Performance Editor

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(in South Africa) a deep glen; ravine.
There are the sheer kloofs cut in the hills by the rushing rains of centuries, down which the rivers sparkle...
-- H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines, 1885
Take any poor Tommy, out at his picket on the bare hillside or rocky kloof, either blistering in 104-degree heat or shivering under his waterproof sheet, and he could easily believe it so.
-- Giles Foden, Ladysmith, 1999
Kloof came to English in the 1700s from the Dutch word meaning "cleft."

I enjoy my almost daily visits to Bikernet. From the informative new product releases to the entertaining event reports and fiction adventures there is something for everyone across all disciplines of our sport and lifestyle.

Bikernet keeps us informed about the latest trends and happenings and does a damn good job of it! Maybe finding room to fit in more eye-candy in between the lines could only make IT better...

Keep up the great job you do and ride on!

--Mike Slamon

CoverMax TRIKE AND SPYDER ROADSTER COVERS FROM BIKER’S CHOICE-- This heavy-duty, top of the line, all weather cover is designed specifically for trikes. With waterproof seams, constructed of 300-denier polyester with PU coating, and ultra soft 30G velour lining to protect your paint from scratches.

Two top covered reflective vents improve ventilation and help reduce condensation build up. Incorporates a convenient access panel without removing the cover. Finished with grommets for use with a security cable lock.
(Lock not included.)

To order CoverMax™ products, contact your local Tucker Rocky dealer. For assistance locating a dealer call customer service at 877-848-1320 or visit and click on the dealer locator tab.

Honda Goldwing Part # 10-7552 MSRP: $149.95
Can-Am Spyder Part # 10-7553 MSRP: $144.95


Looks just fine right?
Looks just fine right?

BIKERNET TECH TIP OF THE DAY or Lesson learned-- Have you ever wondered why BDL recommends that you use a torque wrench when installing your clutch hub on a Tapered transmission main shaft, when it is so much easier to use an Impact driver?


Well, let’s just say bad shit happens. I will let the pictures and Scott at BDL do the explaining.

Don't think it is supposed to look like this?
Don't think it is supposed to look like this?

I sent a quick email to BDL asking “how in the hell does this happen” and “could it be because I used an impact wrench to install this?”

Yes that could be, the impact is a touchy thing, it does not take much to get to 70-80 FT.LBS. of torque, The tapered mainshaft acts as a wedge “because of the taper” and the hub acts as a block of wood, if you drive that taper to far and hard into the wood , then that wood is going to split, same result with a tapered mainshaft and hub.

Belt Drives Limited


Well let’s just say I will not use an impact wrench again!
This is the correct way to install the clutch hub.

Lesson learned, this is the correct way to install the clutch hub.
Lesson learned, this is the correct way to install the clutch hub.

Lesson learned. Now I am back to the garage to hopefully cause more carnage.

--Richard Kranzler
Bikernet Tech Writer

RARE 1996 LIFESTYLE CHOPPER FOR SALE $16,995-- Take a look at this one of a kind Lifestyle Cycles chopper!

It has a fully polished and powder coated S&S 96ci motor, 5 speed evo style transmission with kicker, chrome high torque starter, Primo belt drive, Accutronix forward controls, Performance Machine front brake, Tulle rear brake, Performance machine hand controls with internal throttle, Tulle trees, custom made stainless oil bag, custom made bars, custom chrome billet fork sliders, high end seat, 120 spoke radius laced front wheel, custom 1 of a kind rear wheel, all on a completely molded frame, with hidden wiring!

This bike is an amazing build, you won't see another one like it!!



BIKERNET QUIP PORTAL--Frustration is trying to
find your glasses without your


Blessed are those who can
give without remembering
and take without


ZIPPER’S RED LINE PRODUCT OF THE WEEK-- By far the best transmission oil you can buy for use in Big Twin 4, 5 or 6 speed street bikes - you’ll immediately notice smoother shifting and quieter operation! V-Twin Transmission Oil with ShockProof provides unequalled protection for both stock and aftermarket American V-Twin transmissions.

This product dampens transmission noise (reducing the notorious shifting “clunk” found in these gearboxes), dramatically reduces temperature, provides thicker oil films between gear teeth and completely resists throw-off. This stuff is magic in a bottle!

Red Line V-Twin Transmission Oil With Shockproof is available in quarts only.


HOWARD KNIGHT LEATHER AT 110TH CENTER STAGE--Howard Knight to take center stage at Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary Celebration
in Milwaukee, Labor Day Weekend, 2013

Milwaukee, WI - Regarded as one of the country's most renowned leather artists, Howard Knight will once again captivate Harley-Davidson and Harley riders, with his extraordinary one-of-a-kind masterpieces he creates to ride and to wear. Legendary for creating what still holds the record for the most expensive pair of cowboys boots ever made ($106,000) Knight's exceptional work caught Harley's attention a few years ago when he invited to be a special exhibitor at their 2011 Rally at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Since then, the world of custom leather work for motorcycles has seen a new standard set. Knight's presence the following year at the 2012 Rally furthered his reputation for creating motorcycle leathers to ride and to wear beyond all expectations. His work is now in demand from across the country and around the world.

This year, Knight's work will be featured on three entries in Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary Custom Bike Show, all of which are vying for the coveted Willie G. Award to be presented on Sunday, September 1st at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Knight's work will be featured on the "Hobbit Bike," entered by Tim Hedrick, on Ted Fleisners entry as well as on Julian Correa's. The leather tooling and design an these entries is spectacular.

Howard knight, founder and owner of Rocking K Custom leather, located in Stevensville, MT, was recently awarded into the Montana Circle of American Masters. Throughout his rich career, he has been creating masterpieces in leather which are regarded as true American art to wear and now to ride. Also throughout his career, he has dedicated his time to mentoring young artisans as well as collaborating with some of the premier artists and artisans working in other mediums.

Very exciting for the 110th Anniversary Celebration will be Knight's collaboration with two American legends in their own right, Nadine Levin, of Nadine Levin Photography and Carol Braden of Carol Braden Fine Craft.

Levin, known for her captivating images of the American West and her infrared photography, will have photographic work featured at Knight's exhibit framed in his custom leather-tooled frames. Levin's work to be featured will be her most recent works capturing the iron steed with the stallion. Levin's work is installed in many private and public collections in the country and abroad.

To view the complete works of Carol Braden Fine Craft, please click on the photo above or visit


HANG ON FOR THE PERFORMANCE BIKE OF THE WEEK--Soooooooooooooooooo what do you think?

It does the 1/4 mile at 225mph.



AMA Off Road Nationals
August 24-25
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1. to reject or cast aside (a lover or sweetheart), especially abruptly or unfeelingly.
1. a woman who jilts a lover.
But for the sake of some of her relations, I shall give my fair jilt a feigned name.
-- Aphra Behn, The Fair Jilt, 1688
"...we know very well women scarcely ever jilt men; 'tis the men who jilt us."
-- Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd, 1874
The origin of jilt is uncertain, but it is perhaps from the Middle English gille meaning "lass" or "wench," which was a shortening of the women's name Gillian, a variant of Jill.

JIMS CRUISE DRIVE TRAP DOOR & SHIFTER SHAFT UPGRADE KIT--This new JIMS Cruise Drive upgrade kit was designed to give your transmission positive shifting and shaft centerline integrity to handle today’s performance powertrains.

The upgraded 6061 precision-machined aluminum trap door holds transmission shaft centerlines to within .0005” and incorporates wider, heavy duty bearings. These bearings are retained with beveled retaining rings to eliminate bearing end play.

Included with the kit are two solid true centerline rigid strength shift fork shafts that replace the OEM hollow shafts. For more information contact us at, visit, or call 805-482-6913.


Hey, just wanted to share a few photos of my Iron. You posted it 2 years ago, when I was asking for votes to get into Autorama, Thanks so much it took 3rd place then.

This is how it looks now. The pics are from my dealers "Bikini Party" recently, a few more mods. They decided to use it in a photo shoot...enjoy


P.S. the link is to my blog if you want to check it out!

BIKERNET STAFFER FRONT END TEST—Just after he installs high bars. “First my PC crashes on Sat and now this, just four months shy of her 15th birthday!” Said Rigid frame Richard. “Waiting on the trailer now.”

Official Bikernet Panhandle Photographer

BUSINESS OF THE WEEK—Now we know where the car show girls come from. Glamour Exhibition Organizer is a full-service modelling, promotions, event,exhibitions and venue management and consulting company located in Dubai UAE & Pakistan Karachi Glamour Exhibition offers complete event planning &
management services,entertainment & special event coordination, high-quality activities,and event promotion.

Our services are available throughout the UAE to help companies, organizations, fairs & festivals, families, event venues and resort properties present highly-effective events. we pride ourselves on attention to detail and an extreme theme approach to quality event presentation.

Glamour Exhibition organizer's goal is simply not only to meet,but exceed each client's goals: we are dedicated to delivering individualized event design and management services,with an emphasis on detail, quality and creativity.

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AOI Festival in LOS ANGELES--Help us reach our goal of 10,000 lbs. of food items for the LA Food Bank

Get Tattoos at the Body Art Bus(mobile tattoo studio)

Bring the Kids for activities(AOI Childrens Wonderland)

Watch the Miss Ink Nymph tattooed Beauty Competition

Eat great food and drink at the Sapporo Angels Nest Beer & Wine Garden

Black Bike Wheels
Best in Show Motorcycle Competition
(Winners Receive photo shoot and editorial coverage in AOI Book & prizes from sponsors)
Bring your bike down and enter for free!
Baggers, Bobbers or Chopper Categories for more info call
323-825-1093 or email

Saturday Sep 7th, 2013
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3401 Los Feliz Blvd.
LA, Ca 90027
12 - 6pm

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Editor In Chief
P: 626.372.1192

SPEED WEEK RECORD ON THE WIRE FROM BENNETT’S PERFORMANCE—Yesterday Bob Bennett, father of Eric Bennett broke Jeff Bailey’s S&S record at Speed week by a bunch as he was clocked at 191 mph. The current record is 177, and we hope to hear about the final pass the Bob’s average this morning.

This just in: Bob made a 202 mph pass this morning on his 1650 cc A-class naturally aspirated Sportster. It never clocked over 155 horses on the Bennett’s performance dyno. That’s an aerodynamic and efficient motorcycle. They should be proud.


OCC ON CMT--Follow the world's most renowned custom motorcycle manufacturer and its fearless leader, Paul Teutul Sr. with his team as they reach new extremes resulting in mind-blowing bikes and, of course, state-of-the-art drama.

Dar's daughter with the bike built for her gramps.
Dar's daughter with the bike built for her gramps.

BRASS BALLS BUFFALO CHIP AND COUNTRY MUSIC BIKER BUILD OFF--As many of you know, we do what we can to give back to our troops. From building bikes for them, to building bikes to support , we do what we can. We were recently asked by the Legendary Buffalo Chip in Sturgis to participate in a bike build off for CMT, which will air between Aug. 18-24th.

They told us, “you can do whatever you want with the bike.”

Dar Holdsworth asked, “Can we give the bike to a Vet?”

They said,“yes.”

Dar asked “Can we give the bike to my dad, a Vietnam Vet who adopted me when I was 16 years old.”

They said, “hell yea, that is pure American family values and we love it.”

So we put the plan in motion and even got our pal Toby Keith involved (more on that later). You’ll have to tune in to CMT next week to see how we faired in the build off. But as for who ended up with the bike… Dar’s dad’s smile says it all.

IRONWORKS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER ISSUE ON THE STANDS NOW--If you dig IronWorks (who doesn’t?) we’ll be giving you some help with a bunch of shovels, Shovelheads that is, as the September/October 2013 issue is now on the shelves at that favorite spot where you pick your copy up at. (Subscribe and you’ll get it sooner and cheaper.)

Inside you’ll find 8 Feature Bikes starting out with RSD revamping an old Heritage into it’s newest creation “Bandito”; then Trask Performance puts a charge into a Road Glide; and then look out cause “Shovelpalooza” is gonna hit you square in the face. These Shovels are all ‘old school in the garage’ builds starting out with Mark Velazquez’s 1978 “Home Brewed”; that’s followed up by Jeff Bitting’s 1983 “Fortunate Son”; then comes “Bar-Barian”, a 1974 ‘74’ from C.L. “Buckshot” Cake; and finally we get a look at the “Crudebaker”, a ’76 FLH built by Russ Nahodil in the hard coal country of eastern PA. Switching gears and engine models we find a “Legacy Panhead” with quite a story that is owned by Jonathan Eveatt, and finally we get “Monked”, a tricked out Sporty Café racer from James Monk.

The Feature Stories in this issue start out with a story about how Shaw H-D in Sussex, United Kingdom (England?) and MAG Europe built a RSD hot rod Sporty, jolly good! Then get ready for a time warp as Johnny Zapp lays it out in black and white (mostly) about his travels to the Shady Dell in retro Bisbee, Arizona. Then IW’s Tech and Trends Editor Vincent Stemp gives the low down on his test rides of Harley’s Dyna Street Bob and Softail Breakout models.

In the August Departments you’ll find the mail sent to us by you in the Letters; Great Rides takes you places you might want to ride to; the Made In The USA this month showcases Belt Drives Ltd; the IW Buyers’ Guide looks at parts for those high mileage bikes; and Margie Siegals’ Seasoned Citizen is a beautiful 1940 WLD.

The words of wisdom (?) come from our Regulars starting with Marilyn Stemp who doesn‘t embrace change but accepts it; Snakebit Sam gives a glimpse of life on the road; newly inducted Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Famer Rick Fairless let‘s us in on his formulative years, and the ever informative Ed Youngblood educates us about the roll of Indian Motorcycles and the military in his MotoHistory in Print.

For those of you who like to get your hands dirty the IW Garage is where you’ll get IW Product Reviews of Ohlins Shocks by Paul Holdsworth, and then the IW Staffers check out the Ballistic SG Series Phone Case and a set of Pulstar Spark Plugs. For the real DYIers Vincent Stemp goes to Brew Dude’s TIG Welding Class; then Dan Pike gives the info on choosing the right cam for your bike in Garage Talk; the Lincoln Electric Welding Series shows how handy a home welder can be; in Shop Time Mike Witt takes a trip to Woodstock and stays; then we get a look at a special project from Dar Holdsworth as he helps a tornado victim piece his bike and life back together; IW newcomer Joann Bortles is burning with Hypertherm’s newest Plasma Cutter; and now we come to a big booboo as a S&S and Flathead Power story from the July issue mistakenly was reprinted in an S&S Vintage Revival story. Look for it in an upcoming issue, sorry!

There you have it, the Reader’s Digest version of what you’ll find in the September/October 2013 issue of IronWorks Magazine.

If you don’t subscribe you’ll have to run out and spend some extra cash (compared to the subscription rate) to buy a copy to see how good it really is.

Posted by Sam Kanish
--IronWorks Magazine

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