Bikernet Blog Search Bikernet
Ride Forever -
Thursday Edition


News from the Chip, the Sturgis Museum, Le Pera, Gypsy Tour, Biker Belles, Lifestyle, Climate Change, Bad T-shirts and the best Redhead

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Ujjwal Dey, Sidehack Jerry and the rest of the Bikernet crew

Share this story:


It’s getting to be that week.
Rogue is rolling out for the Badlands tomorrow. Brothers are heading to Sturgis all next week, packed and ready to party and hang out at the biggest industry gathering of the year.


The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom and the run to Sturgis annually, including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown and, Sturgis Museum.

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

The Discovery Channel Reportedly Acquires the Enthusiast Network--Over 30 automotive enthusiast publications and multi-media to be reportedly purchased by Discovery Communications

What began as just the Discovery Channel in 1985 has moved into one of the largest media platforms in the world, now known as Discovery Communications.

The media giant focuses on its 13 U.S. cable and satellite television networks, including the automotive-oriented Velocity Channel along with the most watched series on the Discovery Channel, Street Outlaws.

Discovery Communications' diverse entertainment portfolio also includes divisions such as Discovery Education, Discovery Digital entertainment, Discovery Studios, and 49 international media networks, as well as Discovery Global which is involved in everything from cruise ships to amusement parks on a worldwide scale.

Reports have surfaced that the Discovery Communications will now enter the world of automotive enthusiast media by acquiring The Enthusiast Network (TEN) sometime in August 2017. The Enthusiast Network itself is a large media company including everything related to the automotive enthusiast and more. TEN, previously known as Source Interlink Media and Petersen Publishing, currently holds more than 30 automotive media brands like Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Car Craft, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, Mopar Muscle. These print and online publications have expanded into the rapidly emerging digital and social media as well.

The Enthusiast Network also has 24 enthusiast brands on topics like surfing, motocross, snowboarding, photography, guns, motorcycles and more. Between all of TEN's enthusiast media avenues, the company reaches over 162 million readers and online viewers annually between print, websites, social media and event attendance. If you think the TEN reader and viewership numbers are huge, all the cumulative viewerships for the Discovery Communications brands currently exceed 3 billion.

With a bit of research in the investor relations area of the Discovery Communications website, one can view the large-scale acquisitions that have taken place over the recent years including acquisitions that have titled them the "ESPN of Europe" (source: The Wall Street Journal).
This news will make for an interesting future as hugely popular print and digital media such as Motor Trend TV, the hit series Roadkill, and such drag racing shows like TEN/Motor Trend TV's new Put Up or Shut Up come together under the massive umbrella of Discovery Communications.
Could the news of a short-term sponsorship of the Clay Millican driven, Stringer Performance Top Fuel Dragster during the Discovery Channel's Shark Week series be a sign of things to come?

Bare Bones up front for ’13—’17 Breakout Models.

We all want to ride what we want and we need the bastard to fit. This up front seat from Le Pera does the trick for a rider who wants to sit closer to the bars without modifying or changing his bars. Perfect.


The Up Front moves you 2 inches closer to the handlebars than the standard Bare Bones.

Killer "Spring Mounted" look!

Yes, that means a bit of the mechanics of the bike are exposed. You will notice the seat lines don't follow the strut, as if the seat were spring mounted.

Its minimal, slammed to the ground stance adds the finishing touch to these bitchin bikes.

Mounts like stock. The seating area is 10.5" wide.

Driver Seating:

10.5" Wide
Passenger Seating:



Part Number:



BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
Colors Magazine

As Art Director and contributing Photographer and Illustrator I have mint condition copies of all except one issue (a "friend" ripped me off on that one). There where five issues in all. Phil Castle and I were members of the same club. Guess.

--Alphonse A. Gavila
Rio Rancho, NM

We are working on telling Alphonse’s story, and hopefully it will include the story of Colors Magazine.--Bandit

Nearly every person I sent my letter to wrote back a story of their own addiction, or someone that they loved. It's such a private fight, and most people don't share those stories or emotions because they are embarrassed.

It does feel like a violation to talk about my sisters addiction, because I am exposing her in a way that she would never choose herself. But from the select group who I wrote to, I had an overwhelming positive response and a outpouring of support. People want to help. I needed that. She needs that. People need that. I would like to publish it.

Are you going to Sturgis? I am riding out. Haven't done that in awhile. Looking forward to it and praying we have a problem free journey. I am riding out with Jessie Combs, and she is the Grand Marshall of Sturgis this year. I didn't know Sturgis had a Grand Marshall. I would like to write the story for you.

--Bikernet Betsy

--Glad to have you back and look forward to your report. We all deal with addiction problems constantly. It’s bad shit and enabling only prolongs the problem. --Bandit

HARD TIMES Rogue One Percenter Quote:

"And I--I have shown him... that a man without hope... is a man without fear." - The Kingpin, Daredevil v1 #229

--Ujjwal Dey
Click for the Action.
Click for the Action.

We're pleased to say that your Dice Digital Issue 74 is ready. Thanks for supporting Dice and Choppertown by being a subscriber.

Your support keeps Choppertown and Dice going, please ask your friends to get their own subscription so we can continue bringing this wonderful magazine to you.

Note to iPhone/iPad users: To download the offline version to iOS v. 10.2.1+ (iPhone and iPad) please open this link in either mobile Chrome or mobile Firefox, Apple has an issue with Safari.

Have a great week and enjoy! Stay independent.

--Zack, Scott, Dean, and Matt (forever)
Click for Action.
Click for Action.

QUICK, New BANDIT’S CANTINA Reader Comment!--
 TIME TO RIDE Sunday Post for July 23, 2017

My first harmonica was gifted to me by my uncle, when I was a tiny little kid learning how to whistle. It was a Tremolo from a Chinese maker.

This year I started playing harmonica again and have an expensive Hohner Marine Band diatonic harmonica with wooden comb. It is spooky the many things we have in common Bandit. I also have a Music Man electric guitar.

--Ujjwal Dey
Bomb-aye, India

Never messed with a guitar just the strings in a redhead’s hair. Baby oh Baby. Going to stab at the Harmonica once more on the road to Sturgis. I have a Marine Band unit gifted to me from a brother in North Carolina.--Bandit

Touch Mandy to join...
Touch Mandy to join...

Bolt-On Hardtails for Vintage Triumph Motorcycles.

Bobber, chopper or whatever you want to call it, a rigid rear section can transform your motorcycle. Made in Cleveland, Ohio, Lowbrow's bolt-on Triumph hardtail does the job with the utmost quality and attention to detail, all while being affordably priced for home-builder or professional alike.

Lowbrow Customs hardtails bolt right up to your stock Triumph front frame section perfectly. These unit Triumph 650cc hardtails fit stock front frame sections 1963-1970 and are made from 1" x .125" wall crew tubing with 5/16" thick axle plates. Just what you need for that Triumph bobber or chopper build, you aren't going to find a nicer hard tail anywhere. Lowbrow Customs unit Triumph hardtails are approximately a 4" stretch over stock wheelbase, and a 2" drop (that is, 2 inches lower) versus a stock frame..

Made in the USA.

Lowbrow Customs' bolt-on Triumph hardtails are $249.95 and are in stock and ready to ship today. For more details or to place your order call toll-free 1-855-456-9276 or visit

Lowbrow Customs is run by a tight-knit crew based in Brunswick, Ohio, USA and has been at the forefront of design in custom motorcycle parts for bobbers and choppers since 2004.

Click for action.
Click for action.

The new t-shirt for the riders and fans of the Yamaha XT 500

When the Yamaha XT 500 hit the market in 1977, it took the hearts of motorcycle fans around the globe by storm and triggered a run on enduro bikes.

However, in one regard the one-banger four-stroker of the Japanese bike was always a special challenge, in particular for the inexperienced. It did
not have an electric starter and if you didn't know exactly how the starting procedure using the kick-starter worked, you had a really hard time
kicking an XT 500 to life.

Consequently, the motto of the new t-shirt from online shop is: "IF YOU CAN'T KICK HER TO LIFE, YOU CAN'T RIDE HER!"

For the original interpretation of this motto as a humorous t-shirt, was able to enlist famous French artist BOD, whose caricatures are featured in many of the world's leading media. His funny illustration symbolizes the legendary pitfall of the XT 500: from the ladder onto a trampoline and from there with bounce onto the kick-starter!

They high-quality gray mélange t-shirt with black print on the front is available exclusively online at The t-shirt comes in sizes M to 3XL and sells for just 23 euros including shipping and handling.

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood, music and motorcycling have signed on with riders like you to support the 10th anniversary of the Legend Ride’s charitable mission.

The celebrity lineup for the Legends Ride and the Legends Lunch currently includes an Academy Award-nominated actor, a GRAMMY award-winning musician, a legendary freestyle motocross athlete, actors, directors, producers and high-profile stars of the moto industry! Click through to meet them now!

9th Annual Biker Belles

Celebrate women in riding and support organizations benefitting women’s causes by journeying through the Black Hills on the Biker Belles Morning Ride™. This inclusive ride, led by Laura Klock and Karlee Cobb, will take you through some of the Black Hills most breathtaking scenery as you travel from the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip® to the Lodge at Deadwood for lunch, pampering and an inspiring symposium led by an amazing panel of leading women in the motorcycle industry.



The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulate at Bergen, Norway.

Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.

Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.

Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulfstream still very warm.

Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.

Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coast cities uninhabitable.

* * * * * * * * *

I must apologize. I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post 93 years ago. This must have been caused by the Model T Fords’ emissions or possibly from horse and cattle farts.

Or, quite possibly, Al Gore's grandfather.

--from Sam Burns

QUICK, OPEN THE BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY-- Pauly came home from school one day, with a note from his teacher: "Pauly has a strong tendency toward myopia. Please see about it."

The next day, Pauly returned to school with a note from his father: "Thank you for bringing this problem to my attention. I have given him a good thrashing, and he won't do it again."

--from Rogue and Sidehack Jerry

Get in on all of the juicy details around the 1st ever women's motorcycle festival and camping event, The Wild Gypsy Tour.

--Kelly Yazdi
The Wild Gypsy Tour, LLC

New Bikernet BAGGERS Reader Comment!--

So that's how it began great article fills in the blanks for me, I met Scotty one day years ago as he stopped by the Harley dealership I was working at, in Orlando.

-- Jack Hickey
Orlando, Florida

Click to bag it.
Click to bag it.

INDIAN MOTORCYCLES ANNOUNCES TITLE SPONSORSHIP & SCOUT BOBBER CUSTOM SHOWCASE FOR NINTH ANNUAL BROOKLYN INVITATIONAL-- Customized Indian Scout Bobbers Will Be Unveiled from Keino Cycles, Steve Caballero with Roland Sands Design, and Kraus Motor Co.

Minneapolis, MN, July 24, 2017 – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, announced today its title sponsorship of The Ninth Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show held September 9, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. Along with its sponsorship, Indian will unveil three custom versions of the all-new Scout Bobber crafted by Keino Cycles, Kraus Motor Co. and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero, in conjunction with Roland Sands Design.

“With its lean and mean, minimalist design, the Scout Bobber provides builders an ideal platform for customization, and we’re excited to see the creative interpretations brought to life by these three unique customizers,” said Reid Wilson, Marketing Director – Indian Motorcycle. “The Brooklyn invitational carefully curates an exhibition of incredible customs and from some of the world’s most renowned builders, providing the ultimate venue for us to showcase these custom Scout Bobbers and demonstrate the bike’s potential.”

The all-new Scout Bobber was released during X Games weekend in Indian’s hometown of Minneapolis. The muscular new Scout represents a core passion of motorcyclists – connection to the road without a need for anything unnecessary. “Strip it down” was the mantra and inspiration Indian Motorcycle used when developing the latest model in its iconic Scout lineup. A low-slung, blacked-out, minimalist motorcycle that proves less is definitely more.

Indian specifically chose these three well-known customizers, because each brings a uniquely distinct vision and signature style. The end result being three totally unique custom interpretations of the Scout Bobber. While Keino Sasaki and Satya Kraus carry long-standing reputations forged through years within the customization and aftermarket industry, skateboard icon Steve Caballero has seen his profile increase steadily within the motorcycle community thanks to his love for vintage American v-twins and his participation in festivals such as Wheels & Waves.

“I’ve long been a fan of Indian and the incredible history, legacy and influence the iconic brand holds within the motorcycle industry,” said Caballero. “I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Indian, collaborating with my friends at Roland Sands Design in creating a version of the Scout Bobber that is uniquely my own.”

The Brooklyn Invitational is a motorcycle, photography and music showcase in the heart of New York City. Builders appear by invitation only. Hosted at Root Studios, doors open on Sept. 9 from 1-11pm ET and tickets run for $15.

Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the Scout Bobber by visiting and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels. To learn more and purchase tickets for the Ninth Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show visit

NEWS FROM MOTORCYCLING PROFILING PROJECT-- Police in Texas Pressuring Bars to Ban “Motorcycle Colors”
Motorcyclists from Texas and around the US, many wearing motorcycle-related patches and colors, regularly visit public establishments and bars in San Marcos, Texas.

Recently, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) made a prejudicial recommendation to downtown San Marcos businesses to implement a broad policy of discrimination against any individual wearing motorcycle-related insignia or colors.

These recommendations amount to coercive pressure from a government actor to implement policies of discrimination. It is settled law that motorcycle patches and colors are Constitutionally protected by the 1st Amendment from acts of government discrimination. Prohibiting individuals from expressing themselves with patches or insignia exposes the government to liability under 42 USC §1983.

No agent of the government may pressure or coerce any establishment to impose a dress code that prohibits attendees from wearing clothing displaying the name or symbols associated with a motorcycle organization.

The Motorcycle Profiling Project (MPP), an organization representing the interests of motorcyclists in Texas and across America, is requesting that the San Marcos PD cease and desist from any further discriminatory recommendations relating to motorcycle clubs and has sent the following letter:

July 25, 2017

Chase Stapp – Chief of Police

San Marcos Police Department

tel: 512-753-2110

Dear Chief Stapp,

Recently, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) issued a prejudicial recommendation to downtown San Marcos businesses to implement a broad policy of discrimination against any individual wearing motorcycle-related insignia or colors. These recommendations amount to coercive pressure from a government actor to implement policies of discrimination. It is settled law that motorcycle patches and colors are Constitutionally protected by the 1st Amendment from acts of government discrimination.

No agent of the government may recommend, pressure or coerce any establishment to impose a dress code that prohibits attendees from wearing clothing displaying the name or symbols associated with a motorcycle organization. Prohibiting individuals from expressing themselves with patches or insignia exposes the government to liability under 42 USC §1983.

The Motorcycle Profiling Project (MPP), an organization representing the interests of motorcyclists in Texas and across America, is requesting that the San Marcos PD cease and desist from any further discriminatory recommendations relating to motorcycle clubs and issue a statement informing the public based on the attached analysis. (See pages 2-4)

The MPP looks forward to your response and resolution of this issue.

--Motorcycle Profiling Project

Page 1 of 3

Share this story:

Back to Bikernet News

Reader Comments

"I would think bikers would rather ride free of regulations, helmet laws, anti-tampering laws, and more and more EPA regs. They want to go their way and live life without undue regulation or mandatory anything. "

Great counter-point but if that were true then why do so many bikers care whether a man wears a dress or not and whether someone legally immigrated to the United States from another country. So you can't argue the "I" can have unlimited freedom but no one else can because that is what the system is now. "I can dump pollution into the river but you can't pollute the air with your motorcycle." If I say that people do not have the right to say I have to wear a helmet I cannot turn around and say but Bob can't wear a dress. That's hypocritical.

The analogy of the article is that for most rural people the only exposure to Muslims is on the nightly news talking about terrorist attacks or violence in the Mid-East (the bad) and conclude that they are dangerous where people in the city interact with Muslims and minorities every day and so don't see the threat (the good). People who work in emergency rooms only see the results of motorcycle accidents (the bad) and conclude that motorcycles are dangerous where bikers see the thousands of miles ridden, charities, etc (the good). If your only exposure is negative you form negative opinions.

Uncle Monkey
Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
Friday, July 28, 2017
Editor Response Interesting, and I can't speak for bikers in general and won't. Let's see if any brothers want to weigh in.
The Redhead with the Great eyes, there should be more pic's like that in every weekly article.

Tim Harrison
Cocoa, FL
Friday, July 28, 2017
Editor Response I could publish her weekly for the rest of my fleeting life. Amazing!

Your thoughts on this article

Your Name
Anti-Spam Question:
Please enter the words you see in the box, in order and separated by a space. Doing so helps prevent automated programs from abusing this service.