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Hang on, the news is full of surprises. I’ve talked to industry leaders and plenty of voices from the past this week. We mentioned the Mystery Sled published in ER in the ‘70s. It was photographed for the feature by Jake. Jake also built the bike. Dave Perewitz, reminded me of his real name Sandy Roca, yesterday. Dave painted the bike, Urethane clear.

The Mystery Sled by Sandy Roca.
The Mystery Sled by Sandy Roca.

Sandy is still building strange bikes and we might be able to bring you some shots in the near future. Sandy lives just an hour from Cycle Fab, which is in Brockton, Mass.

Dave Perewitz checking on the bike Pat Kennedy built. It just sold for $44,000.00. Photo by the Sheriff.
Dave Perewitz checking on the bike Pat Kennedy built. It just sold for $44,000.00. Photo by the Sheriff.

Dave, who has been painting custom bikes since ’69 still has his record books dating back to the early ‘70s. If you walked into his shop in 1973 and asked him to rake your frame, mold it and paint the tank, frame and two fenders the charge would have been, $175. The chisler…

We discussed Kim Peterson recently with the Mystery Sled chase. Here's a shot of Kim (center) with Elliot Borin (Left) and Pat Randle (Right). Photo by the Sheriff.
We discussed Kim Peterson recently with the Mystery Sled chase. Here's a shot of Kim (center) with Elliot Borin (Left) and Pat Randle (Right). Photo by the Sheriff.

I spoke to the factory this week about the history and design of gas tanks. Hang on for that story and it’s almost Halloween, so let’s hit the news:

Sheriff in Daytona way back.
Sheriff in Daytona way back.

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"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Nash Motorcycle X Jason Momoa's On the Roam Knucklehead inspired Collection!

A few years back we came together with Jason Momoa and his On the Roam brand to develop some one-of-a-kind HD Knucklehead motor inspired products! Here are a few of our favorites. Shown above, our good friend Terry Madden putting the 24-inch Knuckle Axe to work.

The Knuckle Buckle and Knucklehead Leather Belt

The Knuckle Buckle, that one of a kind buckle folks will be asking you about every time you wear it. This piece, like the others, is inspired by our mutual love of Harley Davidson's first OHV motor, the iconic Knucklehead. Available in stainless steel or bronze, and optionally paired with our Knucklehead leather belts!

The Knuckle Hammer

The Knuckle Hammer was our original piece developed with Jason for his On The Roam brand. Choose from : Polished Nuts - bronze or stainless or the original bronze version with out polished nuts. They come hand antiqued and mounted on a Tennese hickory wood handle. Striped by fire, all U.S. made and crafted.

The Knuckle Chopper hand axe with leather accessories

This unique hand axe Golden or Stainless is the ideal axe for throwing and chopping!!! Axe purchase comes with a full grain hand crafted, leather sheath! Add one of our hangers and or holsters for mounting or carrying! All U.S. made in our shop by our hands! Choose from black, brown, or natural leather. Golden Choppers leather accessories come with old brass hardware. The Knuckle Chopper leather accessories come with old nickel hardware.

Shop these products and the entire collection!

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CLIMATE ALERT--Wind Farm in Germany is Being Dismantled to Expand Coal Mine

By Paul Homewood

h/t Ben Vorlich

You could not make it up!

A wind farm in Germany is being dismantled to expand the Garzweiler lignite mine. One of eight turbines installed at the location in 2001 has already been removed. Nevertheless, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said it would phase out coal by 2030, as did RWE, the company that owns the mine.

Wind turbines near the Garzweiler open pit mine in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, run by German energy giant RWE, is being removed to make way for more lignite exploitation.

The turbines were in operation since 2001, and government subsidies have expired. Energiekontor and wpd, which is also active in the Balkans, operate the wind farm.

On a more serious level though, the story reports that the development of the lignite reserves has led to the forced relocation of a portion of a nearby village:

Am I the only one to feel insulted by the BBC, Committee on Climate Change , Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and the rest of the green mafia, who constantly tell us that Britain is lagging behind the rest of the world in fighting climate change?


I spent ten years working on my disabilities and fortunately was guided to the DAV. I know brothers and sisters have mixed feelings about their experiences with the military.

But if you have any concerns, questions, or problems, feel free to use my info below and reach out to the DAV for anything. They are the best, when it comes to veteran support.


There are just five weeks left in the Recruit a Warrior Challenge — and that means time is running out for you to earn multiple entries to win $1,000. Have you shared your personalized referral link with all the veterans in your life?

Member Name: Keith Ball
Deadline: November 30, 2022
Suggested Action: Recruit Now!

Your Recruitment Link:

It’s so easy to participate. Simply share your personalized link on Facebook or send it in a quick text or email to the veterans you know. Tell them what you love about being a member of DAV and ask them to join our ranks.

As a community of veterans helping veterans, YOU are our most powerful tool to keep DAV strong for the veterans of today and tomorrow. Thank you for being a member of DAV — and for helping grow this incredible community of veterans.

--Douglas K. Wells Jr.
DAV National Membership Director

BAKER DRIVELINE DEALER OF THE WEEK--Speed-Kings Cycle Supply - Riverside, CA
BAKER Drivetrain Dealer Since 2018

Established in 2011, Speed-Kings Cycle Supply was founded when Steve Edgar had the idea to start a company to help fund his love for building choppers. Steve didn't grow up around motorcycles, but he developed a love for them when the custom chopper scene was booming. Around 2000-2001, he built and modified choppers in his garage at night and worked at Daytec, building 300 style frames, during the day.

In the early days of Speed-Kings Cycle Supply, Steve sold headlights, taillights, and small parts that he designed and fabricated for choppers.

Steve's intention for Speed-Kings Cycle Supply was for it to be a one-stop shop for all chopper parts. In 2014, he sold his 1981 Shovelhead and bought a 2007 Dyna. He wanted to find out what the hype was all about with these newer models; this single purchase changed his entire perception of newer model bikes.

Since 2014, the shop has been specializing in customized parts for performance Dynas, FXRs, and Sportsters. Their most popular products include the Speed-Kings line of risers and handlebars.

The primary reason behind Speed-Kings' success is their genuine connection to the industry and to their customers. Everyone who works at his shop are "real riders who genuinely want to help" the community from learning how to wrench to purchasing the right product for their bike. "We aren't trying to sell people things they don't need. We are also customers of our own community".

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LAW TIGERS ALERT--Getting Your Texas Motorcycle License

Motorcycle safety course, training with road cones for Motorcycle License

Do you live in Texas and want to get your motorcycle license? Getting your Texas motorcycle license requires a motorcycle safety course, vision exam, knowledge test, road test, and more. Review the procedures below to see how you can get a motorcycle endorsement in the Lone Star State.

Motorcycle Endorsement for Riders Aged 15-17
Motorcycle riders can apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit at age 15 and a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s licenses beginning at age 16. To apply for a permit, you must:

 * Apply at a Texas Driver’s License office in person

* Provide certification for an approved motorcycle safety course (MSB-8 or MSB-8R)

* Provide appropriate identification, including a Class C provisional license and proof of a 32-hour driver’s education course with form DE-964 or PTDE-964 for students taught by parents

* Present a Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form from your high school, signed by appropriate authority from your school

 * Bring a parent or guardian to sign for authorization

 * Pass the written knowledge exam

If applying for a learner’s permit, you do not need to take the road test until you apply for your motorcycle endorsement. If under the age of 16, your permit will have an I Restriction, and you may not ride a motorcycle over 250-cc engine size. The restriction lifts automatically on your 16th birthday.

With a permit or J Restriction, you must always have a licensed motorcyclist supervisor over 21 years old riding with you.

When you apply for your motorcycle license endorsement and qualify for your Class M endorsement, you can ride without restrictions.

Getting Your Texas Motorcycle License as an Adult Over 18
For riders pursuing their Class M driver’s license, the requirements differ from applying for a learner’s permit. When getting your Texas motorcycle license, you must submit:

* A completed application for a Texas Driver’s License or State ID

* Proof of lawful presence or citizenship

* Proof of identity and residency

* Your social security number (SSN) or documentation that you never had an SSN in a sworn affidavit

* Registration and insurance for all vehicles you own or a signed affidavit that you do not own any vehicles

* A certificate for Texas Driver Education (DE-964 or DE-964E) (if you do not have a Texas Driver’s License)

All motorcyclists must complete a knowledge test, vision exam, and road test. Taking the approved motorcycle safety course could waive the knowledge test requirement. If you are transferring your motorcycle endorsement from another state or a Canadian province, you may not have to take the road skills test.

Motorcycle Safety Courses

Texas requires that new riders and endorsement applicants take a state-approved motorcycle safety course. Additionally, any rider under 18, including riders who already have a motorcycle endorsement in another state, must take an approved driver’s education course and complete the Impact Texas Driver’s (ITD) program.

Safety courses for beginners cover basic skills in handling a motorcycle, sharing the road with other motor vehicle drivers, and how to react in an emergency.

Call Us at Law Tigers for Motorcycle Law in Texas
We hope you found this overview to be helpful. Contact your local Texas DMV office for additional information about what you might need to get your Class M endorsement at your particular age and skill level.

At Law Tigers, we’re attorneys who ride, representing bikers and their families in personal injury and accident claims. Call us today at 1-888-863-7216 to find a motorcycle lawyer near you.


Back in July we stumbled into the Born Free show in California. I saw people there I hadn't seen in thirty-five years. Killer bikes, music, food and folks. One of the chance meetings I had was with Frank Ball Jr.

I couldn't believe it, my brother Keith Ball's grandson. We hit it right off, all good.

Three months later, this past weekend, Born Free Texas, who do I run into? Frank's sister, the beautiful Maxine Ball and both times I was with that ever loveable, always entertaining Dana Peters.

To top all of that, I met the Leader of the Pack, that's right, that Knucklehead riding beauty Mari Estrada, their mom. There were so many great moments this weekend but this was at the top.

Oh, Mari won the Knucklehead class and Ms. Vivian Gypsy Charros ‘54 Panhead won the AMCA class. What a weekend. A Blessed week to all y'all.

--Berry Wardlaw

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--Dave's 'Bad Dad-Rad' Custom Road Glide

I own this 2007 Road glide. As part of his 90 now I really need some touch up paint. There is now a couple good sized chips on the Tangerine color frame.

Would you be kind enough to help me get in touch with the painter on this project. I would also like to get a tour pack painted to match. Your help will be much appreciated.

Thank you.

--Michael Wood
Goshen, IN

Hey Michael,

Baddad is still going strong. Reach out to them and let us know if you need anything else:


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I listen to all genres of music. I have a Spotify Playlist ("mixed-tape", but floating on a cloud). I titled it "Motivation", blunt and brings immediate focus to its purpose. It's not a 'hit the gym' playlist, rather it would get you out of bed in the mornings when you have lost hope.

Here is a wonderful one from the "list", inspiring and encouraging. And the music video was damn entertaining. But don't get distracted by the wild video. Do pay attention to the lyrics, hence Spotify instead of YouTube for me!

Official Music Video: to scare your kids

Song: Learn To Fly
Rock group: Foo Fighters
Album: There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999)
Songwriters: Taylor Hawkins / Nate Mendel / David Eric Grohl

Run and tell all of the angels
This could take all night
Think I need a devil to help me get things right
Hook me up a new revolution
Cause this one is a lie
We sat around laughin' and watched the last one die

Now, I'm lookin' to the sky to save me
Lookin' for a sign of life
Lookin' for somethin' to help me burn out bright
And I'm lookin' for a complication
Lookin' cause I'm tired of lyin'
Make my way back home when I learn to fly high

I think I'm dyin' nursing patience
It can wait one night
I'd give it all away if you give me one last try
We'll live happily ever trapped if you just save my life
Run and tell the angels that everything's alright

Now I'm lookin' to the sky to save me
Lookin' for a sign of life
Lookin' for somethin' to help me burn out bright
I'm lookin' for a complication
Lookin' cause I'm tired of tryin'
Make my way back home when I learn to fly high
Make my way back home when I learn to

Fly along with me, I can't quite make it alone
Try to make this life my own
Fly along with me, I can't quite make it alone
Try to make this life my own

I'm lookin' to the sky to save me
Lookin' for a sign of life
Lookin' for somethin' to help me burn out bright
And I'm lookin' for a complication
Lookin' cause I'm tired of tryin'
Make my way back home when I learn to

I'm lookin' to the sky to save me
Lookin' for a sign of life
Lookin' for somethin' to help me burn out bright
And I'm lookin' for a complication
Lookin' cause I'm tired of tryin'
Make my way back home when I learn to fly high
Make my way back home when I learn to fly
Make my way back home when I learn to


WHEELS THROUGH TIME—Raffle bike for next year.
This is the one they are going to give away next year. It is a ‘37 also. He said a ‘37 brought 120K at a Mecum auction in Monterey.

--Bill May

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Arch Motorcycle 1s First Ride

ARCH calls its motorcycles “bespoke production”: machines that are not custom built but rather tailored to each owner. Founded in 2011 by designer Gard Hollinger and American actor Keanu Reeves, the company has a high-end take on V-twin-powered cruisers and sport-cruisers.

Now the Arch 1s, the company’s latest model, has arrived. What’s it like to ride a 124ci S&S-powered 1s? Cycle World Senior Editor Morgan Gales got an invite to find out.

You could spend an entire day just pouring over the billet aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium parts that make up the 1s. But what good is all of that $128,000 trickness if it doesn’t perform? Gales spent the day carving the canyons above Arch’s Malibu headquarters with Hollinger and Reeves and found that the Arch 1s is much more than just a showpiece to be displayed in a ultra-tidy garage next to other collector items. It belongs out on the road—enjoyed, not pampered. Read Gales’ full review here.

Ride on,
Justin Dawes
Executive Editor

Mid-term elections on November 8th draw near. Here is a list of ballot initiatives that directly affect motorists around the country.

No matter your political stance, the National Motorist Association encourages all motorists to vote in every local election. Remember--all traffic is local and your vote can make a difference in how streets and roads are funded plus other motorist issues that might matter to you.

Boulder County—Sales Tax Renewal

Voters are asked to renew a 0.1% sales tax that would raise $121 million over 15 years to fund multimodal transportation, roads, trails, bikeways, and transit.

Eagle County—Sales Tax Increase

Voters are asked to approve a half-cent percent to generate $11.5 million annually. Funds would establish a regional transportation partnership to enhance area transit systems.

Orange County (Orlando Area) Sales Tax Increase

A Yes or No vote will decide on a 0.1% sales tax increase for 20 years to raise an estimated $11.9 billion. Funds would be used for transit (45%), county roadways (45%), and city roadways (10%).

Augusta Question 1

Voters will decide whether to issue $2.055 million in bonds for street and sidewalk improvements, civic center repairs, and a boat landing.

Statewide Question 1

Voters are asked to raise a 4% tax (estimated $1.3 billion) on earners over $1 million to support education and transportation. Vote is subject to appropriation by the state legislature.

Statewide Question 4

In June, the Massachusetts legislature passed a law that would allow immigrants without legal status to obtain certain driver's licenses. Question 4 is a repeal against the law. A vote yes would preserve the law and allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a standard driver's license but not a REAL ID license. A vote NO would repeal the law signed this year.

Huron County Property Tax Levy

Voters are asked to vote on funding for the Huron Transit Corporation. The six-year property tax would levy $0.20 per $1,000 of home taxable value.

Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties Property Tax Hike

Votes are asked in the three counties to approve a 10-year property tax hike of $0.95 cents per $1,000 in taxable value. The extra taxes would fund the regional transit authority that serves suburban Detroit. Estimated first year tax revenue is projected to be $20 million.

Statewide C-48

Voters are asked to decide whether a search warrant would be required to access a person's electronic data (including connected vehicles and smartphones).

Statewide Amendment 1

Voters will decide whether a valid photographic identification (usually a driver's license or state ID) to vote.

Carson City Question 1

A Yes or No vote will decide on whether to continue the city's five-cent per gallon tax on diesel fuel with the additional revenue going towards highways, roads, streets, and alleys.

New Mexico
Bernalillo County Transportation Bond Measure

Voters will decide whether to issue $10.225 million in bonds for roads and other street and trail improvements.

Santa Fe County Question 1

Voters will make a decision on whether to issue $13.0 million in general obligation bonds for road improvements within Santa Fe County.

North Carolina
New Hanover County (Wilmington area) Sales Tax Increase

The 0.25% sales tax would raise $144 million over 10 years to support the public transportation authority and fund bike and pedestrian paths.

Charlotte Transportation Bond Measure

Voters will decide whether to issue $146.2 million in bonds to various transportation projects including streets and roads.

Akron Issue 10

City voters will decide whether the city should establish a police oversight board and a police auditor office.

Harris County (Houston Area) Proposition B

Voters will determine whether to authorize the county to issue $900 million in bonds to fund transportation projects including road maintenance, bridges, and bike lanes.

Corpus Christi Proposition A

A Yes or NO vote will decide whether the city of Corpus Christi can issue $92.5 million in bonds for street infrastructure projects.

El Paso Proposition A

A decision by local voters will determine whether the city can issue $246.48 million in bonds for street improvements such as sidewalks, streetscapes, and traffic controls.

Washington State
Statewide Advisory Vote 40

A vote of Yes or No will advise the legislature to either maintain or repeal a tax on transportation network companies passed in House Bill 2076.

West Virginia
Statewide Amendment 2

If approved, the measure would allow the legislature the authority to eliminate tangible personal property taxes on personal vehicles, business machinery, equipment, and inventory. Currently, taxes on tangible personal property is enshrined in the state's constitution, which means the collection is mandatory and not adjustable by elected officials.


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Take a hard look at infrastructure tax bills. See where the money is really going. --Bandit

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Hey! Is there really a Bikernet/K.Ball 2023 calender?? If not, it's still a really good idea!

Pauly D
Chicago, IL
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Editor Response Sorry, that was a one-off made in India. I'll let you know if it goes anywhere.
Really like the Road Glide trike in the Trike Report. Is that an owner-done conversion, a specialty shop product or a Harley prototype?

Age and heart problems are making standing up a touring bike and keeping it upright at stops damn hard. If I want to keep feeling the wind I'll probably end up on three wheels, and I like my Road Glide's look better than a Street Glide. What you guys show me is that there is a path ahead for me.

Vern Moore
Kingsley, PA
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Editor Response Hey Vern,

We were talking about this earlier. My Hamster brother, Mike Stevenson has been building and researching trikes. Check this feature:
Very nice site. Great info, pics and music. Beautiful bikes

Rosie Kain
Daytona Beach, FL
Friday, October 28, 2022
Editor Response Thanks much, we've been hammering it out for 26 years.
My brother whom passed away five or so years ago, had an etched Frankenstein's monster on his Evo derby cover . He had given me his dead head point cover. I don't know where he had that done here in Los Angeles .You or any builders know where I might find someone here who does this kind of work?

Torrance, CA
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Editor Response Hey,

Are you talking about engraving or casting. Chopper Dave handles casting anything you want. There are a number of engravers in the region.

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