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By Bandit, Bob T., Rogue, Jerry, Jeffrey Najar, Buckshot, Doc, Renegade, El Waggs, Uncle Monkey, Jack Mcintyre and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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Hopefully the brothers are flying
towards Vegas on their Dynas, one sporting a new set of Samson Pomona duals.

This bring up a topic. A few years ago I saw an ongoing need for an industry council to fight government intervention back. We approached SEMA and they wanted us to sell booths at their massive Las Vegas show. I guess they weren’t rich enough.

The MIC told us not to do it. They even sent a contingent to lean on me at the Bikernet Headquarters. They said they had it covered with the V-Twin committee. Ultimately I attended a meeting with Tim Buche and told him that if the MIC changed their membership rules, they had a chance to represent a larger segment of our industry. He declined, but several years later they started a dealer program. Interesting.

We approached the Motorcycle Riders Foundation with our notion and they accepted us, and we thought we might see progress. Immediately MRF board members quit going to the V-Twin show in Cincinnati. I was made a liason to the board, but it didn’t last and communications became sparce. Hell, maybe I didn’t brush my teeth. I don’t know. After a couple of years I wondered if the MIC influenced the MRF, who knows. We kept trying and supporting the MRF.

Chris Callen, the Supreme Editor of Cycle Source Magazine Empire, and I continue to believe the custom motorcycle industry needs a strong aftermarket voice to fight for the freedom to build custom bikes and modify stock bikes. Since the ARB in California got away with their 1913 muffler certification law, the industry is now tied with pipe regs on any bike 2013 and newer. We need to fight back unless we want to ride only stock bikes in the future.
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 Let’s hit the news: The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by Cycle Source magazine, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, and Iron Trader News.
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INDIAN SUMMER ISN'T OVER UNTIL YOU SAY IT IS-- The Never Ending Summer offers have been extended until October 31st.

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2016 CLASSIC TRIUMPH CALENDAR-- This TR6 from 1969 is just one of 12 stunning Triumphs seen in the 2016 Classic Triumph Calendar published by Wolfgang Publications with photos by Timothy Remus.

Get yours at, just scroll down the home page and click on the cover. $19.95 + S&H.

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His wife's graveside service was just barely finished, when there was a massive clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by even more thunder rumbling in the distance.

The little, old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, "Well, she’s there."

There were four sophomores taking chemistry and all of them had an 'A' so far. These four friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to visit some friends and have a big party. They had a great time but, after all the hearty partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Florida State until early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, they decided that after the final they would explain to their professor why they missed it. They said that they visited friends but on the way back they had a flat tire. As a result, they missed the final.

The professor agreed they could make up the final the next day. The guys were excited and relieved. They studied that night for the exam.

The next day the Professor placed them in separate rooms and gave them a test booklet. They quickly answered the first problem worth 5 points. Cool, they thought! Each one, in a separate room, thought this was going to be easy ... then they turned the page.

On the second page was written...
For 95 points: Which tire?

--from Rogue and Jerry

RARE HARLEY BARN FIND breaks auction record in Australia-- Early 20th Century Harley Davidson motorcycles are rare enough items in themselves. But when one surfaces that was uncommon even when new, and from a line of racing models largely destroyed over the years in the pursuit of speed, you know that you probably have an exceptionally scarce item on your hands.

So when a barn-find Harley-Davidson racing machine and sidecar is found after 50-plus years in storage in Australia and then sent to auction, the bidding is sure to be fierce. With a final winning bid of AUD$600,000 (US$420,000) – and a new Australian auction record – that was certainly the case.

These racing machines were very popular with oval track racers at Maroubra in Sydney, and the ... Rare in its day with only 50 models ever made, it is even more rare to ... The motorcycle is in original, unmodified condition Many of these racing bikes ended their lives in spectacular fashion in the pursuit of faster ...

The circa-1927 FHA 8-Valve V-Twin racer complete with its scramble-type sidecar was one of fewer than 50 built and an exceptionally rare machine anywhere in the world. So for one to turn up in an Australian shed after decades certainly set the motorcycle collector world abuzz. With bids coming in from all around the globe, the rare Harley was auctioned at Shannon's Melbourne Spring Auction on September 21.

In the mid-1920s, Harley-Davidson's F-head Twin Cam racing bikes were the vanguard for the factory race team until the American Motorcycle Association brought in a new "Class C" for production-based 45-cid motorcycles. These new rules rendered the Twin Cam machines obsolete on the track in America.

This was not the case in Australia, however, and a number of these machines made their way across the Pacific during this time. They were very popular with oval track racers at Maroubra in Sydney, the Motordrome in Melbourne, and other circuits around the country. Running on racing mixtures that often consisted of 75 percent wood alcohol and 25 percent benzol, these motorbikes had higher compression ratios than the standard units and, as a result, much higher outputs than their strictly gasoline-only road-going brethren.

Unfortunately, many of these racing bikes also ended their lives in spectacular fashion in the pursuit of faster speeds and ever more dangerous competition.

With a "no reserve" ticket allocated to the lot, the seller really had no worries about securing a good price, particularly with its incredible rarity value. Nevertheless, the clinching bid of AUD$600,000 (US$420,000) well and truly exceeded all expectations. Even taking exchange rates into account, this sort of money would not have been out of place amongst the notable sales of early and uncommon Harleys at the recent E.J Cole auctions in the United States.

Sure to be eligible for inclusion in Gizmag's list of the top 100 motorcycles to go to auction, this ultra-rare example of Harley-Davidson motorcycle racing history is destined to stay in Australia according to its new owner, so we may well see this particular example one day restored to its former glory and on display Down Under.

Source: Shannons

NEW FROM THE 5-BALL RACING LEATHER LINE, The IKE - Boot Tough & Rattlesnake Slick--

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"Life is like a Bank account, you can only take out what you put in, sadly most people are living on over draft."
"Successful people go after what they want, non Successful people avoid what they don't want"

As for Cycle Source we WILL NOT be covering TROG this year as we have since the second running of it. Nor will we ask our staff to sign an agreement that hands off their hard work for the right of use to that organization and requires them to pay admission, pay for the privilege of being allowed access.

Furthermore, I think that any event that has used our media outlets in the past, when no one cared about their function, only to raise awareness and build their brand but now would belittle our contribution deservers no further support.

And it doesn’t stop there, additionally they expect the journalists to not only sign away all their rights to any photos for any use they see fit and expect those same journalists to not only get signed waivers for anyone that might be in a photo but also accept the liability of any legal action ensuing from any person in any photo.

Heather Callen
Managing Editor
Cycle Source Magazine
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Bikernet will not support or cover this event. In fact, we are starting our own event. The Race of Rascals. Everyone is invited—Bandit


-- should be like Sunshine,
and convey a bright view

--should be like a flower,
and convey a fragrant thought

--should be like pure water,
and convey clear notions.

--Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Harry's Oldstyle Bikeshow is gaining momentum. The line up is getting bigger, and the event is going to go off.

We have our regular sponsors on board this year, including, as well as some new faces. Plenty to see and do.

31st of October, Halloween.
Free camping Friday and Saturday night.
Dinner supplied at a small fee on Friday night.
Bar will be open.

Early entrants and campers will be arriving from all over from Friday afternoon. Gates open to entrants and vendors from 6 am Saturday. Public welcome from 9am.

Registration for bike show from 9am to 1pm.

tattoo show,
art show,
live music.
bike games
trade stalls
food and beer
kids entertainment. (kids out by 7pm)
plenty of giveaways and prizes.

Our charity recipient this year will be Wounded Heroes, so they will be there, raising money for returned soldiers and family. They are a grassroots organization, not for profit ,and 95% of all the money they raise goes to soldiers and families.

All money raised by the "rev it til it blows" bike will go directly to them.


Yeah, Yogi will surely be missed.

Berra-isms (colloquial expressions that lack logic) are now countless, and many of them are just attributed to Berra, even if he never actually said them. As he so perfectly put it: “I never said most of the things I said.” Here our favorites.

1. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

2. You can observe a lot by just watching.

3. It ain’t over till it’s over.

4. It’s like déjà vu all over again.

5. No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.

6. Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.

7. A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.

8. Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.

9. We made too many wrong mistakes.

10. Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.


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Article so good I would love to have the ht1800 kit to install on my 2012 Gold Wing. Going to save my money, who knows maybe next year.

-- Jerry Shaffer
Charleston, AR

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JUST IN FROM THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY-- Presidential candidates in fantasy land over health care.

Commentary: candidates say this and that about health care, but it's the insurers and pharmaceutical companies that call the tune.

--By Wendell Potter

Presidential candidates from both parties are full of sound and fury about various aspects of the U.S. health care system, but unless we as a nation get serious about big money in politics, all the noise will ultimately amount to nothing.

Every one of the Republican candidates has pledged to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But I’m not sure they realize that the interests of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, as well as hospitals and physicians, were considered first and foremost as the law was being drafted.

Yes, Obamacare has brought some needed reforms to the insurance marketplace and has enabled millions of previously uninsured Americans to finally get coverage. But health insurers have not only thrived since the law was passed, they are more profitable than ever, and that has made their executives and investors happy—and richer. The stock prices of the five largest for-profit insurers have tripled and in some cases quadrupled since the law was passed.

And now that many more people can afford to see a doctor and pick up their prescriptions and hospitals are not having to provide as much charity care, most health care providers would be just as upset as the insurers if a repeal of the law became a real possibility.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both announced plans to fix some of the problems not addressed by the ACA. Both of them said they favored allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for lower prices and they both want to make it legal for Americans to re-import drugs from Canada and elsewhere. They also criticized the outsized profits of many drug makers and pledged to force the companies to provide more information about how much they actually spend on research and development.

Clinton also proposed capping out-of-pocket drug spending for some people with chronic conditions at $250 a month. Even though her campaign acknowledged that the cap would apply to only about a million people, the proposal drew sharp rebukes from both the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Former CIGNA executive-turned-whistleblower Wendell Potter writes about the health care industry and the ongoing battle for health reform.

America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s largest PR and lobbying group, said it opposed any plan "that would impose arbitrary caps on insurance coverage.”

AHIP even criticized Clinton’s and Sanders’ plans to enable Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, saying that imposing caps and “forc(ing) government negotiation on prescription drug prices will only add to the cost pressures facing individuals and families across the country."

If you’re wondering why insurers don’t want Medicare to have the ability to negotiate with drug companies, here’s why: it would make their Medicare Advantage plans, which offered prescription drug benefits to seniors long before the traditional Medicare program could, much less attractive. The irony is that private insurers can negotiate with drug companies but the federal government cannot.

And if you’re wondering why that is, here’s why: lobbyists for drug companies and insurers have defeated every bill that has been proposed over the years to allow Medicare to negotiate for drug prices, just as they have been able to defeat every bill—even those with bipartisan support—that would allow Americans to order medications from Canadian pharmacies.

When Congress was considering legislation to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare in 2003, industry lobbyists insisted that language that would have authorized the government to negotiate with drug companies be stripped out of the bill. Six years later, they won again when they the Obama administration caved in to pressure from the drug companies and made certain that the ACA would not include drug negotiation authority for Medicare. This despite the fact that Obama had said when he was a senator from Illinois that, “Drug negotiation is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do.”

In fact, the drug companies always win, which is why Americans pay far more than citizens of any other country for prescription medications. We pay exactly 100 percent more per capita for pharmaceuticals than the average paid by citizens of the 33 other developed countries that comprise the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Obama also once supported drug re-importation, as did Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential election. In 2012, two years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, McCain teamed up with Sen. Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio) in another attempt to get Congress to pass a drug re-importation bill.

When it became clear that his bill would not pass, McCain took to the floor to denounce the ability of well-financed special interests to control the federal government.

“What you’re about to see is the reason for the cynicism that the American people have about the way we do business in Washington. (The pharmaceutical industry)… will exert its influence again at the expense of low-income Americans who will again have to choose between medication and eating.”

Don’t expect that to change anytime soon. As long as interest groups can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections and can hire hundreds of lobbyists to do their bidding, millions of Americans will have to decide between health care and eating, while executives and shareholders get richer and richer.

Wendell Potter is the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act.

--from the Center for Public Integrity

Anomia: \uh-NOH-mee-uh\
Medicine/Medical. the inability to name objects or to recognize the written or spoken names of objects.
Lilian’s anomia, her problems with finding words, had increased, too. When I showed her some kitchen matches, she recognized them at once, visually, but could not say the word match, saying, instead “That is to make fire.”
-- Oliver Sacks, The Mind's Eye, 2010
Anomia entered English in the early 1900s and is a New Latin construction. It's a combination of the Greek a- meaning "not, without," the Latin nomen meaning "name," and the suffix -ia, which is often added onto words to denote a name of a disease.

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