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QUICK, BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for November 16, 2017

It's Show/Party Weekend on the West Coast with news from around the Globe

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Art Hall, Wayfarer, Sheriff, Sam Burns, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew
11/16/2017


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What a week?
It’s been a scramble and it’s not over. The IMS Long Beach Show is this weekend. Lots of folks in town for the show and we’re having a builder’s party at the headquarters with Holt and the Hot Bike crew and Chris Callen, Heather and Cycle Source.

I’m not much of a bartender, but I’m doing my best to prep for the builder’s, industry and Hamsters. We will cover the show, offer you a report on the industry and tell you about any new models to hit the crowded streets from the Long Beach prospective.

It’s never dull.
Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.



The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown and BorntoRide.com, Sturgis Museum.
 
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LATEST FROM SADDLEMEN--
Introducing the new Saddlemen Renegade LS.

Now Available for the 2013-2017 Softail Breakout from Harley Davidson
Saddlemen’s new Renegade LS for 2013 through 2017 Harley Davidson® Softails® was created for a single purpose: create a comfortable stylish minimalistic seat for your solo ride.



This Slammed Solo is built to streamline and compliment the Softail Breakout® while maintaining the comfort riders have come to expect from every Saddlemen seat.

Built with our exclusive GEL-Core Technology and featuring a beautiful lattice stitch pattern, our solo will keep you classy and comfortable for miles.

Gel-Core™ is engineered to dampen, divert, and deflect energy to create a smooth, therapeutic ride. When combined with the latest in co-molding technology reduces engine vibration by up to 50%, and direct impact forces by up to 92%.


Why does Saddlemen use this innovative material? Simple – to add hours and hours of comfortable riding time to every ride!
A quick look at the Renegade LS reveals that styling and good looks were not compromised for comfort.

The Renegade LS enhances and complements other accessories and upgrades, providing the finishing touch for the 2013-2017 Harley Softail Breakouts.

All Saddlemen seats are designed, tested, and built exclusively in the USA for the long ride. American made quality and craftsmanship is something we take very seriously since 1987 at the Saddlemen Long Beach, California manufacturing facility.

Every detail, every stitch, and every step of the process from raw materials to the final product has been carefully considered and inspected to insure that Saddlemen’s standards for quality, craftsmanship and comfort are continuously upheld. Experience the Quality, Craftsmanship, and Comfort built into every saddle

Saddlemen remains America’s first choice when upgrading a motorcycle seat; Saddlemen recognizes that every different body, and every bike, is built a little different and that sometimes even the best motorcycle seat may not meet everyone’s comfort expectations.

Unlike other seat companies, Saddlemen will help make it right. If for some reason a customer is not completely satisfied with their new set just call 800-397-7709 and a friendly Product Specialist will gladly assist.



Features Include

• The perfect seat choice for a minimalistic approach for a solo styling approach.
• The Renegade LS™ provides a new and improved modern look and comfortable feel unlike the OEM seat.
• SaddleGel™ is scientifically proven to increase the amount of time a rider can travel as its engineered to dampen, divert and deflect the energy from the road.
• The Renegade-LS comes standard with an interior combination of progressive density foam and SaddleGel™. The progressive density foam has a perfect balance between support and compliance for durability as well as comfort.
• Available with black or brown covers
• Sewn with a retro style lattice stitch to infuse old school looks with a modern day twist.
• Designed and made in the U.S.A.
• Show bike styling
Saddlemen seats are available at most local motorcycle shops served through Drag Specialties, a leading distributor of accessories and parts for Harley Davidson® motorcycles. Call 800-397-7709 or visit http://www.saddlemen.com/ . Prices: $250.00 in black or brown
Fitment: Harley-Davidson
Model: FXSB Softail Breakout
Year: 2013-2017
Seat: Renegade-LS
Part Number: 813-27-002LS Black Cover with Black Stitching
813-27-002BLS Brown Cover with Black Stitching

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GREAT FROG IN LONG BEACH AT IMS--

Originators of the infamous skull ring. The Great Frog continues to deliver individually hand-crafted pieces from its Soho basement where it first opened its doors in 1972.



Imogen will man the booth and you don’t want to miss her.

--Bandit


Check the 5-Ball Racing Flat Out Vest. Super clean. Click for action.
Check the 5-Ball Racing Flat Out Vest. Super clean. Click for action.






NEW FROM BRASS BALLS--
Derby Covers: Piston-Helmet Design
A cool and easy custom performance upgrade.

Replace the heavy stock derby cover with a light-weight, precision machined billet aluminum derby cover featuring our Piston-Helmet logo.



Brass Balls Cycles : Derby Covers, Piston-Helmet Design



• Precision machined from aircraft grade 6061 T6 billet aluminum
• Black anodized with contrast cut machined design
• Direct replacement for stock
• Multiple fitment options
• Light weight and strong
• MSRP $119.95
 
Brass Balls Cycles parts are available through Biker's Choice Dealers or at BrassBallsCycles.com



Dealers can order at their convenience via the dealer portal at BrassBallsCycles.com



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HOT NEWS FROM THE CLIMATE DEPOT--
Building a midsize fully electric vehicle results in 15% higher emissions than building a gasoline powered vehicle.

Study:
Cars can’t match electrics on efficiency
Gas-run vehicles would need to average 55.4 mpg
From Staff Reports
USA TODAY

DETROIT – If you prefer gasoline power over a fully electric vehicle, you’ll have to buy a car that’s a lot more fuel miserly than the one you’re probably driving now if you want to try to match efficiency.

A new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute finds that gas-powered vehicles need to average 55.4 miles per gallon in the U.S. in order to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a batteryelectric vehicle. That’s because even most electric cars aren’t oil or coal free. Their batteries are charged by electricity generated at power plants, which often are fired by oil or coal.

The disparity between electric vehicles and conventional gas-powered cars depends on what is used to make the electricity that charges a battery. In countries where coal or oil is king, generating electricity for a full charge creates more carbon dioxide emissions than in places where hydroelectric power, for example, is the main source.
Gas-powered cars sold in the U.S. have a long way to go to match electrics.

The mileage leaders among subcompact cars in the U.S. are the Ford Fiesta SFE and Toyota Yaris iA at 35 mpg in combined city and highway driving, the U.S. Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency say.

Hybrids, those vehicles with gas and electric power plants that work together, do better.
In weighing the impact, Michigan researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle also considered the impact of extracting and transporting the raw materials for either electricity or gasoline production.
 
The study looked at only fully electric vehicles, which are known as battery electric vehicles — not plug-in electric hybrids — vs. gas-powered cars.

Sivak and Schoettle reviewed data for 143 countries, finding wide disparities in those values. Albania, which produces all of its electricity from hydroelectric power, was at the high end of what a gas vehicle’s mpg would need to be to beat a fully electric vehicle.

At the other extreme were Gibraltar and Botswana, where electricity is produced from either coal or oil. The study relied on data from the Union of Concerned Scientists and the International Energy Agency.

The study did not consider the impact of manufacturing the vehicles but did note that the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that building a midsize fully electric vehicle results in 15% higher emissions than building a mid-size gasoline-powered vehicle. Larger battery packs push that gap to 68% higher for full-size vehicles.


--from Rogue
Supreme Commander
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TRAILBLAZERS NEWS



There was a lot going on this past weekend. Hope all of you Veterans know how much we appreciate your service to our country. We thank you for answering your call to duty that interrupted your lives at their prime.


 
Tom White was remembered with a memorial at Glen Helen. All fees were waived for the day. More than 100 riders were on the motocross track doing laps to honor Tom. His very good friend, Jody Weisel, spoke of their friendship and Tom’s last months. There was a video narrated by Larry Huffman, and one of Tom acknowledging and thanking family and friends. The day went just how he had planned. His family will be carrying on his legacy and he will never be forgotten.




74th ANNUAL TRAILBLAZERS BANQUET


APRIL 7, 2018

Reminder (one of many to come). The banquet will again be held at the Carson Center in Carson. The reception and bike show will start in the afternoon, followed by dinner and Hall of Fame presentation. Those being inducted this year are Scott Autrey, Kel Carruthers, Debbie Evans-Leavitt, Bruce Flanders, Dennis Kanagae and Chuck Miller. The late Skip Van Leeuwen will receive our annual wine toast and Tom White will be honored with the 2018 Dick Hammer Award, the Trailblazers’ highest honor.

Tickets go on sale online the first week in January. Watch the newsletters for an exact date. $75.00 each or you can buy a table of 10 for $750.00. If you are buying for a group, please give us their contact information so we can put them on the banquet roster, printed their names on the ticket and ticket envelope and add newsletter list . You have over a month to round up the information so no excuses.

$75.00 includes membership in the Trailblazers and newsletter (email only)

If you need a hotel room, the Doubletree shares the parking lot with Carson Center. We have a group rate of $145.00. Our group code is TMC. For reservations: www.carson.doubletree.com or (800) 222 8733




SPEAKING OF PRIME OF LIFE


We noticed that a good many of the Trailblazers email addresses contain their racing number. Once a racer, always a racer.



TAKE A LOOK AT JODY WEISEL’S MOTOCROSS ACTION MAGAZINE


There are several reasons to take a look, besides it being well written and great photos. Jody’s 60 best World Vet Championship Jokes or the nice spread on Tom White’s memorial ride are another couple reasons. https://motocrossactionmag.com/mag/jody-weisel, https://motocrossactionmag.com/tom-white-memorial-ride-day-photos.



MARY MCGEE HONORED AGAIN


Mary McGee, the first woman with an FIM license, received the 2017 Dirt Illustrated Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the sport of Motocross as a pioneer in women’s motocross.. Mary has received a pile of acknowledgments, and all well deserved. They have included the 2012 FIM Women Legend, for which she traveled to Monaco, 2005 Extreme Sports award, Trailblazers Hall of Fame and many more. Congrats Mary. You are the best.



LETTERS FROM A NEW ZEALAND LEGEND


Doug Towsley thought you might find these letters interesting. New Zealand legend, Burt Monroe corresponded with John Andrews in England for many years and the letters are now available on the Vintage Motorcycle Club of Johannesburg, South Africa newsletter.

www.vintagemotorcycleclub.co.za/KICK_START_2016 10_october.pdf



MITCH BOEHM ON THE AFT TEAM


Mitch Boehm is the new Communications Director for American Flat Track, starting immediately. Mitch has been involved in motorcycles many years as a motojournalist, racer and industry insider. He was with Motorcyclist 20 years, 14 years as Editor-in-Chief, 3 years with American Honda as an R&D expert and a year as Cycle World’s Managing Editor. The past nine years he has been an industry consultant. He also arranged and co-wrote Malcolm Smith’s 2015 autobiography. Congratulations Mitch




NEW EVENT MANAGER FOR AFT


Ashley Freas is joining the team as Event Manager. She was most recently Director of Marketing and Communications for New Jersey Motorsports Park. Her duties cover marketing, promotion, hospitality and VIP experiences. Welcome Ashley



TODD MILLAR R.I.P.


Todd was a great friend to many and a meticulous fabricator. He was a regular at the Trailblazer banquets. It was said that annually he would ride his little Bultaco Alpina out Route 66 to Death Valley, where he would camp out and stop for a beer at every watering hole along the way. Hi wife, Carolyn spread his ashes at Amboy Crater Grounds. A very nice man. Condolences to his wife and family.



LOOKING FOR SUPPORT FOR OFF ROAD PARK IN ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA


Jim Berry, the man behind the effort to put an off road park on 283 acres in Gypsum Canyon is looking for help. He needs to meet with Third District Supervisor, Todd Spitzer before the plan can go any further. If you can arrange a meeting or live in Orange County and wish to send an email or letter to give Spitzer a nudge, here is the information.

Supervisor, Todd Spitzer 333 W. Santa Ana, Blvd, Santa Ana, CA, 92701 (714) 834 3330 or todd.spitzer@ocgov.com Jim Berry (949) 228 5651 jfberry@sbcglobal.net




RACER PARTY IN ST. LOUIS


It is that time again when we all meet in St. Louis. The 9th Annual Racer Party will be on Saturday, January 27, from 10am to 4pm at Donelson Cycles. The gang starts showing up on Friday where the party starts at the Embassy Suites (11237 Lone Eagle Dr.) (314) 739 8929 Group code is Donelson Cycles group. There is a shuttle from Lambert Airport to hotel and to party. Rate ends January 5, 2018. We continue the party Saturday night at the hotel. Info at Kim Keen (314) 427 1204 or (314) 369 8342.




ARCHIVES IN CYCE NEWS


Larry Lawrence has dug way into the past (Issue 43) to write about a Los Angeles board tracker, “Millionaire” Morty Graves. He earned that nickname because he won so many races and took the purse home.

Issue #44 tells of Piet Boonstra. Piet received the AMA’s outstanding road rider award in 2002. He rode for 67 years and covered over a million and a quarter miles until an accident in 2013.

Issue #45 has the story of David Baily winning Carlsbad USGP in 1985. Many of us can remember this one.


50 YEARS AGO IN CYCLE NEWS


Manuel Burton won $10. For a photo of Dennis Brikman sliding his BSA at the Elsinore flat track. Gary Conrad won his 18th in a row at the Rams M.C. Pacific Southwest Championship H & H. “Little”David Aldana won the 100cc trophy dash on a Suzuki at Orange County Speedway. A road ride in Death Valley drew an estimated 10,000 riders. It might have been the beauty and bikini contests. Another road ride took place in Ensenada Mexico. Dan Haaby and Sammy Tanner dueled at Ascot. Walt Mahony photo of Shorty Seaborne on the cover. Shorty won the Ascot 20 lap State Championship. Some of the participants in the Hopetown GP were Torsten Hallman, Ake Johnsson, Joel Robert, Roger DeCoster and Dave Bickers.



40 YEARS AGO IN CYCLE NEWS


Sue Fish on the cover. Roger DeCoster and Bob Hannah dueled at the Trans-AMA MX Series in St. Peters, Missouri. DeCoster won. Jay Springsteen won the Camel Pro Race of Champions in Florida. Gary Bailey gave tips on making Bultaco perform better and last longer. Jimmy Weinert testing new plastic boots from Scott Goggle. DeCoster and Hannah at it again in Plano Texas. Roger won. Story of Bonneville. Dirt Diggers Grand Prix in Trabuco Canyon on cover. Larry Roeseler won the 500 Jr. Dick Mann won old timers master class. Goat Breker won the 250 pro class and Sue Fish the womens.



30 YEARS AGO IN CYCLE NEWS


Dick Mann’s 4th Annual Vintage Dirt Bike Rally at Sand Hill Ranch in Brentwood, CA. Participating, among other stars were, Gary Nixon, Mert Lawwill, Bart Markel and Joe Leonard. Dan Smith won Rabbit Creek H&H in Murphy, Idaho.




5TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI RIDE DAY


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017


This event raises money for the Kurt Caselli Foundation. Have fun and be generous. It will be held at Glen Helen Motorcycle Park. Gates open at 8am, Tracks open from 9 to 4pm. Tracks available will be: Motocross – Kids—Off Road course—Team Race—ISDE Special Test Course

$20.00 Gate Fee, camping included. Camp Caselli to follow Ride Day. Pre register to receive a shirt.

https://www.clasy.org/events/-/e151225
For info: Lindsey@kurcaselli.com www.kurtcaselli.com/events



OLD SCHOOL TT SCRAMBLES TAKE II


DECEMBER 2nd practice- December 3rd racing AT GLEN HELEN’S TRUCK TRACK FACILITY. New to the mix is a Quad support class. Check it out.

Racing on a Gary Jones designed track. Pre entries must be post-marked by 11/18/17. Or on line by midnight 11/18/17. Get a FREE event T-Shirt for pre-registering. Gates open 3pm-9pm Friday, December 1 for early arrivals and over-night camping. $10. Per vehicle, per night. Saturday gates open 7am-8pm, practice 9-2. Sunday is TT Scrambles Racing. Practice at 9am Pre-entry on-line form: http://www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com/on-line-pre-entry-form.html

List of Classes:
http://www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com/classes.html

Questions@oldschoolscramblesracing.com


SATURDAY NIGHT RACES ON GLEN HELEN’S STADIUMCROSS TRACK.
Their 1st race of winter. Practice at 5pm, racing at 6:30pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/2227222090637226/



VINTAGE DIRTBIKE RENTAL


If a bike of your own is what is stopping you from participating in a great weekend at the Old School Scrambles, no worries. TMC Co. Vintage Dirtbike Rentals have 100cc, 125cc, 240cc and 400 cc. They are based in Hesperia, but will bring the bike to you. (760) 403 3634.



ENDUROCROSS FINALS AT ONTARIO, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH


Always good racing. You can watch practice for FREE from 9am to 3pm on Saturday. Doors open again at 6 pm and races start at 7:30. Citizens Business Bank Arena. Friday , Destry Abbot, and friends, will conduct a 2 hour DA8 training session on the track. Open to all riders for $100.00 https:/secure.tracksideprereg.com/endure



77TH ANNUAL TURKEY NIGHT GRAN PRIX


This isn’t bikes, but still a good show. Agajanian presents a two night USAC Midgets and USAC Sprint Cars program at Ventura Raceway November 22 and 23.



AMA DUAL SPORT AND KTM AMA NATIONAL ADVENTURE RIDE


Los Angeles, Barstow to Vegas on November 24th – 25th. This is a District 37 ride and the 34th year. It is 400 mile plus. www.district37ama.org www.labarstowvegas.com



NORTON CLUB RIDE RUN FOR THE ROSES


Departing December 31 from Pasadena to Newcomb’s Ranch. For more information. www.socalnorton.com



BSAOCSC RIDES


“Elsinore Grand Putt” Dual Sport Ride is on Sunday, November 19th. Ride leaves from 133 S. Ralph Road, Lake Elsinore, CA. Arrive at 9 am for coffee and ride at 10 AM. VINTAGE MOTORCYCLES ONLY, with street registration and spark arrestors. Info: Steve Ortiz (951) 440 3521

“1st Annual Caboose Dual/Sport Ride. Starts at Bill Getty’s “Railroad Ranch” above Banning, 49125 Boarder Road, Banning, CA. Arrive 9am with full tank, ride leaves 10am. It is approximately 70 miles of easy to moderate dirt roads. Bill Getty (951) 940 5411 or Steve Ortiz (951) 440 3521

Ortizst11@hotmail.com




FUTURE EVENTS TO PUT ON YOU CALENDAR


Might need to make plane reservations

2018 Dakar January 6 – January 20 Peru/Bolivia/Argentina

Round 1 MotoAmerica April 13th – 15th Braselton, Georgia

Round 3 MotoGP April 22nd Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas

Isle of Man TT May 26th to June 8th 2018



RIDES, RACES & SUCH


November 18 2-7 Flat Track practice at Perris Raceway

November 19th SoCal Old Time MX Adelanto/Sunrise

December 3rd SoCal Old Time MX Cahilla/Anza

December 9-10 D37 Big 6 Gran Prix Lake Havasu City

December 17th SoCal Old Time MX LACR/Palmdale

January 6 Round 1 SuperCross Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA

January 5-6 Best in the Desert Parker, Arizona (And back to the Desert Bar)

January 13 Round 2 SuperCross NRG Stadium Houston, Texas

January 20 Round 3 SuperCross Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA

May 19th Round 1 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Hangtown Rancho Cordova

May 26th Round 2 Glen Helen National Glen Helen Raceway

Click to find out more.
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We are going to feature this Nash creation in the near future.
We are going to feature this Nash creation in the near future.



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