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By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Ed, Tony Pan Sanfelipo, Derrel, Zayn Malik, Rhys, Ujjwal Dey, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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I want to tell you the ultimate formula for success.
It’s all about working with you’re group and helping out whenever possible. It’s not about power or profits.

I’ll give you a for-instance. Harley represents freedom to so many of us, but they haven’t always followed the code. They restricted their dealers and tried on numerous occasions to eliminate the aftermarket.

Now, that we’re facing tough times and ridiculous regulations, they start a freedom campaign. I’m not trying pound on Harley. I’m excited to see how they will handle these efforts and if they honor the Code of the West. Being true is the ultimate goal. 

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We may have one last shot with this administration. In the ‘60s we questioned authority and sought freedom. This may be our last shot or we’ll be forced underground, sort of like I wrote in my 1999 book, “Sam ‘Chopper’ Orwell.

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I’ve always said chopper riders and custom builders are the last mechanical bastion of Freedom in the United States. Let’s keep it alive and continue to reach out and help everyone on two wheels.

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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, Sturgis Museum.

THE WISCONSIN BRAKE LIGHT CONTROVERSY-- I got a call last week from a rider in Wisconsin who was pulled over for a brake light violation. The State Patrol deputy said his modulating brake light was illegal. After some discussion, he let the biker off with a warning.

I researched the law in Wisconsin, and talked to several biker friends to find out if any of them heard about enforcement of the brake light law. It turns out, Wisconsin allows the modulating brake light or a deceleration warning light on motorcycles, but only if center mounted and emitting an amber color. Most systems I’ve seen incorporate the brake lights, which are red.

So, although seldom enforced and not a huge problem, current brake light warning systems are in conflict with the statute language. The language itself is in conflict with another state statute, which says the only color allowed to be seen from the rear of a vehicle is red, yet the brake light statute calls for center-mounted amber lights. After some checking, it appears there is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion among many of the states that allow brake light modulating or deceleration warning systems.

I’ve asked my ABATE chapter to look into this problem and seek some legislative relief. Tennessee seems to have found a remedy in that it allows an exception for red warning systems on motorcycles. The link below is the article I wrote to explain this all. Feel free to share it with your readers on Bikernet.

Tony “Pan” Sanfelipo
Hupy and Abraham, S.C.

The tragedy in Las Vegas is extremely upsetting and we pray for everyone the tragedy has affected.

I think we can all agree that in this world of individuals who do not value life, we have to stand strong and make a statement that this type of incident will not force us to cower or hinder us.

Las Vegas BikeFest is on schedule and we do not anticipate any changes. As many of you know, the event site is Downtown Las Vegas, 8 miles from where the events unfolded last night, and as always we are working with the Las Vegas Police Department to protect our event.

We urge everyone to continue their travel plans and know that our event staff, security staff and each of us are always vigilant in observing the surrounding areas.

We look forward to seeing you at Las Vegas BikeFest. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 866-BIKEFEST (245-3337) or 702-450-7662.



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LETTER FROM A HORSE READER—I was told that I would receive issue 171 back in August.  It is now Oct still have not seen issue 171?  Has is been on newsstands?  The last issue I received is April 17? 
 I have been a subscriber for at least 20 years!  This will be the 4th time I have contacted you concerning this. Each time I have been told something different??  If this cannot be corrected, refund what is owed to me on my subscription! This is ridiculous!
—Mike Pullin
We took over the subscriptions because the fulfillment company was making too many errors.  Issue 171 will be the last issue the subscribers will receive.  We will no longer be doing subscriptions.  You can go under the subscription link on our website and fill out the form for the refund.  We will process them accordingly.  You will still be able to purchase the magazine through our website or at book stores.  Thanks for your sub.

--Charlie Horse

EIGHT Really Bad Laws That Went Into Effect Today-- From cellphone tracking in Connecticut to gummy bear bans in Colorado and bitcoin surveillance in Japan

Every year, thousands of new laws go into effect across the country on October 1. States use the start of the fiscal year to begin enforcing these laws. A sobering number of these laws will turn out to be bad.

Federal agencies and even some foreign countries revel in imposing all new manner of unnecessary authority. On this day, for example, the United Arab Emirates started levying a 100 percent excise tax on products like tobacco and energy drinks and 50 percent for soda today.

There are much worse laws than that. Here are eight of the worst going into effect today around the country and around the world!

Touching your phone in Oregon

From this day forward, Oregon drivers are prohibited from touching their cellphones while operating their vehicles, except to make a single swipe intended to turn a phone off. While lawmakers passed the prohibition to make it easier for cops to enforce cellphone while driving laws, the "single swipe" exception is sure to muddy that.

The law will apply to cellphones, tablets, and GPS devices, but not for police officers, of course.

"You don't want to hurt anybody else just to answer a simple text," Officer Jeremy Shaw told KOBI 5.

Gummy bear-ijuana ban in Colorado

As of today, gummy bears, chocolate bunnies, and other playfully-shaped marijuana edibles are banned in Colorado, where recreational marijuana has been legal since 2014.

Despite a steep drop in teenage marijuana use after legalization, the state Assembly continues to harbor misguided idea that it needs to ban adult products to protect children.

There is no evidence children hunger for marijuana edibles—nevertheless the new law is specific and wide-ranging in its ban on "edible marijuana-infused products in the shape of a human, animal or fruit... including shapes that resemble or contain characteristics of a realistic or fictional human, animal, or fruit, including artistic, caricature, or cartoon renderings."

You'll still be able to purchase plain-looking edibles, the law clarifying that edibles in "geometric shapes and simply fruit flavored are not considered fruit and are permissible."

Cellphone tracking in Connecticut

Among the 140 laws going into effect in Connecticut today is one that aims to regulate cellphone tracking by police agencies. Unfortunately, the law gives cops too much discretion to use the cell site simulator devices that make phone tracking possible.

Specifically, the law permits police to use such devices for 48 hours without a court order during "exigent circumstances" (despite it not taking nearly that long to obtain a warrant even in an "exigent" circumstance) and for two weeks under an "ex parte court order," which means police don't have to notify anyone about the tracking.

Legislators also brought in use of cell site simulators to intercept communications under the state's wiretap laws, allowing prosecutors to ask a three-judge panel to issue ex parte wiretap orders for them.

Enhanced sentencing for crimes against first responders:

In Nevada, enhanced penalties kick in today for hate crimes committed against first responders, including police and firefighters, because they are first responders. Criminals convicted of such crimes can face between 1 and 20 years in prison on top of the sentence for the crime. The enhancement, at least, can't exceed the length of the original sentence.

Critics of hate crime laws have been warning since the 1990s that hate crimes, which rely on the speech of a suspect for proof, would end up being used by those in power to punish speech offensive to them. Last year, Louisiana became the first state to make killing a cop a hate crime. Momentum, meanwhile, is growing for a federal version of such a "blue lives matter" law.

Fracking ban in Maryland:

After a two year moratorium, Maryland this year passed a complete ban on fracking, which goes into effect today. The law is not based on sound science but on rank fearmongering.

A 2015 study from Yale found that fracking does not contaminate drinking water, a popular bugaboo for fracking opponents. The Obama Environmental Protection Agency also found fracking had a negligible effect on drinking water.
Other lies about fracking have also helped to motivate opposition to fracking—fracking does not make it possible to light your drinking water on fire.

Fracking fluid can't seep into groundwater and poison your tap, Fracking doesn't increase air pollution. It doesn't cause cancer. And the natural gas freed by fracking is decidedly better than coal.

Unfortunately, Maryland is the latest but unlikely the last place where hysteria has won out over science.

Continuing education for cosmetologists

The Maryland General Assembly should take a collective bow for making it twice on this list. A new law in effect today gives the State Board of Cosmetologists (yes, there is such a thing for the people who do make-up professionally) the authority to require most cosmetologists to complete continuing education classes to renew their licenses.

At least 33 states and the District of Columbia require cosmetologists to be licensed, often requiring more than 1,000 hours of training to qualify. Maryland requires 1,500 hours or a two-year apprenticeship, which requires a license of its own.

Remove your electronics and prepare for pat-down:

Starting today, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) will require all passengers going through security screening to remove any electronics larger than a cellphone from their bags and place them in separate bins.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced the new regulations in June, prompted by reports that terrorists were now capable of hiding bombs in large electronics.

Finally, our wait is over.
A four-month delay in implementation seems excessive if the threat was as dire as the DHS suggested. On the other hand, four months of passengers getting through security checkpoints without taking out their electronics without incident suggests the threat might be less dire than DHS suggested.

Most of what the TSA does at airports is kabuki security theater. The agency has wasted billions of dollars, while perfecting the fine art of harassing travelers.

Bitcoin surveillance
Japan legalized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in April, and today all cryptocurrency exchanges must be registered with the country's Financial Services Agency (FSA).
The agency will monitor the exchanges' internal system and, according to the Japan Times, conduct on-site inspections as necessary. In preparation, the FSA assembled a 30-person "surveillance team" to oversee the exchanges.

Japan is separately considering a plan to create its own digital currency to completely eliminate cash, and the anonymity that comes with it, by 2020.

--Ed Krayewski

Ed Krayewski is an associate editor at

--from Rogue

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Lisa did an excellent job on Chapter 25.
Further Adventures of the Borderland Biker will be forthcoming on Bikernet.

Just google (How to meditate by Dr. Andrew Weil) and you'll find a series of youtube videos on diet and meditation. He calls it a 'path' to Wellness.



Vanderkooi Joins the 2017 American Flat Track Champion Jared Mees, Wrecking Crew Rider Bryan Smith & Privateer Johnny Lewis Aboard the Scout FTR750

Heading into the American Flat Track Finals, Indian Motorcycle Racing today announced Twins rider Jarod Vanderkooi will race Brad Baker’s backup Indian Scout FTR750. The half-mile race in Perris, Calif. will be Vanderkooi’s first time running the Scout FTR750 this season.

“Jared, Bryan and Brad have dominated for Indian Motorcycle all season,” said Vanderkooi. “As we head into the last race, I was approached with an opportunity to run the Scout FTR750, and after getting approval from RMR and our sponsors I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I wanted to experience the Scout FTR750 for myself.”

Vanderkooi will join Johnny Lewis, who will again run a stock Indian Scout FTR750. Lewis ran the off-the-showroom-floor race bike at the Lone Star Half-Mile on September 23, where he reached the podium for the first time all season.

After more than 60 years away from professional flat track racing, Indian Motorcycle, backed by Allstate Insurance, secured the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship. Additionally, Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees secured his fourth career national championship after a first-place finish at the Williams Grove Half-Mile on September 9.

Aboard the Scout FTR750, the Indian Wrecking Crew has combined for 36 of the season’s 51 total podiums, including six sweeps. Mees has nine victories on the season with a total of 362 points. Fellow Wrecking Crew Riders, Bryan Smith (290 points) and Brad Baker (247 points) rank second and third place in the season’s standing.

For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Indian Wrecking Crew, visit and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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BOOK REVIEW OF THE WEEK-- World Run (motorcycle fiction by K. Randall Ball)

The story picks up shortly after the previous story ends (Harbor Town Seduction). Even though this tale can stand on its own I would recommend reading Harbor Town Seduction first as it sets up this book nicely.

World Run finds our hero, Chance Hogan, down and out in the women department only to fall in lust and subsequently in love with a local Asian beauty. This love affair propels Chance into an adventure where he has to count on old friends and new to sort out the cause for events which lead him on a wild journey around the world.

Again, KRB no doubt has drawn on his own experiences to help this story flow by providing vivid descriptions that puts the reader right there in the different ports of call.

I would highly recommend these two Books, Harbor Town Seduction and World Tour to anyone who wants to get lost in a good story for a few hours.


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A Missouri convicted murderer whose lawsuit forced the state prison system on Monday to announce a ban on tobacco will seek a transfer out of state because of threats from angry inmates, his lawyer said.

Ecclesiastical Washington, who is serving a life sentence for strangling and suffocating two women in the 1980s, recently argued in court that secondhand smoke was harmful to his health and asked a federal judge to force a policy change.

After the court last week prohibited the sale, use and possession of tobacco after April 1, 2018, under a settlement agreement, the Missouri Department of Corrections on Monday said it was sending memos to alert 32,000 inmates to the change.

"Tobacco will become contraband," prisons spokeswoman Karen Pojmann said.

Michael Foster, Washington's lawyer, said threats from inmates who are losing the opportunity to smoke had already forced Washington to move to another prison. Foster said on Monday they would seek to move Washington out of state.

"We're worried about what might happen to him," Foster said.

Washington's years-long legal fight centered around his complaints that as an inmate at the Crossroads Correctional Center, in Cameron, he shared cells with heavy smokers despite having asthma.

Smoking was already prohibited inside the state's 21 adult correctional facilities but allowed in outdoor areas and available for purchase at prison commissaries, Pojmann said. Foster argued at a trial last year that inmates were often found smoking indoors amid lax enforcement.

"He was sentenced to life in jail, not life in jail with constant exposure to secondhand smoke," Foster said.

Foster said the ban on tobacco would not benefit just his client but could also save the state money in health-care costs.

After U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey ordered the state to ban tobacco products late last week as part of an agreement, prison officials said Monday that inmates would be offered smoking cessation classes and counseling. Smoking areas will be provided for staff and visitors outside the perimeter.

Smoke-free policies nationwide in prisons were rare in the 1980s, but by 2007 almost 87 percent prohibited smoking indoors, a 2015 government-funded study found. Tobacco is banned in federal prisons.

"Missouri is among the last states to do this," Pojmann said.

Washington was sentenced to death in 1989 under his former name of Willie Simmons for the 1987 murders of Leonora McClendon and Cheri Johnson, the Kansas City Star reported.

(Reporting by Chris Kenning; Editing by Leslie Adler) MSN.COM

--from Rogue

V-TWIN EXPO BY EASYRIDERS CANCELED-- This letter is to regretfully inform you that the 2018 V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati is being cancelled, due to factors beyond our control that ultimately impact the overall event quality. As you know, the V-Twin Expo has played an important role in the v-twin industry since 2000.

I’m proud to say the V-Twin Expo delivered a world-class trade show year after year and helped reignite the industry’s only v-twin focused trade show. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that you will see our decision positively and support it.

I want to take this time to thank you for your on-going support over the years, and I look forward to seeing you again at the next v-twin industry event. If you have any questions regarding this cancellation notice, please email,

--Jim Betlach
Vice President
Easyriders Events

With a first edition in February 2000 in Cincinnati, the V-Twin Expo by Easyriders was an annual trade show dedicated and reserved to all professionals of the V-Twin industry. Held at the Duke Energy Center, vendors showed their new aftermarket parts and accessories to journalists, distributors and motorcycle dealers while many seminars were held on the topics of the day.

When the big economic recession hit in 2008 the V-Twin trade show and all other motorcycle trade shows, including the Advanstar general show (out of business last year) and the AIM show in Orlando began to struggle. With each year less vendors participated and less dealers visited (there were significantly fewer dealers). The major Advanstar show moved to Chicago then died. The new AIM show shifted locations and the parent company sold out to the MIC.

Manufacturers tight marketing budgets, expensive exhibitor booths, significant travel expenses and cheap competition from internet letting vendors announce and explain their new products all year long, accelerated the demise of the all trade show efforts.

Since April, owner of Paisano, Joe Teresi has sought a buyer of all the Group assets, Easyriders and Tattoo magazines and Easyriders outdoor events. In The Wind, Road Iron and Wrench mags were recently shut down and Easyriders is currently 9-times a year with Tattoo quarterly. Times are rapidly changing. But there’s a bright star looming ahead. Hang on for more reports.

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Uncle Monkey was only half correct. Flying the flag union down IS a signal of distress. Not standing during the National Anthem is just a sign of disrespect. And to do it for the flag that flew over Union troops, that's just poor education.

Dago, CA
Monday, October 9, 2017
Editor Response Well said.
I think I have had my moment to cool off, I am really offended that anyone could equate feeling in front of the flag i served two, yes 2 years under in Vietnam with flying the flag upside down for distress is a bit, no a lot more than i can choke down.

if you are unhappy with the country take you're overpaid ass somewhere else and take those hippy's from the '60's with you. I did not bury my brothers, who I served with to listen to this shit.

deland, FL
Friday, October 6, 2017
Editor Response Perfect.

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