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

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As you know, life is nuts.
Just about the time you’re packed to roll 1,500 miles to Sturgis, you’re best tire goes flat. It’s one of those glass half empty, half full omens.

Sometimes I’m pissed, but generally it means there was a problem that needed addressing. Better now than out on the road.

I know many of us are hitting the road to the Badlands, so I’ll cut this short.

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.

BUILDING FOR A STRONGER FUTURE, BONNIER MOTORCYCLE GROUP ANNOUNCES RESTRUCTURING PLANS-- Today, Bonnier Motorcycle Group (BMG) announced restructuring plans across all editorial and sales departments in order to deliver more specialized content and provide better solutions for the motorcycle industry to engage with enthusiasts.

Many steps will take effect immediately, which include ceasing production of Sport Rider magazine, headcount reductions and the implementation of a new company staffing model, focused on content and sales specialization.

BMG is shifting from a title-specific content and sales structure to one that empowers the editorial as well as the marketing staff to focus on one role across all BMG brands.

This is compared to the previous model where many of the 13 motorcycle media brands had their own staff members with like responsibilities. The change will better enable the Group to produce engaging content for audiences on the platform they choose, and help deliver solutions to BMG clients to sell products to the world’s largest network of motorcycle enthusiasts.

“As digital channels become more technologically driven and advertising solutions demand greater optimization, these changes will help BMG deliver more informative and inspiring content to its audiences.

“The new channel-specific approach, in addition to expanding marketing-solution options for partner brands, will also help decrease the cost-per-acquisition and increase sales for the Group’s clients," said Andy Leisner, Vice President and Managing Director of Bonnier Motorcycle Group. “We do not make these decisions lightly, especially when reducing staff, but we’re confident these steps will serve as a stronger foundation for our future and will benefit our clients and the motorcycle industry.”

The new model will remove the boundaries between BMG departments by changing staff responsibilities from one specific brand property or department to a specialized task that serves the overall Group. In addition, the strongest people in each discipline will be empowered to manage these roles, which will improve quality of the work produced.

The Bonnier Motorcycle Group is comprised of 13 motorcycle media brands including Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Dirt Rider, Hot Bike, Sport Rider, Baggers, Cruiser, Street Chopper, Super Streetbike, UTV Driver, ATV Rider and the episodic series On Two Wheels.

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--

Bummer, was looking for ezrider simplifed wiring info! Have known about these books for many years. This article told only of their existence without providing info on how to find them or diagrams.

-- Don. Wilso
Walland, TN

The Easyriders Magazine group is also being restructured we hope. Should have info in Sturgis.

Regarding Tech Tips and Tricks. I believe the first two books contain the famous wiring diagrams. I don’t know if Paisano Publications still has them, but Dave Hansen from the Shop, in Ventura California was talking about reprinting them. Check it out.--Bandit

Biker's Choice is pleased to announce that they are now offering products from the Memphis Shades line of fairings, windshields and accessories.

The new line of products includes their Trigger-Lock interchangeable, tool-less removable fairings and windshields, Spoiler windshields for FLH and FLTR fairings, replacement windshield plastic and accessories.


LAS VEGAS BIKE FEST ALERT-- Registration Prices Increase Soon!

If you haven't registered yet for Las Vegas BikeFest, today is the day! Prices will increase in August - don't miss out on getting the best bang for your buck! CLICK HERE to register NOW!

AND if you register before August 1 you will be eligible to win a prize in our BIG JULY GIVEAWAY.


Dearest Dad,
I am coming home to get married soon, so get your check book out. I'm in love with a boy who is far away from me. As you know, I am in Australia ... and he lives in Scotland.

We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook , had long chats on Whatsapp. He proposed to me on Skype, and now we've had two months of a relationship through Viber. My beloved and favorite Dad, I need your blessing, good wishes, and a really big wedding.

Lots of love and thanks.
Your favorite daughter,

My Dear Lilly,
Like Wow! Really? Cool! Whatever ... I suggest you two get married on Twitter, have fun on Tango, buy your kids on Amazon, and pay for it all through PayPal. And when you get fed up with this new husband, sell him on eBay.
Your Dad

--from Rogue and Sidehack Jerry

Almost all done, except for the wiring.

Not a fan of wiring.

--Paul Aiken

Click for action.
Click for action.

Dear Boss,

I think you have already found The Truth or The Enlightenment.

I can only wish to be happy and dedicated and positive like you. All I see is doomsday, World War 3, disease and misery. My morning Prozac pill isn't working.

You build, you create on paper, you communicate with the world. I get homesick when I wake up and leave my bed. Your joy and innate nature and personality is inspiring. I wish I could be like you. You are still learning new things, exploring opportunities, carrying relationships through decades, riding, joking, informing, discussing.

Sure you disagree with a bunch of folks but you don’t hate an entire community or race or nation. You have surpassed human capacity and incorporated cosmic skills.

I really am grateful to be associated with you for so long. I sure as hell don’t have the balls to end myself. So might as well learn how to live. You are an ideal example. American Dream. American Spirit.

--Ujjwal Dey
Most Magnificent Editor
Bikernet Trikes

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Click for the Action.

Your Weekly Biker Bulletin from Inside the Beltway

Your Motorcycle Riders Foundation team in Washington, D.C. is pleased to provide our members with the latest information and updates on issues that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. Count on your MRF to keep you informed about a range of matters that are critical to the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. Published weekly when the U.S. Congress is in session.

Infrastructure Package Stalled? Plus Driverless Car Bills Zoom Through Energy & Commerce

As a candidate, President Trump pitched revitalizing the nation’s infrastructure (and creating jobs while doing it) as a key priority of his agenda.

For motorcyclists, the idea of a major infrastructure revamp could be a two-edged sword. On one side, the possibility of better road conditions and more favorable riding settings; while on the other, we ‘tried and true’ MRF lifers know that the safety-crats will undoubtedly use this big package to slide in language affecting our right to ride.

Because of this, your MRF has been keeping a close watch on these discussions as they develop. However, Trump’s ambitious public works plan is fast becoming an afterthought. It remains stuck at the end of the legislative line according to the staffers I’ve spoken with on Capitol Hill. They’ve told me it’s behind a number of other ‘must dos’ including negotiations over the budget, the debt ceiling, a tax overhaul, a new push to toughen immigration laws and the seemingly never-ending story of trying to find a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Trump’s team has yet to produce the detailed plan he has promised to deliver “very soon.” This is despite talk from Democrats and Republicans alike that this could be an important win on his agenda. The current rumor is that we may see an outline of a plan come fall…and when this announcement does come, your MRF will be ‘at the ready’ to make sure your voice is heard.

On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee considered a bill on driverless cars. It tackled some contentious issues like balancing the roles of federal and state governments and granting exemptions from federal motor vehicle safety standards.

H.R. 3388 is one in a series of bills that the Committee is examining in its efforts to regulate this fast-growing sector. Of note, an amendment was added during Thursday’s markup, which required vehicle manufacturers to provide consumers with clear information on new cars' self-driving capabilities and limitations.

This would address the concerns of many (including others on the road – LIKE RIDERS) that individuals who use these types of vehicles won’t know when the computers stop and they have to take over!

This type of confusion could have disastrous consequences. H.R. 3388, or the SELF-DRIVE Act was voted on 54 – 0 with no one opposing. You can review the Committee’s work below. The bill now heads to the House floor.


A Need for Speed

This week, the federal safety watchdog, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), released statements saying that speeding is a big blind-spot in America's road safety efforts. To change that, it's issuing a new set of recommendations for federal and state officials. According to the draft report released earlier this week, more than 112,500 people lost their lives in speed-related crashes from 2005 to 2014, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic deaths in America over that period. While you can read the report by clicking HERE: NTSB REPORT

Let me break it down for you…the NTSB says excessive speed kills and our federal and state officials aren’t doing enough to address the problem. So along with the report, the NTSB issued safety recommendations to the US Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Governors Highway Safety Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Sheriffs’ Association. The NTSB also recommended action from seven states that prohibit automated speed enforcement, 28 states without automated speed enforcement laws, and 15 states with automated speed enforcement restrictions. So what does all that mean for riders? Better get ready to smile – I predict more speed cameras in the days ahead….

Possibility of New Toll Roads in Wisconsin, Oregon, Rhode Island

As the summer draws to a close, our partners at the Americans for Toll-Free Interstates have been steadily working to oppose tolling expansion at the federal and state levels. And though tolling efforts have slowed slightly due to the summer lull, Oregon, Wisconsin and Rhode Island have managed to stay busy…

Oregon’s transportation bill has a provision implementing variable tolling on some major freeways within the state. For those that don’t know, variable tolling means charging a higher price to get on the road if it’s congested. I guess Oregon riders better avoid the freeways during rush hour. Hope you like to take your rides between 10am and 3pm! And in Wisconsin, Republican senators haven’t been able to find consensus as to whether to pursue toll roads for Wisconsin’s interstates.

Like paying to ride your bike on highways? Didn’t think so. Want to do something about it?


Don’t Take No for An Answer…Seriously!

I had an exchange with a MRF member a week or so ago that I thought I would pass along. I know that many of you are getting responses back from your Members of Congress based off of letters they received from you asking them to rethink the ethanol issue, sign on to the profiling resolution, proceed with caution on driverless cars, help pass the RPM Act, etc. etc.

What I imagine most of you get is some sort of generic response that says, “be assured if this issue comes to the floor, I will keep your views in mind”

Now, the reason I know this is because I used to be a congressional staffer….and admittedly sometimes a lazy one. And sometimes in those lazy days of summer during my days on the Hill, I would simply copy and paste that generic response and send it out – signed, sealed, delivered. (and then hightail it to happy hour)

Let’s put aside the fact that I was a 22-year-old underpaid staffer who had a softball game to play and beers to drink. Instead let’s focus on what we should take away from this insider’s perspective: DON’T TAKE THIS INITIAL LETTER AS A FINAL ANSWER! Likely, a lower level staffer (like me!) wrote this. It’s a general copy and paste job. They don’t expect (nor want) you to respond. BUT YOU SHOULD. This will kick the issue up to higher level staffer (perhaps the Legislative Director) or a more Senior aide.

Also? I would demand an answer. Get them on the record as saying “I cannot sign on at this time” or “I don’t support this bill” because once you have that answer, you can do your own copy and paste job and send their response out to all of your contacts and label that elected official as NOT BIKER FRIENDLY. We’ll see how he (or she) does in their next election…because remember….BIKERS VOTE.

Bottom line – don’t take the initial response as a final answer…like all good things in life, we have to work a little to get what we want.


--Megan Ekstrom
Vice-President of Government Affairs & Public Relations
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation


Never a dull moment.

--Bob T.
13 Palms, California

Newbies Guide to Sturgis 2017

It’s big. It’s a party. It’s scenic. It’s a culture. And it’s an unforgettable experience. It’s Sturgis! The 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! If this is your first time, you’re in for a treat. Since Sturgis is the largest motorcycle rally in the world, it can be overwhelming. We’re here to help you out. Although it’s impossible to cover everything you should know about and expect at the rally, we’ve put together the most important bits and pieces so you can have the best time at Sturgis.

Quick History

The infamous motorcycle rally did not start out as massive as it is today. In 1938, Indian motorcycle riders in the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club held their first Sturgis rally, the “Black Hills Classic,” which focused solely on racing and stunts. It was a single race with only nine participants and a handful of people in the audience. Fast-forward to today and that same rally has grown into a 10-day motorcycle phenomenon, the largest motorcycle rally in the world with over 500,000 participants!

Main Areas and Events

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally offers races, competitions, concerts and constant entertainment. The events and races are divided among three zones throughout and around the city: the Sturgis Zone, the Bear Butte Zone, and the Black Hills Zone.

The Sturgis Zone is on Main Street, where attendees come to hang out and shop the huge lineup of vendors. Bars, motorcycle shops, and tattoo parlors make it a great place to spend the afternoon (or a full day) if you’re not into going to the party areas outside of downtown. Motorcycles races also happen here during the week.

You’ll find most of the concerts and entertainment held at the Bear Butte Zone. Alcohol is also served here, but the hub is close to the loud and fun campgrounds so attendees don’t have to worry about riding to and from. You can also find drag races and more motorcycle races in the Bear Butte Zone.

The Black Hills Zone offers the scenic escape part of Sturgis. Here you can explore Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and other natural monuments as you ride through this area of South Dakota and Wyoming. You’ll find some peace and seclusion here. It costs about $10 for admission into state parks and monuments, so bring cash if you plan on exploring these sites. And get ready for twisties!


Thankfully the parking arrangement for the thousands of motorcycles at Sturgis is simple. You can park for free on Main Street (which is blocked off for Sturgis) or at some off-site venues. The spots should be marked well, but workers will be there directing traffic. You can also park for free downtown, but make sure it’s a tow-free zone.


Daytime in August in South Dakota is hot, humid, and usually rainy. Bring breathable and lightweight attire; riders who ride in the heat often recommend a white long-sleeve shirt. But temperatures can drop at night, so bring warmer clothing options for the evenings. It will probably rain at some point also, so bring attire and gear that can keep you comfortable in rain and wind.


It’s a rider fest! The environment of Sturgis has an underlying party feel (I mean, it is the largest motorcycle rally in the world!) with its concerts, anything goes attitude and bars. But it is well-patrolled and only some areas are wilder than others.

The overall purpose of Sturgis is to bring riders, whether young or old, amateur or experienced, together in a place that celebrates motorcycles and the community that surrounds them. Most of all, you will experience the incredible culture of the motorcycle world. Along with the concerts, races, vendors, you’ll see more motorcycles than you could ever imagine and meet fellow riders that have a common love for riding and adventure.

Six Tips for You

Wait a few days to buy apparel and memorabilia. Vendors often lower their prices as the days go on. If you can wait until the last couple days to buy a Sturgis t-shirt, you’ll get good deals. Gotta have a Sturgis t-shirt!

Expect admission costs and bring extra cash. Some places (like bars outside of town) charge admission to enter. We know you probably want to buy the wristband for the week since it gives you access to the major concerts and events, but it’s best to come prepared with a little extra just in case.
Watch out for cops.

Once you get to Sturgis, be careful not to roll stop signs or ride even a few miles over the speed limit. The police in town have been known to crack down on riders who are not on their guard.

Watch out for deer. We guarantee you’ll see a few.

Bring ear plugs. They’ll be useful in general to have throughout the week, but you’ll be especially glad to have these if you’re sleeping on the campgrounds when a half a million of your friends have later bed times than you!


And by the way,while you’re there, if you’d like to share your Sturgis Story on video, contact Jackie here. Law Tigers Sturgis Stories.

Contact Jackie to share your Sturgis Story!

Ride a lot, enjoy yourself, take pictures, meet lots of people, have fun and ride safe! Don’t forget to stop by and see the Law Tigers team…we’ll be everywhere!


Biggest SAMSON Exhaust Sale in History

Prepare yourself for the sale of the century at Samson Exhaust! To celebrate Sturgis’s 2017 Rally, everything IS heavily discounted up to 70% off, with free exhaust installs for purchases $500 OR more. It’s that simple.

This promotion runs the dates of the Sturgis Rally (Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 13).




He grasped me firmly, but gently, just above my elbow and guided me into the room, his room.

Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone.

He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice close to my ear.

"Just relax."

Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing, and moving upward along my calves, slowly but steadily.

My breath caught in my throat.
I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn't care.

His touch was so experienced, so sure.

When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder, and partly closed my eyes.

My pulse was pounding.

I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my rib cage.

And then, as he cupped my breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply.

Probing, searching, knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slid them down my tingling spine and into my panties.

Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant.

This is a man, I thought - a man used to taking charge.

A man not used to taking 'No' for an answer.

A man who would tell me what he wanted.

A man who would look into my soul and say . . . .

..........."Okay, ma'am, you can board your flight now.”

--Jim Waggaman

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