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By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Joe Teresi, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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I’m still catching up on sleep from Las Vegas Bikefest.
I’m also in the process of constantly learning. I’m learning business, new technology and constantly on the search for more information regarding our freedoms to ride and build motorcycles.

Amazing Artistry in Iron winner from Vegas Bikefest.
Amazing Artistry in Iron winner from Vegas Bikefest.

I’ve been after the EPA and CARB in California for several years purely from a freedom basis. The planet may or may not be headed down a troublesome path, but these agencies don’t need to attack motorcycles for any reason. But recently many other issues came to light. I’m going to touch on a couple here.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported in the Week Magazine: A new study from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has concluded that most forensic-evidence techniques—including fingerprint, bite-mark, firearm, footwear, and hair analysis techniques—have surprisingly high error rates, and often are “rank guesswork.” Only “the most basic form of DNA analysis” is scientifically sound, the study found. Forensic experts work for the prosecution, natch. Let that sink in.

Several times recently during heated discussions on the EPA, the cow fart issue surfaced. I listened and was intrigued but didn’t know the facts until the Redhead of Redheads found a documentary on Netflix called the Cowspiracy from This documentary will blow your mind. Here are just a handful of facts:

Animal Agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.

Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

Methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2 on a 20-year time frame.

That’s not all. The one thing on the planet that gives back to the environment is plant life and trees and we are cutting them down at the rate of one acre per second for live stock grazing and feed production.

The Artistry in Iron competitors including Kirk Taylor in the center.
The Artistry in Iron competitors including Kirk Taylor in the center.

Get this: One cow and a café require 10 acres of grazing land. A cow eats 140 pound of feed and drinks 40 gallons of water a day. The production of one gallon of milk takes 1000 gallons of water.

I’m just letting this sink in. Let’s get to the news. I’ll bring you more on this topic in the near future. One more fact: In 1812 there were 1 Billion folks on earth, in 1912 there was 1.5 Billion and in 2012 we exploded to 7 Billion. Hang on, over 200,000 babies are born every day.

Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.

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TAM Communications is our small, family owned publishing business started in 1989 in a spare room over the garage, as the thesis for my MBA. Prior to that I worked in my family publishing business - Penny Press.

Our American Iron Magazine is the undisputed best selling motorcycle magazine on the newsstand, and has been for more than a decade. We publish it every 4 weeks (13 issues a year).

A few years ago we tested American Iron Garage - an all tech magazine. It was quite popular, and we have been increasing the frequency from annual to semi-annual to quarterly. We are increasing the frequency to 6 issues in 2017.

Our latest adventure is American Iron Salute, on sale October 25. We are publishing it as a motorcycle salute to our brave men and women in uniform. We feel this is a good thing to do. There is a strong emotional tie between motorcycle riders and our military, police, fire and EMS members, so we feel this is a wonderful way to say thank you.

American Iron Salute, an offshoot of category leader American Iron Magazine, ?goes on sale October 25.

Articles in this issue include various tribute bikes, a World War I Harley carrier pigeon carrier, a 1950s NYPD Indian motorcycle, and an article on how some of our military are using motorcycle therapy to deal with Post Tramautic Stress Disorder.

If this issue sells as well as we expect it might, we will make it an annual issue.

American Iron Magazine at 13 issues a year, American Iron Garage up to 6 issues a year, and our new American Iron Salute might become an annual.

So no, we do NOT believe print is dead.

--Buzz Kanter
TAM Communications, Inc
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Andy, the main subject of this news item is the guy who has built my last four custom bikes.

I am told that even if the Federal court judges that he should stay in Australia, the Immigration Minister can, with a stroke of a pen, once again cancel his visa and kick him out of our country.

It is not right that one man, the minister, should not be beholden to the law of the land.


A one-way ticket out of Australia

It is as breathtakingly simple as it is blunt. And it is now one of the most effective tools in the armory being used by law enforcement to combat bikers in Australia ... writes Nigel Hunt in a rehashed "police/politician PR puff piece" for the South Australian Sunday Mail newspaper.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan has revealed the Federal Government has cancelled the visas of 116 motorcycle club members and other criminals as the war against organized crime continues unabated.

One by one, they are slowly being picked off. While some are household names, others are known to no one but their immediate circle of friends and family.

So far, three Adelaide bikers have had their visas cancelled as the purge continues. The highest-profile club member deported is Mongols state treasurer Andrew Peter Stevens.

His clinical removal took place in June. He was still in bed when Crime Gangs Task Force detectives and STAR Group members “knocked’’ on the door of his home. In minutes he was travelling in a police convoy – dressed only in underpants – to Adelaide Airport where he was placed on a charter jet that ferried him straight to Christmas Island.

Stevens, a father of six and grandfather of three, has lived in Australia for 45 years after emigrating from the UK with his family aged just nine. He remains in custody at Christmas Island, having opted to fight his deportation from there, rather than the UK.

His application for a review of the decision is set down for a hearing before the Full Court of the Federal Court in November.

He is arguing his deportation is constitutionally invalid.

There is little doubt Stevens’ legal team is pushing a heavy wheelbarrow up a very steep hill to win the appeal.

An identical challenge by former Rebels national president Alex Vella was quashed early last year. He subsequently sought leave to appeal that decision in the High Court but, in October last year, it was refused.

Vella, 60, was visiting his birth country of Malta in mid-2014 when then-Immigration Minister Scott Morrison cancelled his visa, leaving him with no legal means of returning to Australia.

Another ousted Adelaide biker is Comanchero Paul Burgess. He was also removed from Adelaide in June and, likewise, is fighting the order rescinding his visa.

Under Section 501 of the Immigration Act an individual’s visa can be cancelled with the stroke of Minister Peter Dutton’s pen.

The clause allows cancellation on character grounds if individuals “are or have been a member of a group or organization or had or have an association with a person, group or organization that the minister reasonably suspects of being involved in criminal conduct"

Keenan said the cancellation of outlaw motorcycle club gang members’ visas has had a “significant’’ disruptive effect, from the micro day-to-day operations – including criminal activity – in Australia to the larger scale disruption to the command and control of OMCGs.

“By removing individuals who exude influence within the criminal gang, including some in long-term leadership positions, the Government is destabilizing criminal groups and interrupting their criminal operations,’’ he told the Sunday Mail.

Surprisingly, about 20 per cent of SA’s 206 full-time club members are on the ACIC’s top secret national criminal target list.

Nationally, there are now 4700 patched members and 910 prospects across 38 groups.

The ATO also targeted 370 people as part of the operation, collecting $3 million in cash and launching 12 prosecutions.

Keenan said intelligence provided by the ACIC was “absolutely vital’’ in the success of such operations. “It is intelligence that has helped us stop 10 terror attacks in Australia, it is intelligence that has helped us exclude 116 very serious criminals from Australia through our visa strategy,’’ he said.

“Information is power in these things and that is what the ACIC brings, the intelligence we need.

“We are doing an awful amount of work to keep people safe in what is a difficult environment.

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Tom finally decided to tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend.

One evening, after the honeymoon, he was cleaning one of his hot rods for an upcoming show.

His new wife was standing there at the bench watching him. After a long period of silence she finally speaks-up, "Honey, I've just been thinking… now that we are married maybe it's time you quit spending all your time out here in the garage and you probably should just consider selling all your cars along with your gun collection.”

Tom gets a very concerned look on his face.

She says, "Darling, what's wrong?"

"There for a minute you were starting to sound like my ex-wife," he said, calmly.


Tom smoothly replied, "I wasn't."

--Joe Teresi

One of the Sons was caught on camera at a mall. The new Federal Anti-Gang Task Force closed the mall and pulled the city charter. They have also closed all the streets and highways in and out of the town.

I can’t tell you where it is. They would deport me to Christmas Island in the Pacific.

--Robert J. Page
President / Principal
The Page Group

Some poignant tribal wisdom of the old Lakota Nation, passed on from generation to generation, says that:

"When you discover that you are riding a dead horse,
the best strategy - dismount, as soon as possible."

However, in most government agencies, a plethora of
bogus more advanced strategies are generally employed,
such as:

Buying a stronger whip.

Changing riders.

Appointing a committee to study the horse.

Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures
ride dead horses.

Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

Providing additional funding and/or training to increase
the dead horse's performance.

Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve
the dead horse's performance.

Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

And of course,

Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

If you don't understand this theory, you haven't lived long enough, or you work for the government.

--from Rogue


We have just added 2 new 'larger' body sizes to our swivel bolt snap line! Great for heavy duty items. The 3500 and 3600 are now the two largest bolt snaps we stock. They come in 3 to 4 sizes each, and in the 4 standard finishes.

More body sizes to come for the lever snaps and trigger snaps later this month. Stay tuned!

--The Buckleguy Team

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Great article by Rogue. Nice knowing who is in the photo. Nicely done.

The funnel on the Pan? This guys doctor told him he had to quit drinking...hence the funnel. A little rain must fall.

-- Sam

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New distinctive urban sports features, including an authentic bullet seat and removable ‘café racer’ seat cowl, racing inspired fly screen and bar end mirrors.

Premium finishes, hand applied coach-lining and exciting 2-tone paint schemes.

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Fun, Accessible and Ready to Personalize

Just like the Street Twin the Cup has a low seat height and ‘stand-over’ ergonomics for great rider confidence and control

Built to personalize with over 120 accessories for even more sporty attitude, style and comfort.

Delivering on our ambition to bring riders more choice and build on the Street Twin’s position as the fun and accessible contemporary Bonneville, the new Street Cup joins the Street Twin line up as the contemporary urban sports custom street racer.

Street Racer Style and Attitude

With a name inspired by the club-racing scene, the Street Cup has been designed to deliver all the attitude, personality, presence and style of a contemporary custom cafe racer for today’s riders.

Sharing the same contemporary custom styling principles as the Street Twin, the new Street Cup has the iconic Bonneville silhouette combined with clean lines, minimal bodywork and modern finishes. These include cast wheels, elegant fuel tank with a locking fuel cap, black sculpted engine covers with the Triumph makers mark triangle and Bonneville engine badge, elegant single throttle body with aluminum finisher and distinctive finned head and header clamps.

As you would expect from its name the new Street Cup is also absolutely loaded with distinctive and beautiful urban sports features and details, including:

- Authentic bullet seat with Alcantara effect top panel, beautifully accented with Silver contrast stitching.

- Café racer inspired seat cowl, body color painted with number board graphics. Easily removable to reveal pillion seat area.

- Color matched fly-screen with matching graphic.

- Contemporary bar-end mirrors with forged arms.

- Twin clocks with polished stainless steel bezels, as featured on the Thruxton.

- Thruxton R style foot pegs

- Thruxton forged headlight mounts and painted bowl and bezel

- Sporty fork protectors, replacing the Street Twin’s classic ‘fork gaiters’

- Stylish Black bullet indicators

There is also an incredibly high level of finish across the whole bike with hand-applied coach lining on the tank, pinstriped wheels, Gold colored engine badges and unique decals and Triumph tank badges.

In terms of paint schemes there are two exciting two-tone options to choose from, either Racing Yellow and Silver Ice with Jet Black hand-applied coach lining and Racing Yellow wheel pin striping or Jet Black and Silver Ice with Gold hand-applied coach lining and Gold wheel pin-striping

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Lost a great friend and pal today, Had many great times and rides together. Rest In Peace Hessian “OC” Danny. Great asset to the Chop N Grind Racing team.

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Just a quick note to let you know that Dice Digital 69 is ready to download. Save a couple bucks and support Dice Magazine and Choppertown by becoming a yearly subscriber.

Have a great week! Stay independent.

--Zack and Scott
Dice Digital Issue 69
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TEAM REVIVAL’S The Twist Off--
We are currently offering early tickets to make sure the first year of this event is one hell of a good time and encourage everyone to race . Prices will go up November 1st. Find tickets for Sprinters and Spectators below.

While in the South of France for Wheels and Waves 2015, team Revival experienced something that was inexplicably more enthralling and exciting than many forms of motorcycle racing we have ever done....

Sprint Racing. This wasn't your typical drag race at a big concrete-covered modern professional track because it was up a mountain on a section of twisty road in Spain. Inspired by that thrilling blast up the mountain, we've decided to try our best to recreate the fun and cheap thrill TEXAS-STYLE. We're coining this weekend of frolicking and wheelie-laden sprints, The Twist Off.

Some might wonder "Why sprint races?" Well fellow Motonerds, sprint races are magical because of their informality, quick assembly and total inclusiveness. Much like our Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, we want to include EVERYONE.

Sprint racing allows anyone who rides a motorcycle, vintage-bike, dirt-bike, scooter, cruiser, cafe bike or really ANYTHING to compete at their own pace! This is to encourage you and your loud mouth friend to line up what you've got and twist open to full throttle or whatever you can handle.

We're encouraging everyone out on our straight dirt track or asphalt drag we're setting up at Little River Dragway to experience something new or re-settle old scores.

We'll have overnight camping, bands, drinks, food and a bunch of good old fashioned grudge racing!

More information to come soon, but for now clear your November 19th weekend because everyone's doing THE TWIST! so....BRING IT!

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At The Villages in Florida last week, there was a bumper sticker on a parked car that read: "I miss Chicago." Someone broke the window, stole the radio, shot out all four of the tires, added an Obama bumper sticker and left a note that read: "Hope this helps”

--from Rogue and Jerry

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