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Spam sucks, and not the canned meat kinda spam, I love that…  I’m talking about the unwanted emails that clutter up our inboxes. 

Bandit is in North Carolina attending the Smoke Out so I’m bringing you the news.  In order to fish out a dozen or more news items, I had to sift through 1500 emails from his inbox… no shit.  What a waste of precious time.

So, this will not be your average news filled with Bandit’s comments and opinions; it’s my cut and dry, copy and paste, no flavor kinda news.  It’s got some good items in it so stick with it and Bandit will be back early Sunday morning in time to bring you the Sunday Post.

As usual when the guys leave town, I have a girl’s only party planned for tomorrow night.  I hope I make it to work at the Chowder Barge on Saturday afternoon.  Gonna be rockin’ with the Freightshakers, so if you live anywhere this fine ghetto of ours, come enjoy the Chowder, Fish & Chips, cold beer and say hello!




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About Your Collar - A Bikernet Bad Joke--  A little boy got on the bus, sat next to a man reading a book, and noticed he had his collar on backwards.

The little boy asked why he wore his collar backwards.

The man, who was a priest, said, 'I am a Father.'

The little boy replied, 'My Daddy doesn't wear his collar like that.'

The priest looked up from his book and answered, ''I am the Father of many.'

The boy said, ''My Dad has 4 boys, 4 girls and two grandchildren and he doesn't wear his collar that way!'

The priest, getting impatient, said. 'I am the Father of hundreds', and went back to reading his book.

The little boy sat quietly thinking for a while, then leaned over and said, "Maybe you should wear a condom, and put your pants on backwards instead of your collar."



Grove’s Winchester Harley-Davidson and Valley Cycle Center to host First Annual Honor Ride and Weekend of Remembrance-- Grove’s Winchester Harley-Davidson and Valley Cycle Center will be the host location for the First Annual Honor Ride and Weekend of Remembrance, August 10th – 13th, 2012. The weekend event benefits the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (“NLEOMF”) and upcoming Law Enforcement Museum.

Founded in 1984, the NLEOMF is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and recently launched a campaign to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, adjacent to the Memorial in Washington, DC. Scheduled to open in 2013, the Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education.

The Honor Ride fundraising and awareness event will feature all makes of motorcycles and motorcycle-related products and services. Entertainment will include local bands, law enforcement field demonstrations and exhibits, motorcycle drill team demonstrations, contests, games, 50/50, food, children’s play area and more. The event will conclude on Sunday, August 12th, after a police-escorted ride to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC for a brief ceremony with guest speakers and sponsor check presentations. “This is an event created for the law enforcement community, their families, friends and all citizens, motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists, to show support for those who support us 24/7 in our nation, state, city, community and back yard,” said Honor Ride Co-chair, Caroline Fellman. “Statistics over the past 10 years show that, on average, one law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty every 53 hours or 164 per year. There were 163 law enforcement officers killed in 2011. That’s a lot of motivation to show your support.”

Attendance for the first-year event is predicted to exceed 5,000. In addition to funding a great cause, the event will benefit the local business community.

Interested Vendors, Sponsors, Volunteers and Entertainers Please Contact

For updated information and schedules, visit

We are also looking for donated Items for our Silent Auction we are holding during the Event.

For more information, contact Caroline Fellman at (215) 605-5850 or via email at

or Walt Kuch at 610-517-8808 or via e-mail at

The Honor Ride Committee is led by Co-chairs, Caroline Fellman (Publisher, Fast Lane Biker® Magazine Delmarva), Walt Kuch (Marketing and Sales Director, Fast Lane Biker® Magazine Delmarva) and Shaun May (Public Relations Specialist, IGP Sports & Entertainment, Washington, DC).


Three guys are sitting around talking about what they bought their lovely brides for Mothers Day-- The first man says.."I bought my wife a Kaiser, to surprise her."

The second man says..."I bought my wife a Frazer, to amaze her."

After a few moments they look over at the third man and ask..."What about you?!"

He calming looks back and says..."I bought my wife a Tucker!"

~See Ya


More NHTSA money being spent-- That means They have to much. Cut their budget and at the same time lower the National Debt.


Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Member 2005


Novato police to conduct motorcycle safety enforcement-- The Novato Police Department will conduct specialized motorcycle safety enforcement Saturday in an effort to target dangerous riders and careless drivers.

Officers will patrol areas popular with motorcyclists and will look for motorcyclists under the influence of drugs or alcohol and any traffic violations that could lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and fatalities.

Do any of you have need for a smaller trailer?  The AMC Merchant Trailer and the high end AMC Traveler Trailers are for sale-- Tom Reynolds has the Merchant Trailer for sale and huge discount pricing….still in exceptionally good shape.   Full Commercial grade Awnings front and side, ladder to roof, sign on roof, shore power, flooring and outside mat, rear door,   Tom wants offers…   He has invested almost $15-20,000 into the trailer and would probably consider anything over $5000

He also has the AMC Traveler for sale.  Retailed at over $25,000  and he is considering an offer above  $5000.   This has awnings, high end 300 watt stereo, aluminum cabinets, electric ramp, lighting, shore power, wired for air and heat unit to be added, led lighting, hydraulic leveling, tied downs, low bike height ramp, and outfitted to the max.   If you know anyone who has interest make an offer to tom reynolds…he really wants to move these and get his money out of them.   Any help appreciated.
Thomas Reynolds

UPDATE - Triton & Cafe Racer Day - Sunday24th June--   Triton & Cafe Racer Day at the cafe held on Sunday 24th June includes "Best Bikes" winning prizes, amongst which are spectator tickets to attend the VMCC's prestigious annual Festival of a Thousand Bikes event at Mallory Park and tickets to "Bikefest" to be held at North Weald, London's dragstrip!  
Together with the Busy Bee Club, the 59 Club, celebrating the 50th anniversary of their becoming a motorcycle club in 1962, will be joined by the AJS & Matchless Owners Club which, this year, celebrates the 60th anniversary of their being founded at the Ace in 1952!  
Also being celebrated this year is the 75th anniversary of BSA's winning of a Gold Star at Brooklands in 1937 and the founding of Triumph in 1902, a 110 years ago and still going strong and with a pair of tickets to be won by "Best Triumph Cafe Racer" to attend the celebratory Triumph Live event at Mallory Park!  
Author Mick Duckworth will be on hand signing copies of his definitive hardbound book "Ace Times - Speed thrills and tea spills, a cafe and a culture", along with Rachael Clegg signing copies of her unique Isle of Man 2013 "Milestones" calendar. Copies of the DVD "Cafe Racer - The Complete First Series", together with merchandise items supplied by Lewis Leathers and, from Vee-Tone Records, copies of the recently launched CD compiled by Mark Lamarr "Wild Streak" Volume One will be up for grabs as raffle prizes along with various other goodies.  
Plus, spend £5 or more over the counter and receive a raffle ticket. Raffle draw and Award prizes will take place at 3pm. Prizes For: Best Triton Best Classic Cafe Racer Best Modern Cafe Racer Best Triumph Cafe Racer Best BSA Cafe Racer Clip-ons and rear-sets, England Expects!  



Ride in Peace: Florida Harley dealer Bob Fletcher—  The dealership network lost a veteran this past week when longtime Harley-Davidson dealership owner Bob Fletcher died June 9. He was 90.  A memorial ride will start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Fletcher's Harley-Davidson, 16485 U.S. 19 N. in Clearwater, Fla. The ride starts at noon from Fletcher's and ends at Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, for a 1 service and 2 p.m. celebration of life.

Fletcher founded his namesake Harley-Davidson dealership in 1964 in Clearwater, Fla. But his love affair with motorcycles started when he was a teenager in Harvard, Ill. At 19 he bought a 1929 Harley JD for $50. In the army, he trained other servicemen to ride. Soon after coming home from the service, Fletcher and a partner opened Bob's Harley-Davidson in Illinois.

Fletcher retired in 1986 and turned the dealership over to his daughters, Laura Fletcher-Taylor, Peggy McFarland and Sherry Conder, who redecorated the store to make it friendlier than Harley’s then-rebellious image. The store eventually grew to 30,000 square feet and became a multi-winning Dealernews Top 100 dealership.

"It used to be, when people would say 'Harley-Davidson' they would think of biker gangs and the rough and tough," Fletcher-Taylor, who is now general manager, told the newspaper. "Now it's more of a privilege to own a Harley-Davidson because you own a piece of American history."

Posted by Holly Wagner

Published courtesy of Dealernews: Announces the Legendary Bike Giveaway Sweepstakes - With More Than $27,000 in Prizes-- TUALATIN, Ore., June 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- offers their customers access to more than just motorcycle riding apparel, parts and accessories, they also provide excitement -- announcing the Legendary Bike Giveaway Sweepstakes. places intense focus on being the go-to source for sportbike enthusiasts regardless of whatever two-wheeled endeavors lie ahead. At their core, the riders and sportbike lovers working at are always looking for ways to add to the fun and excitement which riding motorcycles brings to our collective world. It is from this core way of thinking that created the Legendary Bike Giveaway Sweepstakes.

Starting June 18, 2012 and running through September 30, 2012, the Legendary Bike Giveaway Sweepstakes will not only present a one-of-a-kind Grand Prize valued at more than $20,000, it will also grant 15 lucky weekly winners a $500 gift certificate, for over $27,000 in prizes!

The Grand Prize of the Legendary Bike Giveaway Sweepstakes has been splashed on magazine covers, website headlines and blog posts worldwide since it was first leaked to the riding public, and the moto-media's attention is squarely focused on what many argue is the most advanced motorcycle on the road today. It has no frame to speak of, burns fuel in the most powerful V-twin engine ever put in a production motorcycle, utilizes more computing power than the Space Shuttle, and has the svelte, vigorous and shapely look of an Italian supermodel. It is the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale, and is going to land one in the lucky Grand Prize Winner's garage this September!

In order to complete the necessary look for riding the Ducati 1199 Panigale, the Grand Prize also includes a specialized selection of riding gear from, AGV and Dainese. The entire Grand Prize picture looks like this: Legendary Bike Giveaway Grand Prize (a $20,500 value):

 --  2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale

 --  AGV Grid Helmet -- Valentino Rossi Sun & Moon

 --  Dainese TRQ Race Boots

 --  Dainese Laguna Seca Race Suit

 --  Dainese Wave Air Back Protector

 --  Dainese Pro Carbon Gloves

 Entering the Legendary Bike Giveaway Sweepstakes is easy; visit  Facebook page ( and enter again.

Two entries are permitted each week, every entry is included in the weekly drawing for the $500 gift certificate, and all submissions are eligible for the Grand Prize. 

The Legendary Bike Giveaway Sweepstakes may be the most exciting contest of 2012, enter it now and take a chance at winning the hottest motorcycle of 2012 - the Ducati 1199 Panigale!


BOOK REVIEW: The Adventurous Motorcyclist's Guide to Alaska-- This book is by no means a travelogue.  You can get your pithy pictorials and glossy coffee table books elsewhere. It's 224 pages of undiluted, 100-octane information regarding everything a rider really needs to know about motorcycling Alaska. The Adventurous Motorcyclist's Guide to Alaska puts 20 years of road knowledge together in a well organized, information-rich travel guide designed for adventure motorcyclists and sure to please anyone who appreciates visiting the authentic portions of Alaska.

Read the full story here on Bikernet Trikes


5-Ball Racing Wheeler Report - THE ADRENALINE  CLOCK IS TICKING--

Speed Week   Bonneville, 50 days

BUB Speed Trials Bonneville, 64 days

Another huge week just blew by with major progress and good news galore.

First day of summer just blew by us like we're standin still, with August looming just around the corner. The Bikernet area weather forecast, hot, muggy, dark, followed by periods of sunlight during the day providing the clouds don't roll in. On with the news.

97 inch Twin Cam

The call to Daytona Twin Tech early Monday revealed a mysteriously faulty unit, NO Sweat, said the lead Tech and road tester, a new unit is on the way let us know the results. My Dyna has ran a Twin tech for over 100,000 trouble free, never-missed-a-beat or hiccuped along the way, rain, sleet, snow, damned hot and damned cold, drag strips, Bonneville, salty and grimy.  The new unit shipped to San Jose for installation and a few happy highway miles. Plans are to end up in San Jose around the 28th, pick up my hot rod and hit the Corbin event on the 30th.

124 inch 5-Ball Raycer


Rick Tedder, master fabricator, welder, machinist, racer, etc. is knockin our 5-Ball Racing Team project out of the park. The seat/tail section is moving along nearing final fit, sub frame, then we deliver the seat pan to Saddleman for a long distance seat. Our number one priority is safety, then proven function.

Guy Caputo from Tiger Racing shipped a front fender reputed and backed up with time slips, somewhere, to have a 3 to 5 mph advantage over the stock Busa offering. Thanks Guy we'll do our best to put it to the ultimate test, the big white dyno. Looks damned fast to the motley crew of hooligans involved in this insane project? Insane? No Way......That would be crazy.

Turbo Doc in Ogden, UT received and rebuild the Series 66 Aerocharger the same day, this week.

The first time we fired the Dyno with the Turbo, many moons past, a dingle-berry or a piece of slag must have passed through the turbine damaging the blades from day one. With damaged blades the bike still performed like a rocket. This afternoon a complete re-blade, unit re-clocked and inspected, then hit the UPS truck headed for the workshop in Salem. The air plenum is nearing the hit list, with the exhaust manifold nearly ready for a thorough cleaning, then Ceramic coating inside and out. No more loose pieces rattling through the turbine.

Shipped my Vanson leathers to the factory for a tune up. Still fit like a glove but will need new snaps (totally rusted), sponsor patches, etc. 

Goal is to tag and title the Raycer the first week of July, just enough time to ride, tune, ride, tune, tear down and detail, reassemble and prepare for the Salt, August 25-30. Hang on!

Haul Ass!

Ride for your Life!

Ray c wheeler

Performance Editor

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We have a great selection of Victory motorcycles in stock. View our inventory online.

Please call us at (214)357-0707 to schedule a demo ride

BAD UNCLE MONKEY REPORTS IN-- Snow White fired to life effortlessly and I eased her out onto the street for her first run. I'd like to say that I screamed down the street like a banshee but it was a slow, deliberate ride erroring on caution rather then reckless abandonment. The first ride on a custom build motorcycle is not like throwing your leg over a new bike from the factory. While I've ridden many new bikes in my day it occurs to me that not only have I've never owned a brand new bike, I've never owned a bike that I didn't build from the frame up or was completely strip down to a bare frame and rebuild it before I rode it even five feet. 

Factory bikes are built on assembly lines after millions of dollars of research and development. Building processes have been tested, clearances double and triple checked. The worker on the assembly line is only responsible for their few parts that are installed at their station. The guy who installs a swingarm is all he does day in and day out. He has jigs to line everything up, automatic torqueing impacts, bolts are pre-loc-tited. Four or five easy steps that are repeated bike after bike. He doesn't have to worry if the spokes are tightened properly or that the front forks have proper swing. He is only concerned with the swingarm. It is a process refined to ensure each and every bike is consistently the same.

A custom bike has no blueprint, no plan. It is a collection of parts that have come together, some times through modification to create a new bike. I'm confident in my ability. I have to be or I wouldn't have started building and modifying bikes to begin with. But I am human. Snow White's first trip is for gas and down to my work to cut down the licence plate on the shear so it will fit in the bracket. Those first few blocks are taxing. Is the bike tracking true, is there bearing bind, did I forget any bolts. As my left leg is jerked forward and up when I pull away from the first traffic light my shredded pant leg is a quick reminder that this bike has an open primary. I stop at the gas station a few blocks from my house and top up the gas tanks and give the bike a quick look over.   The 120 hp engine runs smooth and the six speed, other then an elusive neutral, shifts properly. Back home I reluctantly push her back into the garage. The only causality is the licence plate bracket bolts have vibrated loose – I shouldn't have assumed the manufacture used loc-tite on the pre-assembled part. That's it. Her first dance. She will get a check over and maybe a wash before her first twelve mile run on the highway. While a part of me envies the guy who can throw his leg over his new '12 ElectraGlide and ride he will never understand the rush of excitement I get knowing that this, this machine that was only once a collection of random parts, this machine I trust to not self destruct and take me with it, was built by me, and me alone. I take my own life and put it into Snow White's hands and hope she doesn't break my heart.

-bad Uncle Monkey

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2002 Harley Davidson Sportster XL883C



Looking for a clean Sportster? Look no further! It's got 21" spoke front wheel, HD rubber grips, forward controls, high-flow air cleaner, velocity cover, LED turn signals, and more. Like all of LifeStyle Cycles pre-owned Harleys, this bike has been thoroughly tested and inspected by a LifeStyle Cycles technician after undergoing a rigorous 38-point motorcycle inspection. 


1999 Harley Davidson Fat Boy



This is a super clean Fat Boy! It's got a chrome front end, chrome wheels, floorboards, shifter, nostalgia grips, "live to ride" gas cap, chrome lower dash inserts, Vance & Hines short shot exhaust, tons of chrome, and much, much more. Like all of LifeStyle Cycles pre-owned Harleys, this bike has been thoroughly tested and inspected by a LifeStyle Cycles technician after undergoing a rigorous 38-point motorcycle inspection. 

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Sailor Jerry Announces Hammarhead Solo-X Bike Competition-- Iconic Spiced Rum Offers Fans a Chance to Win a Custom Sailor Jerry Hammarhead Motorcycle

NEW YORK, NY (May 23, 2012) – Sailor Jerry, the iconic spiced rum, announces the launch of their Hammarhead Solo-X bike competition, giving fans a chance to win a custom motorcycle designed by industry innovator James Hammarhead. The bike will be customized with Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins’ Eagle Flash on the gas tank, along with the Sailor Jerry signature logo. The competition will run until July 15, 2012 and contestants, who must be 21 or over, can enter to win by becoming a fan of the Sailor Jerry Facebook page at

Thanks to his undeniable skill and steadfast determination to allow his work to speak for itself, Norman Collins became recognized as the father of classic old school American tattooing. His pioneering advances in needle formations and color pigments helped to further solidify his place in tattoo history. Today, that same unwavering commitment is embodied in the work of James Hammarhead. After a notable career in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, Hammarhead turned to his other passion, creating vintage-inspired, made-to-order motorcycles. To each bike Hammarhead adds technological improvements in performance and longevity, putting his own stamp on the ride experience that combines brilliant engineering with classic design. In the same vein as Norman Collins’ contributions to tattooing, James Hammarhead continues to influence the innovation of motorcycle manufacturing.

“We are thrilled to work with James Hammarhead, a true individual and innovator, on the first of a series of lifestyle collaborations,” said Ken Reilly, Category Marketing Director for William Grant & Sons, Ltd. “Sailor Jerry is proud to provide this unique opportunity to our fans, who continue to embody the independent spirit of Norman Collins each and every day.”

Since he shares Norman Collins’ unflinching sense of purpose, Sailor Jerry featured Hammarhead as part of their Hold Fast series, a group of digital video shorts that profile craftsmen of different stripes, celebrating the spirit of authenticity and devotion to craft that Norman Collins made famous with his pioneering tattoo work.  “The challenge is to follow your instincts and to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented,” said Hammarhead, discussing his work with motorcycles in his Hold Fast video.  “There’s a beauty in that, and I appreciate that.”

Hammarhead’s Hold Fast video can be found at


EASYRIDERS CAFÉ AND SALOON HAS A NEW NAME-- According to Rick Krone, partner slash owner of the Easyriders Saloon and café located in Sturgis, South, the successful restaurant now has a new name. It is now the “Sturgis Saloon Company” and the grill is now the “888 Grill. The name change came about after a licensing dispute and court action between Easyriders, and the current owners, the terms of which were not disclosed. The three level Saloon and Café has enjoyed great success in the Sturgis area to date. It is arguably the best restaurant in the Sturgis city limits. This writer has enjoyed the food and fun at this location on many occasions. The café and lower lever bar have proven to very popular with locals. The bar area sports a large dance floor and a stage to host the various bands and other entertainment scheduled in the near future.

Join the Sturgis Saloon Co for the biggest block-party in the West! The excitement will continue to grow as  this year's motorcycle rally approaches, and with that, a new name is ushered.  The Sturgis Saloon Company continues to boast over 25,000 square feet of raucous entertainment space, three floors including a VIP room, hard core drinks, kick ass sounds, the hottest free concerts during the 2012 Sturgis motorcycle rally, and of course - beautiful South Dakota women. Also new this year, Sturgis Saloon Co re-branded our restaurant as the Triple 8 Grille to grow our menu in delicious new, family-friendlier, directions.

Visit for the complete entertainment schedule.


2012 CANNONBALL RUN II ANNOUNCED-- Sturgis, South Dakota, June 19, 2012 – Lonnie Isam, Jr., owner of Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, South Dakota, and promoter of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run II announced today that the historic transcontinental event scheduled for 17 days in September has its roster full and the route is set. Though held on U.S soil, the 2012 iteration is for all intents and purposes, a worldwide event.

According to Isam, the endurance ride for pre-1930 antique motorcycles will get underway in Newburgh, NY on Friday, September 7 and will include riders from across the globe. With 77 entries from 24 states, 11 countries and 4 continents, this historic run will indeed be watched by the world as motorcycles of all marquis tackle an arduous route across America.  A week into travel, riders will have a day of rest, repairs, and some festivities in the well-known town of Sturgis, SD on September 14. After a total of some 4,000 miles, the ride is slated to conclude on Sunday, September 23 in San Francisco, CA.

During the MCR event, participants will ride vintage pre-1930 motorcycles such, Henderson, Indian, Triumph, Harley-Davidson, Rudge, JAP, Excelsior, BSA, Sunbeam and others. According to Isam, the event is not a race but will be a timed test of both the riders’ endurance and the roadworthiness of their respective machines as they navigate non-Interstate roads across the United States.

“This route is going to be a challenge, and the bikes from the 1920s really don’t get ridden that much so there will still be some rebuilding going on along the run,” Isam said. We’ll cover some of the best riding areas in the country. We really couldn’t have done this route with the older bikes, but it is still going to be a difficult trip. We’ll have long days and tough terrain, I suspect that even the most seasoned rider will find this run challenging.”


Isam said that, while organizers and MCR Course Master John Classen are still working out the final details of some of the stops, it’s clear that the first week of the event will be grueling as riders make their way along the initial miles from New York to Sturgis. Throughout the run, according to Classen, the spectacular scenery will awe participants as they pilot their ancient machines along several picturesque national parks, monuments, memorials and forests.

Four museums are on the route and will be visited as well. The Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, New York, the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, and the Pioneer Auto Show in Murdo, South Dakota will all play host to the riders as they wind their way towards the Golden State.

The 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Run’s roster includes several notable faces such as artist Scott Jacobs, writer Paul d’Orleans and world traveling rider personality Doug Wothke. The field will also include 16 past participants. Famous bronze sculptor Jeff Decker, builder Shinya Kimura, and AMCA’s Matt Olsen are among the colorful returning riders as well as Mike Vils, Steve Barber and several others. Each has their own amazing story to tell and is anxious to tackle this year’s route through 11 states to finish by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Join us as we set out with a cry of “California or Bust!”

Complete information about the Motorcycle Cannonball Run, including route details and some rider profiles, is available at

Police union warns of lack of bikie laws-- OUTLAW motorcycle gangs are ''making a mockery'' of the legal system because of the federal government's failure to introduce national anti-bikie laws, says the union representing federal police.
The Australian Federal Police Association says bikies are attaining ''folk hero status'' while state governments struggle to introduce laws to crack down on the increasingly high-profile gangs.

In a letter to union members, the national president, Jon Hunt-Sharman, said the federal government had failed to act on a promise to introduce national legislation that would criminalise outlaw motorcycle gangs, allow authorities to seize bikies' assets, and provide for intelligence to be shared by states.

The gangs, ''utilising their vast and suspicious 'unexplained wealth', have been able to successfully challenge various state laws in the High Court and thereby make a mockery of our legal system'', Mr Hunt-Sharman writes.

''Whilst [they] get folk hero status (at least in their own minds), police are demoralised, having to use antiquated legislation to combat these criminals, with the criminals getting away with murder.

''[The gangs] operate without regard to state or national borders. We need to ensure that there are nationally consistent laws, and this can only occur through leadership from the Gillard Federal government.''

A spokeswoman for the Home Affairs Minister, Jason Clare, said the government had tried to gain agreement for national legislation, but had been stymied by the states. ''We have asked the states to refer the power to us to introduce national anti-gang laws and give outlaw motorcycle gangs nowhere to hide,'' she said. ''Unfortunately the states rejected our offer in April - but it still stands.''

However, a spokesman for Victorian Attorney-General, Robert Clark, disputed this, claiming that the federal Attorney-General had raised no objections to plans by some states to enact uniform state-based laws, rather than federal legislation.

The threat posed by bikies has been thrown into sharp relief by recent public explosions of violence in a number of states.

In 2009, a Hells Angel associate was beaten to death at Sydney Airport in front of onlookers during a vicious brawl between Hells Angels and Comancheros.

Sydney has been rocked by a spate of drive-by shootings, allegedly triggered by a feud between the Hells Angels and the Nomads, while late last year in Melbourne, Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell was shot five times in a busy Brunswick street at 4.30pm.

The South Australian and NSW governments have already had anti-bikie laws struck down by the High Court on the grounds that they are unconstitutional. Queensland police have used new laws to apply to have the Finks declared a criminal organization.\

LARGEST POLICE BUST IN WILMINGTON, CA-- Actually I don't know where she's from but they are pretty large...
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Great job Nyla! Enjoy the party!!

Doc Robinson
Somerton Park, South Australia, Australia
Saturday, June 23, 2012
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Thanks Nyla,

Have fun tonight.

Sam Burns
San Marcos, TX
Friday, June 22, 2012

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