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Sturgis Starts Tomorrow and Speed Week is Coming

By Bandit, Rogue, Barry Green, El Waggs, Michael Lichter, Bob T., Gearhead, Laura, the Redhead and many more

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This is one of those mornings.
I’m not sure which way to turn. It doesn’t really matter, any direction I go is damn exciting.

I’m in the process of wiring the Salt Torpedo. I need to add three Daca vents to the liner, but the body is almost done for now. I will also need to drill safety wiring holes, mount the new tach, you name it. We are very close and very close to not making it to Bonneville this year.

Sturgis is starting tomorrow and news is coming in from the road out. The cute little Easyriders French editor is coming to see me next week. Frankie went to MetalSport about his FXR front wheel yesterday and is coming to see me around his Dyna front wheel today.

You’ll read some important Climate Depot reports in the news and on Bikernet. The whole manmade Climate Change argument is falling apart, like every other historic doomsday scenario.
See, I told you shit was happening fast.

Hell, James and Jeremiah rolled James’ Dyna in the shop yesterday while George “The Wild Brush and I worked on the canopy latch. They replaced his stock clutch with an extra plate Barnett clutch. We will bring you a report next week. Works like a champ, if you have upgraded your performance package.

I’m also working on three bike features for Bikernet Readers. Let’s hit the news:

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 the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently the Smoke Out and Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

Click for all the info...
Click for all the info...

Congratulations to all of the new Trailblazers honorees who will be honored at the 76th annual banquet in April 4, 2020.

The Board of Directors has approved the final list of motorcycling luminaries to be honored as part of the Class of 2020.

Dealernews’ own Advocacy+ columnist Scot Harden was joined by Baja legend Johnny Campbell, Kawasaki tuner of champions Steve Johnson, Speedway champ Bruce Penhall, America’s first MXGP champ Brad Lackey and flat track favorite Bubba Shobert. The Dick Hammer Award, Trailblazers highest honor goes to Eddie Mulder and in the category of "Unsung Heroes" our pal Larry Langley will receive the Earl & Lucile Flanders Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event is always a sell-out, so start watching for details at:

AUSTRALIAN CLUB NEWS--Well know Brisbane tattoo shop to close after firebombing.

A well-known and long standing Brisbane tattoo parlor that was firebombed earlier this year — sparking fears in the local media of an all-out biker war — has announced it will not reopen.

Koolsville Studios at Brendale, owned by high profile senior Rebels motorcycle club member ‘Little Mick’ Kosenko was smashed and set ablaze in early March amid (according to media) rising tensions between the Rebels and the Bandidos motorcycle club.

The firebombing followed the shooting and assault of Rebels member and former MMA fighter Gokhan ‘Pitbull’ Turkyilmaz at his Upper Coomera home.

That incident was seen by media as a revenge attack for the assault and shooting of a Bandidos associate at the Logan Hyperdome in February, allegedly at the hands of Rebels members, eight of whom were later arrested.

The tattoo studio was badly damaged in the firebombing. A fundraiser concert that was to be held in April was eventually vetoed by police.

Now, the studio has announced it will be closing permanently.

“It is with broken hearts that we write this post today,” Mr Kosenko’s partner Tracey posted last week on Facebook.

“After every possible attempt to save Koolsville Studios we have exhausted all options and today we have been forced to make the decision to close down. We have been given the timelines now and it is just unrealistic to try to rebuild.

“We are currently discussing our future options of opening a new store etc. Mick wants to continue tattooing, we just have to work on the how.”

Mr Kosenko, who had been continuing to tattoo beneath the damaged studio, will do his last ink work at the site on August 10.

The Kosenkos have also announced a fire sale of the entire contents of the studio and shop, including antique cash registers and even the stairs.

“It could be quite a few months before we know what the future holds,” Mrs Kosenko posted.

“Once again, we would like to thank all our dear friends that we have made over the years and thank you for the incredible ongoing support over the last few trying years.”

Rockford Fosgate Announces Partnership with Polaris-- to Deliver Factory Installed Audio in 2020 Polaris General 1000 Deluxe

First factory-integrated premium sound system offered in the side-by-side (SxS) industry

Side-by-side (SxS) enthusiasts can now drive their new Polaris General off the show room floor while jamming to their favorite soundtrack playing through the Rockford Fosgate audio system purpose built for the off road.

Rockford Fosgate (, the industry leader in high-performance audio systems, is proud to announce that it has partnered with Polaris to deliver the first factory installed sound system specifically designed and tuned for off-road performance. It is the first of its kind offered by any manufacturer in the industry.

The Rockford Fosgate equipped 2020 General Deluxe models were unveiled to Polaris Dealers at their event on July 28th and will begin shipping to dealerships this August.

"Our team of designers here at Rockford are proud to be leading the way for the next generation of audio in off-road vehicles," explained Jake Braaten, Rockford Vice President of New Product Development and Engineering. "It was a challenge to figure out the best solution to integrate premium sound into these models, but after optimizing the speakers and their locations, we knew that we could deliver an amazing sound experience in the General."

The 2020 General will feature high efficiency Rockford Fosgate speakers designed for volume and clarity in the open-air environment. With Bluetooth streaming, Pandora control, and AM/FM, capabilities, drivers may choose any soundtrack for their adventure.

Additionally, Element Ready™ speakers housed in rugged, yet lightweight, enclosures acoustically enhance the passengers listening experience regardless of their seating position.

"In working with the team at Polaris we see that they are as passionate about off-road as we are about our music," said Bill Jackson, Rockford CEO and President. "We both strive to deliver class leading products to enthusiasts of our brands, and I believe that the fact that Polaris recognized this opportunity to give their owners features they demand in vehicles fully equipped from the factory reinforces their position as a market leader."

For more information, please visit

If I wasn’t such a perfectionist, I could get things done a lot sooner.

I mailed you a USB with 2 formats not knowing which one will keep the pictures a their best, one in a word program and the other in a PDF.

You said it didn't matter how long or how many pictures. So, I did the creation of the bike from ground up.

I explained the themed bike & game “Dead Mobsters From The Fifties.”

Then I did an interview as if a third person was telling my story.

From the first Harley at 16 in 1968 and 16 bikes later the Consigliere.

I found pictures of 13 of those bikes I owned and tore apart and created something personal. I talked about hitting the streets at 15 after my single Mother died.

I talk about Biker Squad, “Bikers For Motion Pictures.” I talked about the three loves I have:
Martial Arts
Working Out

And of course I talk about coming to L.A. and getting to spend time with you and Dave Mann.

There is a lot there. It really goes with the Gravestone Picture you published.
That was cool.

Well, you will get it in the next few days and you could do what you want it, run it chop it or just read it.

whatever you do, I thank you very much, you have always been good to me.

I don’t think I am the only person you treat this good, I think you treat everybody like this. You are just a Class Act and you made Easyriders what it was because of who you are.

--Terry Lovering
Thanks Terry. It's too bad about the direction and the stumbles with the Easyriders brand. Let's see what happens next.--Bandit 

Nordschleife barbecue seasoning--Even more zest at the world’s most demanding racetrack

What is an indispensable part of a day spent racing on the world’s most demanding racetrack? A tasty barbecue on the charcoal grill with a “racing sausage” and a nice piece of meat!
 The proper zest is added not only by the action on the track, but by the delicious Nordschleife barbecue seasoning, which goes well with all types of meat and is available exclusively online at

The Nordschleife barbecue seasoning comes in a resealable airtight bag. It holds 300 grams of seasoning to ensure that an exciting day at the track can be garnished with many yummy pieces of meat.

One pack of Nordschleife barbecue seasoning costs just 14.90 euros. The seasoning can be ordered from the Nordschleife online shop at, where you’ll also find the perfect apparel for the excursion to the Eifel Mountains.

MAVARTS NEWSLETTER--Well the 50th Anniversary of the San Diego Comic-Con has passed and this was my 27th appearance!

It was wonderful to, once again, exhibit my art alongside so many other innovative creatives in the industry where I have worked most of my career.

I’ve seen many changes in the last few decades and Comic-Con has gone from a ’nerds only’ event that was almost exclusively for the comic book collector to the largest pop-culture event in the U.S., made even more mainstream by Hollywood's influence.

Superheroes, cosplay (dressing as your favorite character), blockbuster movies and all the products that go with it are now in every major store and cinema in the world and I for one am happy about it!

I grew up a ’Star Wars’ kid and I played Dungeons and Dragons (which made me a nerd) but now it is no longer Nerd Culture…it’s kind of what the Cool Kids are into... which is pretty awesome!

Of course the convention scene is now bustling with shows and filled with commercialism and lots of vendors just trying to get a piece of the pie for themselves, which I’m not so keen on, but that is just part of the world we live in and that makes for lots of well attended shows where I get the opportunity to show my art.

The level of art being created is high and the amount of fans coming to shows is even higher, so I guess I’ll keep doing my thing and head off to Gen Con this week which is America’s largest tabletop gaming show and hopefully meet more great fans and make Moore great memories! BAM!

PS - Thank you to all the new recipients of the newsletter many of which are friends, fans, fellow artists, publishers, industry shot callers and those that help freelancers like myself keep on keeping on!

-- Monte - #ExpectMoore

A psychiatrist was conducting a group therapy session with four young Mothers and their small children.

"You all have obsessions," he observed.

To the first mother, Mary, he said, "You are obsessed with eating.
You've even named your daughter Candy."

He turned to the second Mom, Ann: "Your obsession is with money.
Again, it manifests itself in your child's name, Penny."

He turned to the third Mom, Joyce: "Your obsession is alcohol. This too shows itself in your child's name, Brandy."

At this point, the fourth mother, Kathy, quietly got up, took her little boy by the hand and whispered, "Come on, Dick, this guy has no idea what he's talking about. Let's go pick up Peter and Willy from school and go get dinner."



Just a thought regarding high visibility clothing. I drove 18-wheelers for many years. I was rear ended twice by women who did not see my trailer with 6 taillights and 12 marker lights and the turn signals blinking. I am pretty sure they would not see a motorcycle.

--Alex Jemery
Deland, FL

Here's John's large photo book for sale in the 5-Ball Racing Garage. Click if you're interested.
Here's John's large photo book for sale in the 5-Ball Racing Garage. Click if you're interested.

DRAG RACING HISTORY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS—This is John Stein’s too cool photo-history book of motorcycle drag racing.

We have a few copies in the 5-Ball Garage.

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Fuel Cleveland a good time. Lot of choppers & old bikes. Many folks rode their pans, knuckles, & flatheads. Couldn't decide whether to ride my '51 FL or my sportster chopper. Opted for the FL. Can't go wrong with a Panhead. Anyhow, keep letting us know what's going on. Your work is appreciated.



35th Annual Meeting of the Minds, Crowne Plaza Aire Hotel, Bloomington, Minn. (Minneapolis/St. Paul). We would like to create and industry panel discussion. If you would like to step up and discuss industry concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. It’s in September.

Director, Purchasing & Facilities
2260 South Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146
PHONE: 702-876-2884 X2149


TATTOO OF THE WEEK FROM THE BALL DYNASTY—Frankie is due to roll over here to the vast Bikernet Headquarters to monkey with his 2005 Dyna front wheel. He experienced a flat recently and was saved by Fix-A-Flat.

Immediately, he was concerned and couldn’t give it up. The tire is still leaking slightly, so he will come over, jack up the bike and remove the front wheel, so it can be torn down and inspected.


LIFESTYLE DEAL OF THE WEEK-- 2010 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Softail Deluxe

The Softail Deluxe combines nostalgic styling cues like a tombstone tail light, deep-skirted seat and wide white wall tires, with ergonomics that make this an old-school cruiser that’s easy to handle. The Softail rear suspension mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame but offers the comfort of a modern suspension that is hidden under the chassis. The rigid powertrain allows tight packaging of the engine and frame and creates a solid connection between the rider and the power that moves the motorcycle.


Scarlet Red and Vivid Black paint is in very good condition, with only minor scuffs and chip. Gold pinstripes. H-D wings tank emblems. Chrome forks and shrouds. Chrome wheels with 40 chrome spokes. Wide whitewall tires. Chrome front rotor and caliper. Chrome headlight and auxiliary lights. Front and rear turn signals are bullet style, with amber lenses up front and red lenses out back.

Stainless steel braided lines and cables. Chrome square mirrors have 'live to ride, ride to live' emblems on the back. 5 inch risers with chrome beach bars. Chrome front brake master cylinder. Chrome slotted hand levers. Chrome engine guard with rubber toppers.

Long floorboards with chrome slotted heel/toe shifter and chrome brake pedal. Chrome 'live to ride, ride to live' air cleaner. Chrome cam cover with R2L,L2R emblem. Vance&Hines 2-into-2 short shots exhaust system. ?
Black wrinkle finish engine with polished fins, chrome rocker covers and push-rod tubes. Chrome frame and swing-arm accents. Hard leather saddlebags. Tombstone taillight. Chrome top and bottom belt guards. Chrome horn, coil and primary covers. Derby cover has the 'ride to live, live to ride' emblem.

Chrome shifter linkage. Chrome and rubber H-D hand grips. Luggage rack. Solo seat with chrome grab rail. Pillion pad with passenger pegs. Black dash console. Quick release tinted and vented windshield. Quick release sissy bar with pad.

This Deluxe has only 9,588 miles!!!
This bike has passed Lifestyle Cycles rigorous 100 point safety and mechanical inspection. Whether your looking to commute to work, ride the coast or take that dream vacation, this bike is ready to go!!!


NEW FROM 5-BALL RACING LEATHER—I’m about to relaunch the famous Bandit’s Bedroll and Day Roll. This time, we are offering them in wonderful leather and we may offer the original cordura version at a reduced price.

All of these will come in at less than previous prices by as much as 25 percent. My leather connection is doing a helluva job on these and we discovered that our last supplier was ripping us off. Live and learn.


Check out all of our leathers and books by clicking on the banner below.

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