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Sturgis live, Toby Keith Concert, S&S new crankcase, Hamsters raise $ for kids, and so much more.

Bandit, Rogue, Jim Waggaman, Doc Robinson, Canyon Carver,bad Uncle Monkey, Buck Lovell, Gary Kroz, and the rest of the crew.

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Sturgis is in full swing. It’s jammed and activities are at an all-time high. I mean that from a couple of standpoints. There are shows, concerts, activities, and entertainment every minute of every day. But the quality of every activity grew this year. The shows are better and better managed. The concerts are rocking with bigger names, like Toby Keith, the Doobie Bros, and of course Stephen Tyler.

Rick Fairless at HOF Breakfast trying to convince the audience to get on their bikes and ride to Strokers Dallas for lunch.
Rick Fairless at HOF Breakfast trying to convince the audience to get on their bikes and ride to Strokers Dallas for lunch.

You’ll see some of the activities right here in the news including the Lichter art exhibit, the Hall of Fame induction breakfast, and the Doobie Brothers charity effort.

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BIKERNET BAD MALE BLONDE JOKE LIBRARY JUST BARELY OPEN--A blonde man goes to the vet with his goldfish.
"I think it's got epilepsy," he tells the vet.

The vet takes a look and says, "It seems calm enough to me."

The blonde man says, "Wait, I haven't taken it out of the bowl yet."

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Cruiser Editor

Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it's chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to 'Merican, he rides 'em all.

Leather vests have a long-standing history with the cruiser set. They also serve as a palette for patch-wearing club members, from the Christian Motorcycle Association to the Hells Angels . Some bikers would rather die than defy the colors on their vests while others decorate them with patches from rallies they’ve ridden to over the years. The words Sturgis, Laconia, Laughlin, and Daytona Beach become badges of honor in the brotherhood of bikers on vests that have become hallowed gear.

I have a confession though. I’ve never been a vest guy. Most vests you find at motorcycle rallies are cheaply made, one-size-fits-all and won’t last more than one riding season. To me, the look was played out. So when Nick over at Outlaw Network Enterprises (O.N.E.) asked if I’d like one to review, I was incredulous to say the least.

The first thing that impressed me was that they didn’t start stitching my vest together until I told them specifically what I wanted. Each O.N.E. vest is handcrafted based on buyer’s input. You get to pick out whether you want it with or without a collar, pocket style, liner color, material, length and size. These things aren’t sitting on a dusty rack in a warehouse waiting to be shipped upon order. In these days of mass production, having the option to have a garment tailored to my personal tastes was refreshing. I went with the Outlaw style with no collar, two small chest pockets with a black liner in XL.

The O.N.E. Outlaw Motorcycle Vest is made from heavy duty leather. It’s cut slim in the waist and snug in the chest. Five buttons run up the front with brass snaps that fasten easily, even with gloves on. There is a thick, overlying flap on the buttons to keep air from penetrating the front. The top snap sits right at the base of my neck and if unbuttoned, it rubs right above my Adam’s apple at speed when sitting in an upright cruiser position but didn’t ride up as much if I buttoned it all the way. The Outlaw Vest is a touch longer in back and I never noticed it riding up. The thick cowhide fits me snug but comfortable and keeps the body core well-protected against wind and cold air.

Pockets are minimal, by my own choosing. There are two small chest pockets with snaps that are about the size of a pack of smokes. Inside the vest on the right side is a vertical, hand-sized pocket lined in leather. On the left side is a larger leather-lined pocket with an easily accessible sideways opening that’s perfect for personal protection. I slipped my 9mm in there to test it out and it fit perfectly.

The guys at O.N.E. pride themselves on quality and it shows. Every detail of the Outlaw Vest, from the leather to the stitching down to the buttons is quality stuff. Everything’s handcrafted here in the good ol’ USA and every vest comes with a lifetime guarantee. Lifetime guarantee! Who the hell does that anymore? It costs more than your average vest, but it's worth it. The Outlaw I’ve been sporting is the same one the guys from the show Sons of Anarchy wear. But that’s not why I like it. The Outlaw Vest fits me like I stood in their shop while they broke out the tape measure and fitted me personally. The styling is fresh and filled with machismo. It’s just now getting broken in and the leather is supple and taking on more character. The guys at O.N.E. convinced me that wearing a vest can be cool.

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PROJECT OF THE WEEK-- I am planning on entering a couple of my bikes into the Ultimate Builder show in Chicago next year.
 I am in the process of a full makeover with a Honda CL360 "DirtBall" Here's a before and present photo.



rarefied \RAIR-uh-fahyd\, adjective:
1. extremely high or elevated; lofty; exalted: the rarefied atmosphere of a scholarly symposium.?2. of, belonging to, or appealing to an exclusive group; select; esoteric: rarefied tastes.
A fire then being made in any chimney, the air over the fire is rarefied by the heat, becomes lighter and therefore immediately rises in the funnel, and goes out...
-- Benjamin Franklin, Observations and Experiments, 1744-1785
She and Adam had one thing in common--they were both fine-drawn and rarefied--not much clogged with fleshly appetites.
-- John Buchan, A Prince of Captivity, 1933
Rarefied entered English in the late 1300s from the Latin rarus + facere meaning "to make rare."



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To do this simply go to our webpage at Look in the top left corner of the page for the Subscribe to On the Road button. Click on it and fill in your name and new email address with Time Warner or other service you wish us to have and hit subscribe. A confirmation email will be sent to the new email address.

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BIKERNET’S BRAZIALIAN CONNECTION—Big Joe wrote from Brazil about how Bikernet helps him keep the faith in a difficult country, where it’s tough to find parts and keep Harleys running. We started to correspond, and hopefully over the coming months we will get a taste of riding in Brazil. Below are some of his thoughts, and some of the Biker talent in his world.

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Only those who live in a country like this one knows the difficulties for anyone who loves this universe "old school ......"
I'm American name, spirit, soul, heart, dreams.... I Love America.

One of My helmets: drew with Leo’s hand, the artist and his Circumano blog.

In Brazil things are very difficult, you do imagine how to make parts of Harley (for example) , they are expensive, there are few Harley dealers, everything is very expensive (import), we live by what we see on sites like yours.

Here’s an air filter designed for me, with glass in face.

I did all of this seat cover.

Joe (the tall one) with Cap.
Joe (the tall one) with Cap.

The largest collector of Harleys in Brazil is Cap. Senra"(age 81). He has 15 bikes.

Your site feeds my soul.

--Joe-Luis Marinho

THIS JUST IN, New Bikernet Reader Comment!--

Cool ... is there more? Would like to read more.

--Dan Holtkamp
Minturn, CO

I’ll check with the esteemed editor of Bikernet Trikes, Buck Lovell.

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HANG ON FOR THE TRIKE OF THE WEEK--Here is one for the news ... a V8 caterpillar diesel trike. Don't know much more about it but Wow.

--Richard P. Kranzler
Bikernet Tech Editor

INSIDERS VIEW OF THE BARNES & KNOBLE BUSINESS DEBACLE--In several passages in The Art of War, Sun Tzu says some variation of the following advice: If you must engage the enemy, engage the enemy in a battleground of your choosing, not his choosing. Select the ground that gives you a position of strength and draw the enemy to you.

This is exactly what Bezos did with Amazon, the the exact opposite of what B&N did. Amazon staked out the virtual world with its Kindle e-reader and inventory that wasn't constrained by the physical space of a brick-and-mortar structure, offering not only an unlimited selection of books but an unlimited selection of products. For example, you can buy   --there.

B&N's strength was as a bookstore offering a wide selection of books to appeal to a wide group of customers who still wanted to go to a bookstore and browse books. Instead of staking out that ground and trying to draw Amazon there, where it could slaughter Amazon, it mindlessly charged headlong into the e-reader market, where it didn't stand a chance.

B&N is a physical bookstore, and Amazon owns the digital world. Then it gutted its stores of the one thing that attracted customers--a wide selection of books--and instead tried to compete head on with Amazon by offering a wider variety of products. But unless it could offer everything from Gibson Les Pauls to General Electric air-conditioner compressors to Filthy Kim Inflatable Fuck Dolls, it didn't stand a chance competing head to head against Amazon on Amazon's battleground.

Unfortunately B&N had once been so successful, that when it comes to bookstores, they are now the only game in town. And they pissed that away through hubris, stupidity, and the advice of MBAs, all of whom should be put in a giant burlap sack and dropped into the Marinas Trench.

--Mysterious Bikernet Consultant

Did you know that a very large percentage of Nook and Kindle users are not reading books with their electronic devises. They play games or look at movies. --Bandit

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FREEDOM ON FACEBOOK—We ran my quote on Facebook to see how it would pull.

“I will keep tabs on the numbers! It will be interesting.......,” said our Bikernet Internet Content Coordinator, Mistress Chris. “I think that folks don't care, but looking at the numbers your saying is getting, I would be wrong. There are 723 people who have viewed it, 2 comments posted under it, 2 shares to other pages, 18 likes and that is in the last 8 hours. It takes about 36 hours for the numbers to plateau out, so we shall see!”

Today we looked again and here are the results: It has 869 have "seen" the post
2 people have "shared" it to other pages
20 people have pressed the LIKE button
and 2 comments were posted:

Jason S. Brown Well said!

Brian Reilly amen, brother!

The key: whether folks prefer safety over FREEDOM? Or would they give up Freedoms readily because they believe it would enhance safety, or even save money?

We are still digging.--Bandit

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OFFICIAL BIKERNET SURVEY—We could ask you to click on a link taking you to a series of very boring tech head questions, but we won’t. Just drop us a line and tell the staff the top departments you like on Bikernet, please. And tell us if you ever play a game on Bikernet. That’s all, and if you give us an address, I’ll send you a sticker or some sort of bling.



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Q1: What is the fee to order Legacy License Plates?
A: $50.

Q2: Does the application fee of $50 apply to either a sequential or a personalized license plate?
A: Yes. The fee is the same for either choice of plate configuration.

Q3: If the Legacy License Plate Program is implemented, what other fees will be due?
A:$40 for renewal
$15 to transfer the plates to another vehicle
$35 for substitute plates

Q4: Do I have to send the payment in with the pre-order form?
A: Yes.

Q5: Can I submit my pre-order online?
A: No. An online system for pre-orders will not be developed.

Q6: Can I pay with a credit or debit card?
A: No. Payment must be made by check, money order, or cashier's check made payable to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Q7: Can I submit my pre-order at a DMV Field Office or Auto Club office?
A: No. Pre-orders must be sent to the address indicated on the form.

Q8: I can't find the pre-order form on the DMV website.
A: The California Legacy License Plate Pre-Order Form (REG 17L) (PDF) can be found on the Legacy License Plate Pre-Order web page along with other information about the Legacy plates.

Q9: Where do I send the pre-order form?
A: Department of Motor Vehicles
Legacy License Plates
Customer Service/Operations Support, MS H203
PO Box 825393
Sacramento, CA 94232-5393
This information is also on the form. Be sure to keep a copy before submitting it.

Q10: How will I know that DMV received my application?
A: If your payment is cashed by DMV, your application was received and tentatively approved.

Q11: Can the Legacy Plates be assigned to any year model of vehicle?
A: Yes.

Q12: Can the Legacy Plates be assigned to motorcycles?
A: Yes.

Q13: Are the Legacy Plates going to look exactly like the license plates issued in the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's?
A: No. Current law requires license plates to be reflectorized and modern manufacturing processes may not allow for an exact replication of the original plates. The images shown on the website and REG 17L are for illustrative purposes only. The final design of the plate will differ; however, as many characteristics of the original plates as possible will be applied.

Q14: If implemented, will the Legacy License Plate program eliminate the Year of Manufacture (YOM) plate program?
A: No. The YOM program will not be replaced by the Legacy License Plate program.

Q15: Can I pre-order the Legacy Plates as a gift?
A: Yes. The pre-order form contains an area to provide the recipient's name and address information.

Q16: How many pre-orders does the DMV need to receive in order to initiate the production of the Legacy Plates?
A: The law enacting this plate program (AB 1658, 2012) allows until January 1, 2015 to reach the required minimum 7,500 pre-orders for any one of the plate styles.

Q17: Will the DMV wait until January 1, 2015 to implement the program even if the minimum is reached before that date?
A: No. Once the required minimum is reached, implementation of the program will go into development.

Q18: How long after the program is implemented will I receive the plates I have pre-ordered?
A: Approximately 9-12 months.

Q19: If I submit a pre-order with a personalized plate number, will my request be reserved when the order is received?
A: No. Reserving numbers for the Legacy Plates could prevent someone else from obtaining their desired plate number on an established special plate.

Q20: What if the personal license plate number(s) I request is deemed to be unacceptable by DMV?
A: All of the personal plate number choices entered on the pre-order form will be reviewed for acceptability upon receipt. The form contains a check box to indicate if you would like to receive sequential plates if your requested plate choices are not available or acceptable. If this box is checked, and all of your choices are deemed as unacceptable, you will receive a set of sequential plates if the program is implemented. If the box is not checked, your order form and payment method will be returned to you.

Q21: What would deem a personalized plate number as unacceptable?
A: The configuration can be construed to be offensive to good taste, or it is similar to configurations of other license plate types. For example, plate configurations issued in the 50’s and 60’s (ABC123), or 70’s (1ABC123), are not acceptable as personalized plate numbers.

Q22: What if the DMV determines the program will be implemented, but it turns out all of the personal plate numbers I requested are acceptable, but not available?
A: If you checked the box on the form to receive sequential plates if your choices are not available or acceptable, you will receive a set of sequential plates. If this box is not checked, a refund will be issued to you as soon as possible after January 1, 2015.

Q23: The meaning of my personal plate request is a private joke among my friends. Do I have to explain what it means?
A: Yes. The department must ensure that the meaning of a plate configuration will not be construed as offensive to good taste.

This goes on and on, but the info is available if you need additional questions answered.

--from Rodan

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Editor Response So, what the hell do you make?
Really enjoyed the News as always. The notion of aimlessness amplified by the number of projects and goals is increased exponentially by years spent partying with brunettes, redheads, and the occasional dirty blond. I believe it's call "oldtimer's".

Ride on!


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Friday, August 9, 2013
Editor Response Good point, but I'm not sure. I've cut the girls, but not the writing projects, the motorcycle efforts, the size of the business, the building projects, the number of animals roaming through this joint, the philanthropic efforts, or communication devices.

I know this is a society dilemma, not just me. We all are faced with too much, too fast. Add to that list paying taxes, insurance, vehicle registration, dues, services, smog checks, medical exams, and where does that leave the rebel? We are looking at a small island in the middle of the Pacific used for bombing practice. Are you ready?

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