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Give Thanks to Everyone in the Motorcycle Industry and Riding Two and Three Wheels!

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Buckshot, Sam Burns, Ben, MPP and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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In this harried world this is the week to give thanks and to think about your year and those who have helped out.

I piss and moan about the government and regulations, and I contend they don’t get the mantra, Freedom. But on the other hand America is wonderful, full of resources, friends, open roads and cool motorcycles. I should reword that. It’s not just America but the motorcycle community all over the world.

Bikers, builders, dirt bike riders and racers understand Freedom and love it. We work together, share resources, fight for freedom and struggle together. I want to thank all the Biker’s Rights members and leaders for keeping us in the game. I want to thank all the manufacturers for their efforts to share motorcycling with a younger audience.

I want to thank all our readers, all the creative builders out there, all the bike show promoters and all the custom parts manufactures who are struggling but doing what they love.

I had a meeting with Hugh King regarding another build-off series but with a twist. We are going to take a guy’s bike and alter it. No ground-ups to begin with. We are going to celebrate craftsmen all over the world. Thank you, and everyone for the love of two-wheeled freedom forever!

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.

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

I'll send you some contact sheets to see what might catch your eye on some MC stuff.

Isis Queen & the Barb Wire Dolls have to go to the music site first. Took a 4 day weekend, to hopefully move the Shovelhead closer to life, but NO, haven't even made it to the barn!


Black Friday Cellar Sale
Friday, November 24

Join us on Friday, November 24th for a special Black Friday Cellar Sale at Doffo Winery. We have dug deep into the Doffo Library to find some perfectly-aged rarities ready to enjoy around the dinner table, or to give as gifts to the serious wine lovers in your life. This may be your only chance to get your hands on some of these low inventory wines before they're gone forever.

Doors open at 5:00pm to the general public; Doffo Legacy members will be allowed early entry at 4:00pm.

Thanksgiving Weekend Tasting Room Hours

Thursday, November 23 | CLOSED
Friday, November 24 | 11:00am - 6:00pm
Satrday, November 25 | 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, November 26 | 10:00am - 5:00pm
Monday, November 27 | 11:00a - 5:00pm


deontology [
1. ethics, especially that branch dealing with duty, moral obligation, and right action.

In deontology, the ethical theory whose most famous exponent was perhaps the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, I can be a good person by applying my reason to the discovery of moral behavior.

-- Armond Boudreaux and Corey Latta, "The Dark Knight Returns: Why No Single Principle Is Sufficient," Titans: How Superheroes Can Help Us Make Sense of a Polarized World, 2017

Deontology, the study of moral obligation, derives from Greek déon (stem déont-), a neuter participle used as a noun, meaning “what is binding, necessary, right,” a derivative of the verb déein, deîn “to bind, tie, fetter.” The combining form -logy “science” is completely naturalized in English. Deontology was coined and published by the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) in 1826.

NEW FROM TRIUMPH-- At the EICMA show in Milan, Triumph unveiled its updated 3-cylinder adventure bike lineup, which includes six Tiger 800 models and six Tiger 1200 models (the “Explorer” moniker has been dropped), all of which have been improved and refined. Both displacements are available in on-road-oriented XR and off-road-oriented XC versions, with different equipment levels distinguishing the XR, XRx, XRx Low Ride Height (LHR), XRT, XCx and XCA models.

--from Rider Magazine


The only thing bad about retirement is that you never get a day off.

--from Rik Savenko

Get Hot BAKER DRIVELINE Stuff Damn Near Half-Off!-- Black Friday Special:

Limited reserve, first come first serve.

BAKER Drivetrain has popular products for extreme discounts on Black Friday. When the most generous discounted level of a given product is sold out, BAKER Drivetrain has set aside fall back quantities of that product to be sold for a lesser, but still a very impressive, deal.

For example, when the $1700 GrudgeBox becomes sold out, BAKER has set aside more of them to be sold for $2500 (The GrudgeBox retails at $3395). The deals taper off.

BAKER Drivetrain will only tell their newsletter subscribers on how to access the Black Friday webpage. Within the next couple of days, at an undisclosed time, the email link will be sent out to the subscribers...and let the race begin.

BAKER Drivetrain compels those who are interested to subscribe to their newsletter now. Maintaining one's subscription helps ensure that he or she is aware of future deals, as well as interesting information coming from BAKER.

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Click for Action.

WACO MISTRIAL-- Here’s Why Bandido Jake Will Remain a Free Man

The first trial of Christopher Jacob Carrizal has come to an end. As an expert consultant to his defense, the MPP refrained from releasing anything related to the trial in an attempt to avoid any negative impact or potential conflicts of interest. But the trial is now over and it’s time to speak the truth.

Judge Matt Johnson declared a mistrial after two days of deliberations in which the jury was hopelessly deadlocked. The President of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club was facing three separate charges relating to events that took place at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on May 17, 2015. Carrizal was charged with directing a criminal street gang and engaging in organized criminal activity, or conspiring to engage in criminal activity, as a member of a criminal street gang, resulting in 9 murders and 18 instances of aggravated assault.

Although a new trial setting has been scheduled for April 2018, there are many factors that could impact the decision for a retrial. Regardless, based on observing the trial firsthand, there is every reason to have hope that Jake Carrizal will remain a free man. Why? Because Jake chooses courage over cowardice. And that choice makes America a better place.

The State’s Case Against Carrizal

The state’s case rested largely on two text messages sent by Carrizal to other members of the Dallas chapter, and Dallas area support clubs, in the week preceding Twin Peaks. The first text asks for all members of the red and gold (that aren’t working) to attend the COC meeting at Twin Peaks and to leave their Ol’ Ladies at home. The second text simply suggested that everyone bring their tools. The prosecution contended that these texts were sufficient to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Fortunately for Jake, the red and gold nation, and the motorcycle club community at large, a jury of 12, all citizens of Waco, disagreed and refused to convict.

-Motorcycle Profiling Project

We will run this entire well-documented report in Special Reports next week.--Bandit

Matt Levatich
Matt Levatich

Recently Polaris’s and Harley’s CEO’s squared off at the AIM Expo to give their assessment of where the Industry needs to go:
Scott Wine is between 17:45 to 32:40
Matt Levatich is between 44:00 to 1:04:48

The segment between the two speakers is very interesting too… Something we have been pushing for the past 15 years that both speakers says is a key to this industry, but both fail to have products in this market segment.

Scott Wine
Scott Wine

The future of the powersports industry lies with new riders, and how to develop these new riders is a tough yet intriguing challenge the industry must face together.

--Frank White
ATK Motorcycles



LIFESTYLE DEAL OF THE WEEK-- 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Bob
The mile-eating performance of our Dyna chassis wrapped in no-nonsense, stripped-down, hardcore bobber style.
The time-honored art of getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter.

The original bobber fanatics invented the style, and they had one rule: if it’s not essential, get rid of it. That’s the Street Bob®. 103 cubic inches of Harley-Davidson® V-Twin power. Solo seat. Chopped rear fender. Mini-apes. Blacked out fork lowers and triple clamps, blacked out engine finish with highlighted fins. Time to cut.



Can someone explain this to me. Almost all active street motorcycle riders are at least 35 or 40 years old. And the motorcycle industry is, rightfully, concerned about attracting younger riders.

Yet a growing number of advertisers in the motorcycle industry are spending their marketing funds in digital areas frequented by younger people but not in solid, well established motorcycle magazines like American Iron Magazine with proven audience reach and credibility.

Why ignore the core audience of active and engaged riders through print but put your marketing eggs in the digital basket preferred by millenials, who are less likely to ride a motorcycle than any other generation before them?

--Buzz Cantor
American Iron Magazine

That one’s easy Buzz. Digital advertising is much less expensive than traditional advertising and the feeling is that it’s more targeted. I don’t completely agree with that assessment, but that would be one of the reasons.

--AI Reader

Unfortunately, there is way more benefits to digital advertising. It comes with current, day-to-day, hour-to-hour content. More info can be shared, there are no space limitations. It’s non-stop and interactive. Plus you have a direct connection with the advertiser, and his or her products.


An ALL-NEW Michael Lichter Photography website dedicated to custom motorcycles and the biker culture is now available--
After more than 20 years on-line, this is our first total website redesign. There are 100s of bike features and loads of events including lots of new content from the past few years.

New features include a search function, the ability to buy prints on-line (just in time for Christmas!), a “lightbox” to store images you like and plenty of ways to share photos.

New (and old) content is being added every week, so keep checking back as well.

Visit lichterphoto.com and tell us what you think!

--Michael Lichter
Officially Certified feature and event photographer
Easyriders Magazine

HANG ON! Civilization in 2017!!!

ð Our Phones - Wireless
ð Cooking - Fireless
ð Cars - Keyless
ð Food - Fatless
ð Tires -Tubeless
ð Youth - Jobless
ð Leaders - Shameless
ð Relationships - Meaningless
ð Attitudes - Careless
ð Babies - Fatherless
ð Feelings - Heartless
ð Education - Valueless
ð Children – Mannerless

Government-is CLUELESS,
And our Politicians-are WORTHLESS!

I'm scared - Shitless!

--Rick Krost
U.S. Choppers
Always something new at U.S. Choppers. Click for action.
Always something new at U.S. Choppers. Click for action.

It's bad enough that Harley-Davidson is in the midst of a two-year slide in U.S. motorcycle sales, but it may have a new headache to contend with. India-based motorcycle maker Royal Enfield is introducing a new big motorcycle to the Indian market, a move that could lead to Harley-Davidson losing its dominance overseas. It could also create headaches here at home.

A royal lineage

It's possible you've never heard of Royal Enfield, or associated it only with the famed rifle of the British army, but it is today the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer located in the world's biggest motorcycle market. It has a largely negligible presence in the U.S., and its bikes typically have small engines compared to the big bore bikes Harley produces, but it was founded in 1901, giving it a lineage older than Harley-Davidson (and as old as Indian Motorcycle), and now it looks like it wants to take on Harley-Davidson wherever it does business.

Earlier this month, Royal Enfield introduced in India its first big twin-engine motorcycle -- two of them, actually -- the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650, bikes that will compete head-to-head with Harley's Street 750.

Right now, India only accounts for around 2% of Harley-Davidson's total sales, but it owns 60% of the big bike market there and a local player with a vastly larger distribution network could create problems.

A vastly larger rival

Royal Enfield is owned by Indian car manufacturer Eicher Motors and completely owns the mid-size 250 cc to 750 cc bike market with a 95% share. In fiscal 2017, which ended last March, it sold some 666,000 motorcycles, but wants to produce some 950,000 next year.

To put that in context, Harley-Davidson sold 260,000 bikes last year and is expected to sell at most 250,000 units worldwide this year. In fact, Royal Enfield's sales are equivalent to the global sales of Harley-Davidson, KTM, BMW, Triumph, and Ducati -- combined.

According to reports, the new Enfield motorcycles will be priced at around 300,000 rupees (about $4,600) versus the 500,000 rupees a Street 750 goes for. While that alone would make it a competitive alternative, Enfield has about 700 dealerships in India whereas Harley has just 30, meaning it would take very few Enfield sales at each of the dealerships to outstrip Harley sales.

Battle on 2 fronts

Soon, Royal Enfield may also make a play for the U.S. market. The dealer situation here is the reverse, with Harley-Davidson having around 700 dealerships and Enfield having just a few dozen in the U.S. and Canada. That said, Enfield's bikes could strike a chord with the emerging domestic motorcycle buyer.

It's a well-publicized fact Harley-Davidson's core customer has become something of a dying breed. The middle-aged male just isn't buying the same number of bikes as he used to. Instead, young, urban riders, many of whom are women, are the key demographic to motorcycle growth. Although the Street 750 (and the 500) are targeted toward this new rider, Enfield's strength here is in the 500cc bike and at an attractive price point. Now it is introducing its new Himalayan 410cc bike aimed at those who want to ride trails and dirt tracks.

When arguing recently that Harley-Davidson should make the bold move of acquiring ATK Motorcycles, the only U.S. manufacturer of dirt bikes, I noted that it's from this market where young riders get their first taste of motorcycling and it is they who will eventually be upgrading to the street bikes Harley sells.
Harley-Davidson has said it wants to cultivate young riders, and it wants to bring 2 million new riders to the Harley brand, but now with Royal Enfield entering the market, it seems to make it more imperative that the iconic bike maker move soon.

The U.S. heavyweight motorcycle market has been declining for several years now. As the industry leader, Harley-Davidson has felt the impact most. With the Indian market set to explode even further over the next few years, Harley may have a committed competitor in more places than just at home.


--from Rogue
Grand Marshall Editor
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Results from the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, Long Beach Edition.

For pictures, results and additional bike show details at Long Beach click here.

FreeStyle Winner

1st Place - #300 - Ryan McQuiston 45 Magnum, a 1941 Harley-Davidson Flathead 45"
2nd Place - #675 - Sosa Christian, Space Traveler
MOD Harley Winner

MOD Harley Winners
1st Place - #425 - Tom Day, 1976 Triumph built by David Bird - Hand built from the ground up, custom paint with leaf pattern, hand made oil bag, Cole Foster fuel tank

2nd Place - #1275 Taber Nash - KOKO, Nash Motorcycle Company - KOKO is an extreme build that includes an open primary, a gas thank that includes gas and oil, custom tins, springer frontend

MOD Retro Winners
1st Place - #175 - Dale Crawford of Motone named Mahakala, a 2006 Triumph Hardtail Bobber
2nd Place - #150 - Dale Crawford of Motone named Grasshopper, a 2009 Triumph Bonneville Café Racer


MOD Custom Winners
1st Place - #100 Doug Ide of Ide Innovations with Rising Sun, a 2009 Roadking - The paint is just fantastic, Candy apple red with marblizer, Frame raked for the 1-off 30" wheel, handbuilt headlight nacelle, sliding saddlebag lids - front and rear air ride
2nd Place - #1250 - Samual Kao of JSK Moto Co. with Project Cobalt Storm, a 1997 XL1200 Sportster - The team from JSK Moto took a minimalistic approach. Paint by Air Runner Custom Paint

$70,000 National Championship
First and second position in each class have qualified for the $70,000 National Championship Show in Chicago.


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Your comment on Courtney Force is false. The Top Fuel Champion Is her sister Brittney. Courtney drives funny cars.

Mike Gosson
Cle Elum, WA
Friday, November 24, 2017
Editor Response Thanks for the clarification.

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