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It's Crazy but We Will Survive

By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Bob T., Barry Green, Sam Burns, the Redhead, Laura, A.J., Stealth, Gearhead and the rest of the crew.

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Another wonderful day in paradise. I joke about the adage from the India-based movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Great flick: Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it’s not the end. Think about that anytime you’re in a jam. Think about it, when strange shit is happening in your hood, in the country or in the industry.

Harley seems to be struggling, but I look at it as a transition. And everything will be cool, when they come out of it. I’ve spoken to shop owners all over the country about the times. Here’s a good one. “We had a slow week when the Covid hit,” said Randy Aron of Cycle Visions in San Diego. “Ever since then we’ve been cooking.”

So, keep smiling, riding free and rockin’ the world. Let’s hit the news.

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THE STURGIS COUNCIL OF GENERALS-- had a vote last night. From one source the vote went down to 7 for and 2 against opening the rally gates. Another source told me the Council was reviewing five or maybe seven, hold it, could be nine opening options.

Rumor had it, they went for option three. The whole greasy enchilada played out on facebook they other night, so let us know if you heard anything else?

According to one reporter in the fields of South Dakota, the Council doesn't really have much sway whether the rally rocks or not. At one time they attempted to control the name until the courts took it away from them this year. Now you can print any Sturgis 2020 T-shirt you like. Bottom line, the biker world is coming to Sturgis for the Rally and no one can stop them, except the Governor. From all accounts the Governor of South Dakota is very cool.

Here's the latest from an inside source: Rally is on. Vendor licenses will be approved. There will be no City sponsored events but anything else can happen. And of course, the town of Buffalo Chip is hosting eight bands and is wide open.

So, be safe, be careful and healthy and promise not to bring any Covid to South Dakota. Some Bikernet staffers are heading out later this week.


AWESOME! Mike Harmon Racing recently and very proudly released the 47 Chevy Camaro paint scheme ThinBlueLine to be piloted by KyleWeatherman.

--Bob Clark

Suspension of INTERMOT 2020

Digital INTERMOT events at year’s end to keep motorcycle community informed of innovations and industry News

Classic trade fairs returning to the venue in Cologne beginning in autumn

Following extensive consultations, and in coordination with the conceptual sponsor, the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM), Koelnmesse GmbH has decided to suspend INTERMOT 2020 – an event it originally planned to host from 6 to 11 October 2020. A digital format for this is under preparation and will be implemented by year’s end. Regardless of the decision on INTERMOT, preparations for trade fairs scheduled for autumn 2020 at the venue in Cologne – such as spoga+gafa, DMEXCO and Orgatec – are proceeding as planned.

In contrast to trade fairs with a B2B orientation, major events such as INTERMOT draw tens of thousands of private visitors on all days of the trade fair; the hall space is limited and the time available is short. Spatial proximity and the shared experience of the trade fair form an integral part of the character of this event. At this point in time, the specifications currently in effect that have been issued by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), policy-makers and the public authorities cannot be met at major events.

With this in mind, after conferring with key players from the industry, and with a view to the health of exhibitors and visitors, Koelnmesse and the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM) have decided not to host this trade fair in 2020. ‘An event that depends on its appeal as an experience and event cannot be held in this form at this point in time and thus does not meet the expectations and needs of the industry. Our customers resources for 2021 are already under heavy strain as a result of the SARS/COVIC-19 crisis. As an important part of the motorcycle industry, however, and particularly in difficult times, we want to actively support our partners and are now working full steam on a digital format. With the digital INTERMOT news stream, we are creating a communication platform that will provide sustainable inspiration for the industry and the motorcycle community alike.

We can then turn our full focus to the event scheduled for 2022. In future, trade fairs such as INTERMOT will incorporate more hybrid elements – to supplement the on-site experience with added digital reach. All of the stakeholders involved now have plenty of time to prepare accordingly for the next INTERMOT in Cologne, and to make this the meeting place for the international motorcycle community once again’, explain Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse, and Reiner Brendicke, General Executive Manager of IVM, in a joint statement.

INTERMOT in the Social Web:

NEW ZEALAND Unplugged--
Bike Rider Magazine recently published an article by Andrea Tomba who joined us in February for the Kiwi Crusade tour with his fiancée, Tamara.

I have extracted a few quotes to give you an idea of what the article is about:

“We travelled to New Zealand to see the amazing landscape and people, however, as I linger over the pictures, I believe that what I took home is very different from what I expected.”

“An experience is something that we live first-hand, that we have direct contact with, and that, in my humble opinion, forms us as we become the result of our interpretation of our life’s experiences. It is something that we carry with us, that we build on, and that we often use to reflect on things in completely different realms.”

Read the full article on our website.

If you are in New Zealand then grab a copy (June Edition).


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4-22 Triton Dr, Rosedale
New Zealand

A SLICE FROM THE GEARHEAD DIARIES-- The wife and I were riding back from San Francisco down the 405. The new ‘78 Lowrider Shovel was running great. I had it only about 6 months. Just this side of Salinas that new Shovel lost power. I went from 80 to zip in no-time.

My wife asks me, “Now what?” I told her I have no idea. Me, being a new rider and all, I had no notion of what made this bike tick. I spent the next 40 years learning.

We sat on the side of the road, with the wife scratching my head about what to do. This is how brothers on the road use to be, we got cell phones and laptops nowadays.

A dude flys by and doubles back to ask me, if I needed any help. I said hell yea.

He had no idea about it just like me. He did offer to drive my wife into Fresno to the Harley dealership since the bike was still under warranty. The service package took care of a tow as long as you carried the warranty card, which I did, always.

While they split to the dealership I sat there waiting. You just did not leave a bike by the road back then or nowadays.

By the grace of the God of Harley and everything else, an old biker pulled over in his old ‘50s Ford pickup truck and ask if I needed help? I said hell yeah, again.

He asks me a few questions to diagnose the problem and I answer. No power to anywhere he says and goes hum. He found out that the lug had broken off on the hot side of the battery. He stripped the end of the wire where it broke, opened up the braided wire in the middle and stuck the battery bolt right through it. He bolted the lead to the battery, and we were fixed.

I put the key turned on the ignition and kicked the Harley to life. I gave him a few dollars for his time and thanked him. I went to turn around to turn off the bike, and when I turned back, he was gone. Where do you go out in the middle of nowhere, I ask you? The dude had to be the Harley Angel sent by God himself.

The wife and the other biker got back from town and I told them what had happened and they both were blown away. That started my learning process. It never ends.

-- Gearhead

LE PERA SEAT OF THE WEEK—Classic Cobra for Softails--

Is there a seat style that offers more of the classic chopper style than the Cobra? We think not!

It will single handedly capture the heart and soul of the Softail. Simply put, the Cobra is one righteous around town, bar hoppin', day cruiser seat.

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Rider seating area is 10" wide. Passenger seating area is 7" wide.

Driver Seating:
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Two priests decided to go to Hawaii on vacation. They were determined to make this a real vacation by not wearing anything that would identify them as clergy. As soon as the plane landed they headed for a store and bought outrageous shorts, shirts, sandals, sunglasses.

Next morning they were at the beach, enjoying drinks, sunshine and the scenery when a topless blonde walked straight towards them. They couldn't help but stare. As the blonde passed them she smiled and said, "Good Morning Fathers" then she passed on by.

Stunned, they wondered, how in the world did she know they were priests. So back to the store to buy even more outrageous outfits. Now in their new attire, they settled down in their chairs to enjoy the sunshine.

After a little while the same gorgeous topless blonde came walking toward them. Again she nodded at each of them saying "Good Morning Fathers" walking away.

One of the priests couldn't stand it any longer and asked, "Young lady, we’re priests and proud of it but how in the world do you know we are priests dressed as we are?"

To which she replied...

“Father, it’s me, Sister Kathleen…”

--EL Waggs
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2015 Harley-Davidson® FXDB - Dyna® Street Bob for $11,995.00
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Power comes from an air-cooled, Twin Cam 103 engine that delivers a maximum torque of 98.8 ft-lb at 3,000 rpm. As far as efficiency is concerned, the engine delivers an average fuel consumption of 43 mpg. The engine was carefully designed to work together with a modern Six-Speed Cruise Drive transmission that is perfectly suited for long journeys. For enhanced comfort the Harley Davidson Dyna Street Bob is equipped with a slammed low rear suspension.The combination stop/tail/turn lighting and side-mounted license plate keep the chopped rear fender clean and smooth.

The Street Bob can be further personalized through our in-store parts department that allows customers to select options that personalize fit, function and style in more than 2,000 combinations. Add your touch to this bike. You will be starting with a Nice Dyna 103!!!


Vivid Black paint is like new. Black powder console with chrome caps and gauge accents, Vivid Black 12" T bars, black Avon grips, chrome mirrors and vivid black levers. Chrome blinkers and black quarter fairing with a tall blacked out windshield.

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Black powder chain guard, chrome adjustable shocks, and black drive sprocket with a polished rim. Hi-reflective chrome stop / turn / tail lights with side mounted LED lit license plate.

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CLASSICS FROM BDL--The Belt Drive Limited EVBB-3T-4, was developed for big inch, big horsepower Shovel Head drivelines from 1970 – 1983 running 4-speed transmissions and rear chain drives.

This is BDL’s ball bearing version of the company’s legendary EVB-3T-4 drive. The conversions address inconsistent clutch adjustment and obnoxious oils leaks in one shot. No more floating basket to contend with and best of all no more unreliable clutch.

The 68-tooth basket and 45-tooth front pulley come with the BDL-138-38K belt providing a 1.511:1 gear ratio to help on the open road. This is a performance clutch kit incorporates the famous BDL ball bearing lock up assist pressure plate.

Tried and proven on thousands of machines over the past 5 years the new kit retails for $774.00.



How does a lawyer sleep? First, he lies on one side, then he lies on the other.

There was a kidnapping at school yesterday. Don’t worry, though - he woke up.

He wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant, but then he changed his mind.

Which country’s capital has the fastest-growing population? - Ireland. It’s Dublin every day.

A supercilious crook going downstairs? Oh you mean, a condescending con, descending.

Jill broke her finger today, but on the other hand, she was completely fine.

England doesn't have a kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

Chief Investigator™ News Bureau

TEXAS WEATHER REPORT--So I’ve worn Wolverine Durashock boots for 20+ years, they made one with a thick, straight cushion sole and then stopped a couple years ago. I’m struggling to find a replacement.

Today I found Bandit, the only EW width they had & they were used! Store let someone return them, the entire line was already $10 off, so I made ‘em give me another $20 too!

Figured a used Bandit was better than none.



The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is pleased to update our members that all three of our high priority motorcyclist amendments have just passed with unanimous consent after being placed in a bipartisan en bloc vote during this morning's hearing. After lengthy negotiations between both parties, each side agreed to put 18 amendments in a single en bloc vote to help speed up proceedings in the markup of H.R. 2, the INVEST in America Act.

The MRF wants to thank all of our members and partners for engaging with their member of Congress to ensure the priorities of motorcyclists were addressed during this process. We will send out a full release later today on the hearing but wanted to alert our members who have been following the hearing proceedings over the past two days.


About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.



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I'm going to be staying at Deadwood Dicks during Stugis. Is the crew or Bandit staying in that area?

Brandywine, MD
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Editor Response Give me a call, when you roll into town. 310-528-9258
Does MB leathers make buck knife sheaths for a left handers? I have one, I got at the Orange County fair about twenty years ago and it is a favorite. I would like to have it remade but don't know any saddle makers any more.

Torrance, CA
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Editor Response Check with MB and let us know.
The company that made generator caps with regulators inside was. I believe, called Electri Franke? Don't know if they are still around?

charlotte, NC
Friday, June 19, 2020
Editor Response Thanks!
I wish I would have talked to you way back when I thought of doing my solo seat. I might have gone a different route. Put the solo on last night and it is real comfy.The upholstery shop put a jell pad under the top leather piece. I am happy with it and it should be good for those long solo rides.

Torrance, CA
Friday, June 19, 2020

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