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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Rogue, Barry Green, El Waggs, Bob T., Laura, the Redhead, Sam Burns, A.J., The Sheriff, Dan Leadbetter and the rest of the gang

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My son called last night.
He’s a tattoo artists at All Saints in Austin, Texas. He’s been sorta shut down at home in Texas and like so many, started to watch all the weird shit conspiracy theories. I’ve noticed that some of my brothers are getting a little edgy. It’s time we got back to the business of life.

I completely understand the need not to overwhelm our medical industry. And recently the Sturgis Rally discussion surfaced. One report worried that all the decision makers had solely financial cards in play and that the decision might be forced in one direction, to make money off the rally.

I said the players run the gamut from Zero tolerance control freaks to freedom riders, party animals and the money makers. I hope they can find balance. But in the end motorcycling wins. As long as we are riding, we’re safe and free. Just ride through Sturgis and keep going. Ride into the hills of the Badlands. Ride through Yosemite and Zion. Ride through Flagstaff and Monument Valley. Just Ride!

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Today we are officially announcing the closing of our dealership here in Libertyville. This was not an easy decision to make as each and every one of our customers are like family to us. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you over the past several years.

Our commitment to servicing our customers will extend beyond this announcement. We will do everything we can to communicate the best possible options for sales and service going forward. Please feel free to call or stop by. We are still complying with local COVID19 business practices.

We will be selling off all remaining inventory of bikes, parts, accessories and apparel until it is gone. Our official closing date is set for May 31, 2020.

Thank you for your friendship, it's been a lot of fun!

Don and Todd

Indian Motorcycle of Libertyville 847.984.2542

I spoke to one of the owners. This is the chance of a lifetime to buy an Indian under cost and all the apparel is going for a steal. --Bandit

I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT ENJOY A LITTLE CHURCH HUMOR--A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning.

He said "Today, in church, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn that comes to your mind."

The pastor shouted out "CROSS." Immediately the congregation started singing in unison, "THE OLD RUGGED CROSS."

The pastor hollered out "GRACE."

The congregation began to sing "AMAZING GRACE, how sweet the sound."

The pastor said "POWER."

The congregation sang "THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD."

The Pastor said "SEX". The congregation fell into total silence. Everyone was in shock. They all nervously began to look around at each other, afraid to say anything.

Then all of a sudden, way from in the back of the church, a little old 87-year-old grandmother stood up and began to sing "PRECIOUS MEMORIES".

--from Sam
Certified Bikernet Curator
Bandit’s Cantina

Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.
Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.

All proceeds will go to United Way Worldwide's COVID-19 Community Response & Recovery Fund

Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Bonhams will host an exclusive motorcycle auction with proceeds, excluding taxes and fees, to be donated to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.

Up for auction is a one-of-one LiveWire motorcycle customized by Harley-Davidson for this moment and accompanied by an exclusive delivery experience. The auction will be held digitally from Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 - Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 by Bonhams to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

“We are all affected by the current situation, and the impact it has on the most at risk portions of society,” said Jon Bekefy, general manager of brand marketing at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “As a longtime partner of the United Way, and inspired by their continued resilience in this crisis, Harley-Davidson is honored to have a part to play in the relief effort and to inspire our community about the open road ahead.”

In addition to the custom LiveWire motorcycle, the winning bidder and one guest will take part in an exclusive delivery experience and “behind-the-scenes” Harley-Davidson tour. This private, hosted experience will include an archival tour of the Harley-Davidson Museum. It is an unparalleled look at the heritage and future of Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

The LiveWire model up for auction is an exclusive version of Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle. The custom LiveWire motorcycle features a one-off paint scheme and unique graphics package created by the Harley-Davidson styling and design team for this opportunity. This model also features a full array of carbon fiber Genuine Parts and Accessories including carbon fiber Speed Screen Blade, Tail Section Cowl, and Tank Trim, and the motorcycle will be signed by members of the Davidson family.

“The Harley-Davidson design team created the custom paint and graphics on this motorcycle to accentuate the natural forms of the LiveWire,” said Bekefy. “It’s a very unique and stunning motorcycle that is truly one of a kind.”

To mark the historical significance of the motorcycle, the LiveWire model being auctioned is number #500 of the 500 “First Strike” edition LiveWire electric motorcycles. The First Strike edition LiveWire models are specially numbered versions created to celebrate the first 500 units produced by Harley-Davidson

This auction is available for participants from the United States.

“When entire communities come together to support people in times of need, organizations like United Way are able to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “The funds raised by auctioning this customized motorcycle will allow us to better provide needed services for individuals and families recovering from COVID-19 and support our efforts to bring communities back stronger than before. Thank you Harley-Davidson, Bonhams, and everyone involved in supporting this special event.”

The auction will go live online here and opens for bids on Tuesday, May 12th at 10:00am EST, closing at Tuesday, May 26th at 4:00pm EST. All proceeds, excluding taxes and fees, will be donated to United Way Worldwide's COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. Potential bidders can find more info about the bike and prize package at

Learn more about the LiveWire motorcycle at


“Imagine you were born in 1900. On your 14th birthday, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war.

Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.

On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.

When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet. And don’t try to catch your breath. On your 41st birthday, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war.

At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish.

At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesn’t end for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict.

On your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, should have ended. Great leaders prevented that from happening.

When you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends. Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How do you survive all of that?

When you were a kid in 1985 and didn’t think your 85-year-old grandparent understood how hard school was. And how mean that kid in your class was. Yet they survived through everything listed above.

Perspective is an amazing art, refined as time goes on, and enlightening like you wouldn’t believe. Let’s try and keep things in perspective."

--Author unknown

--from Sam
History Professor
Bikernet University


Our sales department currently has their foot on the gas and we’re not slowing down! We are utilizing our online services, virtual showroom and our Search|Sign|Deliver program and we think you should too! Visit our website today to find your next adventure! Following Governor Wolf’s orders—we are still not offering test rides on any bikes/off-road vehicles at this time. We are more than happy to send you walk around videos, photos, or FaceTime you if requested. We’re all in this together—why not enjoy it on a new motorcycle?!

Our service and parts departments are available, with a few limitations/restrictions. Please call before dropping off/picking up a vehicle from service. If picking up parts, you must also call ahead to let us know you have arrived, as we will be following a strict pick-up/drop-off procedure internally.

Since vehicle repair is an allowed function under the Pennsylvania Decree, we have our techs available full-time. They will continue following all appropriate and necessary social distancing procedures while maintaining a sanitized working environment.

Call us at 610-369-3120 or email us at for any service requests or questions.

PA 19512 (610) 369-3120

What's more dangerous than the Coronavirus pandemic? Misinformation.

You know if you die from the coronavirus, even your death will be "Made In China".

Why are people hoarding toilet paper? Because when one person coughs or sneezes, everyone else shits themselves.

What song do they sing at the end of Lego Movie 3: Coronavirus?

Everything is cancelled........and now we're all stuck in quarantine. What's the difference between a Chinese zoo and an American zoo?

A Chinese zoo has a description of the animal on the front of the cage, along with a recipe.


1957 Harley-Davidson KRTT Road Racer

The “K Model”, an “import fighter” was hot on the on the streets in 1952. Starting in 1953 its factory racing version, the KR750, was a strong and consistent contender on the dirt tracks of America. Race boss Dick O’Brien and his team also road raced the KR in its TT (road racing) trim.

In 1952 Harley-Davidson brought out the K model to compete with the middle weight British machines from Triumph, BSA, Matchless and Norton as well as Indian’s famed Scout.

The K came with rear suspension, the FL Big Twins remaining rigid until 1958. Unique among Harleys at that time, the K model even shifted on the right, like a British bike. And the K model was designed as a unit construction machine, Harley’s first V-Twin designed that way.

The Harley-Davidson factory also made available road racing components for the KR750. Besides engine internals, brakes, six gallon fuel tanks, big oil tanks and full fairings were available as catalogued factory racing parts.

Note that this machine has an Italian twin leading shoe front brake, Fontana or Ceriani. Its rear brake is based on a factory racing bulletin that outlined converting a factory front brake to serve as a rear.

While the factory KR750 dirt track racer was a rigid like the old WR, the KRTT was designed for road racing and used a swing-arm and twin shock rear suspension; a bolt on subframe allowed riders to switch back and forth for any type of track competition. Strong and lightweight, chrome moly tubing was used with traditional cast iron frame lugs.

This #50 bike was originally owned by the late Phil Peterson, a Miami, Florida Harley-Davidson dealer. Next Tony Murguia rode the bike for Smitty’s Harley-Davidson of Moundsville, West Virginia with Bobby Hill as tuner. The bike and rider placed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1963, also won third at Daytona Beach in 1964.

Of 15 Daytona Beach National Championship races from 1955 to 1969 riders on KRs took first place in 12 of them. Dave Estep, Columbus, Ohio, a fine racer himself, restored this KRTT. It’s part of the Jill and John Parham Collection and one of numerous Harley racers from board trackers to dirt trackers you can see on your next visit to the National Motorcycle Museum.


Engine: 45 Degree Flathead V-Twin
Type: Air-Cooled, Unit Construction
Bore & Stroke: 2.75? x 3.18?
Displacement: 45 Cubic Inches, 750cc’s
Primary: Chain Driven
Horsepower: 42 – 45HP
Transmission: Four-Speed
Frame: Brazed Iron Lug, Chrome Moly Tubing
Suspension: Telescopic Fork / Swing Arm w/ Twin Shocks
Brakes: Drum Brakes Front and Rear
Wheels/Tires: 3.50 x 19 and 4.00 x 18 or 19
Wheelbase: 54 Inches
Weight: 350 Pounds
Click to check out the museum web site.
Click to check out the museum web site.


CONNECTICUT SHOOTS FOR HELMET FREEDOM AGAIN—State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require helmets for all bikers under the age of 21.

Is Freedom to choose important or what?

--from the AMA

GROWING THE DIMEBAG PRODUCT LINE-UP-- Still in the early stages of promotional art. Completed more steel templates to keep it all handmade.

All the Best,
Dimebag Leathers

ZIEN MILITARY MEMORIAL EFFORT--To the Town of Wheaton Representatives

My name is John Reiter, Town of Anson, Chippewa County.
I am submitting this letter of support to Senator Dave Zien.

Dave has been building a monument out of rocks to honor the Veterans of the Vietnam War.
In recent years, this tribute has been modified to include veterans of all wars and peacetime.

Dave also seeks to honor not just Veterans but also civilians. Dave understands that in every war, every person was involved on the homefront.

Troops deployed overseas count on the supply chain back home and also the support they receive and have received in the history of every conflict abroad that included Americas military.

Dave's memorial is built of rocks.
How appropriate to use rocks and stones, small and large, diverse in color and content.

What a wonderful metaphor to represent the many individuals of age, race, background etc. Rocks are as diverse as snowflakes as are human beings.
Rocks have long been used not just for monuments but also for foundations for buildings and lasting structures.

The 10 Commandments were etched in rock. David killed Goliath with a stone. Fifty pavers are marked in Solomons Temple representing Pennecost.
The Eygptians built their amazing Great Pyramids out of rock. The Incas and Aztecs did also.

Native Americans used rocks to build tributes. Early American Settlers set stones for foundations.
Rocks are a fundamental base for society and have been in every culture and nation.

I implore you to offer support and acceptance of Dave's existing rock pile. I request that you allow continued building and further development of this Monument.

Please consider the huge impression this Tribute may have.
President Trump has been invited to the dedication this summer. Other prominent officials also.

I respectfully request your careful consideration in this most important endeavor.

Respectfully submitted
John Reiter
Town of Anson

"Practice random acts of kindness every day and see how you feel."
--Dustin Hoffman

5-BALL LEATHERS NOTE OF THE WEEK—Sales are up and we are offering two Bikernet Corona Bandanas with every order from the 5-Ball shop for the entire week, today until next Thursday. You can’t go wrong with these puppies.


Yo always receive bling and a signed K. Randall Book with your 5-Ball Leather order.
Yo always receive bling and a signed K. Randall Book with your 5-Ball Leather order.

[ kleek ]
verb (used with object)

to grasp or seize (something) suddenly and eagerly; snatch.

The Scots verb cleek (past tense claucht or claught) “to grasp or seize” comes from Middle English (Northern and Scots) cleke, cleken, a more conservative form than Southern English clechen “to grab, capture.” Both cleke, cleken and clechen come from Old English clyccan “to bend one’s fingers, clench,” the source of Modern English clutch.

The Scots noun cleek means “(large) hook (as for hanging a pot over a fire)”; a second sense, from the shape of a cleek, is “arm” (the body part); a third sense, from the second one, “a golf club with an iron head, a narrow face, and little slope, used for shots from a poor lie on the fairway.” The verb cleek entered English in the late 14th century, the noun in the early 15th.


Aw’ve sin the’ time when thi’d’n ha’bin cleeked up like lumps o’ gowd.


Archie was just about to cleek him, when he made one terrible rush up water, taking out nearly all my line.


(937) 879-4645

Pat Patterson has risen to the top of the customer motorcycle world with his skills and eye for design. Pat thrives in the Sportster market with his custom bikes, complete product line and unique approach to style. Pat and Led Sled Customs have separated themselves and continue to plow a path for the new generation of bike builders.

Led Sled Customs has been featured in nearly every major motorcycle publication in the world with their custom builds. Pat has also led the way in the custom Sportster components and modifications. For the last decade, Pat has focused his attention on the overlooked Sportster market, chopped it up, rebuilt it, and stamped his style all over it.

It actually all started while Pat was running a trucking business. Having a few drivers and still driving himself, time on the road kept him dreaming. What began as a hobby trying to fab up his own 1993 Sportster, ended up as a side business out of his 100 sq ft garage. Led Sled Customs had its own business card in 2002. After a few paint jobs and the first frame modification, in 2003 Pat Patterson ended his trucking business and opened the doors at an old five-n-dime store with a huge future ahead of him.

Going from mostly paint jobs to an entire line of custom Sportster parts and builds, Led Sled has skyrocketed to truly becoming the Sportster Authority. There was such a need to make this really cool, fast Sportster model into something people, at first glance, have no idea is a Sportster! Working in space that doesn't really seem like more than 100 sq ft... Led Sled has produced hundreds of custom bikes and shipped parts not only to all 50 states, but over 80 countries worldwide.

Two decades later and Pat is not stopping. With solid production capabilities and growing product line, Led Sled Customs is aggressively making the push into the Dealer and Wholesale markets with the primary goals of supplying the highest quality USA made aftermarket Sportster components at the best pricing in the industry.

Dayton, OH
(937) 879-4645

Michael in his Colorado studio.
Michael in his Colorado studio.

Mike has many world class builders featured on his site with their bikes. If you have a favorite, Mike can make you a world class print. --Bandit

CALIFORNIA HARLEY-DAVIDSON EXTENDS HOURS--We're excited to announce that our Service & Parts Departments have extended their hours and are now open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm!

As events continue to develop and new ordinances are put into place, to protect the safety of our customers and staff, our Showroom and MotorClothes Departments are still temporarily closed to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Don't worry. You can still buy a bike! Our Sales & Finance Department are open by appointment only for the time being. Please call (310) 539-3366 to schedule your appointment.

NEWS FROM THE TWISTED ROAD--10-day California Motorcycle

Trip Itinerary
Every year, I take a 10-day motorcycle trip somewhere in the US. I rent a motorcycle from Twisted Road, chart my path, and then go. In 2019, it was…

Our company is connecting the motorcycle community: two wheels at a time.

Through our network of verified riders and thousands of motorcycles, we bring trust and safety to motorcycle rentals. What makes our company different? All bikes are privately owned - we are doing for motorcycles what Airbnb did for homes.

So whether you want to test ride a bike before you buy, try something new (and cheat on that bike of yours in the garage), or you no longer own a motorcycle and you need some wind therapy, our growing community has what you need.

--Austin Rothbard
Founder and CEO
Twisted Road
Make sure, if you reach out to Austin, to tell him you saw this on Bikernet. Thanks, Bandit 

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I agree with you in that life is what you make it, cannot get dragged down by the info force fed to us. I love the biker lifestyle, what it represents, and what it could be. I've never studied Buddha, but have heard your teachings about it from time to time and gotta agree the similarities between his teachings, Allah, Jesus, the Koran...most agree they have some common teaching. Stay positive, as I tell people who ask about following Jesus as I do, I'm not perfect and never will be.

One thing I've always taken from the site is you are a true ambassador of the lifestyle, a freedom lover who stops at nothing to push the American dream, a true biker in every sense of the word. I look forward to your adventures every week. DOn't let the crap get you down, my friend. The best is yet to come.

Humble, TX
Friday, May 15, 2020
Editor Response Thank you sir. Remember: Everything will be all right in the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end...
Just read the ending to the Thursday news. Reminded me of me I did a lot of shit, when I was young that I am not proud of. It all came with a hidden cost. Never had a problem with alcohol or drugs, but I had had BIG problem with women That was my addiction.

The one constant in my life is Harley-Davidson motorcycles The women who have come and gone never understood this Finally I found my wife Vicki and she has never questioned my love for bikes When I had my shop I learned about helping people, don't expect anything in return. I have my memories, a lot of memories and if you asked if I could go back would I do it all over again Yeah I would!

charlotte, NC
Friday, May 15, 2020
Editor Response Terrific! Thanks for taking the time to write.

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