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By Bandit, Bob T. Rogue, Wayfarer, Barry Green, Laura, Sam Burns, the Redhead, RFR, El Waggs, Joe and the rest of the crew

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The weather is rapidly changing. The election is almost over and I hope everyone voted. Next week will be damn exciting. I have confidence in America and as you know, in freedom.

Here’s the really good, positive news from the Bikernet Headquarters in Wilmington, California. We may have a plan for moving some unwanted staff members to Deadwood and keeping the Wilmington fort. That’s not the news.

Micah McCloskey came from the valley to the coast on Sunday, when the traffic is nil around the Port. With the help of Zack and Gearhead, we lifted the Salt Torpedo off the lift and set it on the deck. Micah guided it into the backyard and fired it to life. The JIMS engine sounds magnificent with the exhaust system build partially by Bub and partially by me and San Pedro muffler. It was recently repaired after we rolled the torpedo during a test run.

Zack jumped on his Sportster, which we recently rewired and repaired and prepared to pace the Torpedo on it’s first handling test. Mike Stevenson and I recently did our damnest to align the Torpedo after the new front axle was installed, and the wheels repaired. Paughco also built us a new gas tank.

I installed the bottom of the belly tank last week in hopes that our test would be successful and we could prepare for a speed run, maybe in the desert. Micah assured me that he would take it easy on his first pass down Harry Bridges, the largest thoroughfare leading in and out of the Port of LA.

It sprinkled in the morning, the first rain of the season, so the worn asphalt was slick. Micah followed the code and took it slow for the first couple of blocks. With Zack pacing him he slipped along the wide boulevard and then turned right for the return pass. I stood in the street to watch the Torpedo heading back towards the shop. It seemed to be tracking straight.

Micah was positive but wanted to let the street dry, so he could make one more pass and hit some speed over 50 mph. We waited and shot the shit in the shop. The sun threatened over the harbor and dried the cracking asphalt.

More confident, Micah slipped under the canopy with his race helmet on and fired the JIMS 135 Twin Cam to life. He popped over the gate railing, into the street with Zack beside him and blasted down the street. He was back in a flash and again seemed to track perfectly. He blasted into the shop with his gloved thumb held high.

Sometime today, I’m going to make a call about a speed run in the desert. Let’s hit the news.

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October 29, 1929

Stock market crashes on Black Tuesday
Black Tuesday hits Wall Street as investors trade 16,410,030 shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a single day. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors, and stock tickers ran hours behind because the machinery could not handle the tremendous volume of trading. In the aftermath of Black Tuesday America and the rest of the industrialized world spiraled downward into the Great Depression.

During the 1920s, the U.S. stock market underwent rapid expansion, reaching its peak in August 1929, a period of wild speculation. By then, production had already declined and unemployment had risen, leaving stocks in great excess of their real value. Among the other causes of the eventual market collapse were low wages, the proliferation of debt, a weak agriculture, and an excess of large bank loans that could not be liquidated.


A BROTHER RECEIVES HIS BANDIT MADE BELT BUCKLE--Incredible Righteous Distinctive and Massively Cool Piece of Art! Comfortable and beautiful on my favorite leather stiched belt! Blew my mind to see it arrive so fast!

My mind however was even more blown when we first chatted. You sir are a Living Legend! Your Enormous contribution to our life style is Massive Greatly Appreciated and Forever!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the extra stuff. I’m gonna start on the book tonight, and look forward to joining your Cantina. If I can ever help you in anyway please let me know.

Your grateful brother

Chance of a lifetime. Click and join.
Chance of a lifetime. Click and join.

I read the story on Paris McGowan it very uplifting to see another woman in the field but the story is Incorrect she is not the first female black technician at Harley-Davidson she is actually the third.

To explain why I said she is third with the history behind my statement along with the details of the 2 women before her. I am not discrediting her accomplishment but the lack of research to claim she is the first is a total discredit to the two ladies before her.

The first black Lady is named Alisha Healy she is a Master Technician of the Rubber City Harley-Division in Ohio she has been in the position as Master Tech for 9 years and was featured in the magazine Harley's University Shop Talk Magazine article Women on the Rise 2018. She talks about her struggle and determination to be in a field dominated by men and an inspiration to other women in general.

The second black lady who is not only Black but Hispanic is Selena Terrazas she is 25 years old she graduated from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix AZ in November of 2017 specializing in Harleys Davidson motorcycles. Her first position was with Top Rocker Harley-Davidson in Canoga Park Ca for a 1 and 1/2 year she now has moved to Harley- Davidson of Santa Clarita and has been there 1 year with advancement training to be completed at MMI again to become an Advanced Technician her current career time is 2 1/2 years. She is known around the dealers in California and Harleys Master Techs as the first women they have worked with in California under Harley in the past 30 years.

Please understand that an article that showcases women of color should be correct since there are other women in the field that may not be known to the author but substantial researched should be done to give credit to all women.

In conclusion, I am the mother of Selena Terrazas and I am extremely proud she is in her career and has encouraged her to be independent and strong in the world where men dominate a field. As I am the only Black female in my company who is a Property Inspector in a male-dominated field of working with Commerical, Residential, New Construction housing for investors in the Southern California Region and out of state properties.

As a woman of color, I pride myself and my children to excel and take on positions that challenged the mind. I commend the article showcasing Paris Mcgowan but not the statement she is the first, that should go to Alisha Healy then followed by my daughter Selena Terrazas and Paris McGowan who have broken barriers in Harley as black female technicians.


--Dana Marzette- Hernandez


Inaugural Bagger Road Race Sees Indian Challengers Claim Two of Three Podium Spots as Road Racer Tyler O’Hara Takes the Victory on the S&S Cycle Indian Challenger & Frankie Garcia Takes Third Place on the Roland Sands Design Indian Challenger

MINNEAPOLIS (October 27, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, added to its racing legacy with a historic win at the inaugural Drag Specialties King of the Baggers invitational at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Facing a field of 11 Harley-Davidsons, the S&S Cycle Indian Challenger, piloted by highly decorated motorcycle racing Champion Tyler O’Hara, captured the win, while veteran rider Frankie Garcia put his Roland Sands Design Indian Challenger on the box with a third-place finish. Claiming two out of three podium positions, the Indian Challenger dramatically showcased its superiority on one of road-racing’s most iconic and technical tracks.

The historic race played out in truly dramatic fashion. Barely, 24-hours after an accident where he “looped” his 600-lb. machine during qualifying, Frankie Garcia rebounded taking the holeshot.

But it was O’Hara who immediately established a commanding lead through the first three laps. With five laps remaining, an off-track mishap sent O’Hara back to third and Garcia to second, allowing veteran rider Hayden Gillim to take the lead. From there, O’Hara began a patient, methodical comeback, working his way past Garcia and dramatically passing Gillim while diving into the famed “corkscrew” during the penultimate lap. O’Hara held strong for the final lap winning the inaugural race by 1.9 seconds and earning the title “King of the Baggers.”

“It’s an incredible honor for us to race on this historic track at this historic event, against a field of incredibly talented teams and riders, and we’re absolutely thrilled to come away victorious,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Tyler, Frankie and the S&S Cycle and RSD teams did an incredible job and ultimately, they were able to show the world just how special the Indian Challenger is. We couldn’t be more proud of them or our bike.”

Race fans witnessed history, as the inaugural King of the Baggers reached social media viewers in record numbers – recording over two million views and more than 30,000 Facebook shares.

“Watching 13 baggers carving through Laguna Seca’s famed “Corkscrew” was a special moment in motorcycle racing,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President for Indian Motorcycle. “That said, watching the new Indian Challenger defeat 11 highly-modified Harley Davidsons was a monumental achievement and dramatic validation for the work our product designers and engineers have put into developing the Indian Challenger.”

The inaugural King of the Baggers race could not have been more appropriately timed for the Indian Challenger. In a year that saw Indian Motorcycle introduce the new bagger with the Challenger Challenge – a dealer test-ride program that invited riders to compare the Indian Challenger head-to-head against the Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special – the inaugural race created a dramatic extension of the marketing program in a full-fledged competitive racing format.

The victory at “King of the Baggers” also came on the heels of Indian Motorcycle Racing earning its fourth consecutive Grand National Championship and Manufacturer’s Championship in the American Flat Track racing series.


Biker Calls for Community Support to Win Custom Bike Build on Popular TV Show

Local biker makes an appeal for votes to bring attention to his cause.

Orange County Choppers is giving away an opportunity to build a custom chopper to the fan with the most votes. The show's main character and owner of Orange County Choppers Paul Teutul Sr. wants to give one lucky bike enthusiast the opportunity of a lifetime.

World of Soul Motorcycle Community’s founder Terry Hardy wants you to vote for him.

The winner will receive a custom dream bike built entirely from scratch. This year’s winner will also join Paul Teutul Sr. and the Orange County Choppers crew on an upcoming episode and receive their very own feature on the cover of Cycle Source Magazine!

Terry is a community advocate who is involved in encouraging bikers to surface on the issue of education, primarily exposing students to Historically Black Colleges and Universities through a college tour experience.

“Fifteen years ago, I found my passion in motorcycling and using it as a platform to help students get to and through college.

My most recent motorcycle’s engine failed me. I have struggled to get back behind the throttle under the circumstances; an over $45,000 expense. A new motorcycle is necessary to reach riders where they are locally, regionally and nationally to garner attention and support.

I want the exposure of a custom-build featured on the Orange County Choppers show.

To have a bike built by a national icon such as Paul Teutul Sr. and be featured on the cover of a magazine would be good, not only for me, but for Chicago also as we move forward a major campaign to support students with their pursuit of a post-secondary education.

I would take the motorcycle to major rallies and at as many motorcycle industry trade shows our budget would allow. I would take it to various high schools and college campuses as part of our promotion to support the motorcycle community’s role in education.”

Vote for Terry Hardy at today and every day until voting for the top 15 candidates ends Thursday the 5th of November at 11PM EST.

For more information regarding how you can support the organization’s work go to or call Terry Hardy directly at 773-220-2602.

Terry Hardy
World of Soul, Inc., a for profit corporation
World of Soul Motorcycle Community, Inc.
Ride for CHANGE Ride for HOPE Foundation
2150 S. Canalport Ave. Suite #2A-11
Chicago, Illinois 60608

NEW FROM TWIN POWER-- M-8 Electrical Components

Distributed exclusively by Tucker Powersports, Twin Power has introduced new high-quality M-8 electrical components that meet or exceed OEM specifications.


The new high-quality 1.4 kW starters are genuine, 100% new replacements, not remanufactured or refurbished items, and are backed by a limited manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. Available for 2017-2020 FLH/FLT and for selected (most) 2018-2020 Softails.


Offered in both molded and unmolded variations, these premium grade 48A replacement stators are wound with high-temperature 100% copper wire and feature heavy-duty, oil resistant leads with O.E.M. style connectors. The kits include mounting hardware, are produced by an ISO certified factory and backed by a one-year manufacturer's warranty. Available for most M-8 Touring and Softail models.

Electronic Regulators

"High quality 50A electronic regulators at an affordable price," says Brand Manager James Simonelli. Backed by a one-year manufacturer's warranty, they are available for 2017-2020 FLH and FLT.

Starter Clutch

Often hard to source, "especially for late-model applications," says Simonelli. This Twin Power starter clutch is a 100 percent stock replacement for all M-8 models from 2017-2020.

Ignition Coils

"Twin Power coils are a high-quality direct fit with at least 20% more voltage than stock," says Simonelli. "These high-quality, molded epoxy coils in a late O.E.M. style molded case are for 12 volt (0.4 ohm) H-D ignition systems and really do increase peak spark voltage by 20% or more - I've seen the test results! They improve starting, stops, high-speed misfires, mileage and overall performance." Available in black and chrome for M-8 Touring and Softail applications, they come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Starter Solenoids

Available for all M-8 applications and another component that is "not yet as readily available as it's going to need to be," according to Simonelli, "it is another robust, durable 100 percent stock replacement from Twin Power."


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JUST IN FROM THE FACTORY--Harley-Davidson officially spins off new electric bicycle company with stunning first model

This is it. Harley-Davidson has been teasing us with the prospect of their own in-house electric bicycles for over two years. And today the bar-and-shield motorcycle manufacturer has finally announced its new dedicated electric bicycle brand known as Serial 1 Cycle Company.

The brand’s name is an homage to the very first motorcycle ever built by Harley-Davidson in 1903, named “Serial Number One.”

Back then, motorcycles were essentially just bicycles with a small engine placed in front of the pedals.

And so it is fitting that the company’s first electric bicycle is a nod to that very first H-D motorcycle. Check out both in the video below to see how well they nailed the tribute.

As Serial 1 Cycle Company’s brand director Aaron Frank explained in a statement provided to Electrek:

When Harley-Davidson first put power to two wheels in 1903, it changed how the world moved, forever. Inspired by the entrepreneurial vision of Harley-Davidson’s founders, we hope to once again change how cyclists and the cycling-curious move around their world with a Serial 1 eBicycle.

The new e-bike brand from H-D actually began life as a skunkworks project in Harley-Davidson’s Product Development Center.

As the company explained, they began with “a small group of passionate motorcycle and bicycle enthusiasts working with a single focus to design and develop an eBicycle worthy of the Harley-Davidson name.”

Ultimately, they decided along with H-D to spin off the brand into a dedicated electric bicycle company that could focus purely on delivering a premium e-bike product and experience.

In addition to Aaron Frank, other major players from H-D’s in-house e-bike program that made the jump to Serial 1 Cycle Company include Jason Huntsman, president; Ben Lund, vice president; and Hannah Altenburg, lead brand marketing specialist.

--Micah Toll, Electrek

Harley-Davidson Inc. stock rises Tuesday, outperforms market

Shares of Harley-Davidson Inc. HOG, +22.06% soared 22.07% to $35.40 Tuesday, on what proved to be an all-around dismal trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX, -0.30% falling 0.30% to 3,390.68 and Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.80% falling 0.80% to 27,463.19. Harley-Davidson Inc. closed $5.46 below its 52-week high ($40.86), which the company achieved on October 29th.

The stock outperformed some of its competitors Tuesday, as Bayerische Motoren Werke AG ADR BMWYY, -3.14% fell 3.14% to $24.06, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. ADR HMC, -1.39% fell 1.39% to $24.12, and Polaris Inc. PII, +0.53% rose 0.54% to $92.04. Trading volume (41.5 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 3.1 M.

Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights using data from Dow Jones and FactSet. See our market data terms of use.


SCARY SHIT FROM LOWBROW-- When it comes to motorcycles, there is a lot of tacky stuff out there.

We wanted to create some motorcycle-related Halloween photos that weren't hokey and share them with you all.

Several of us donned some classic movie monster costumes and enjoyed some time in a local graveyard...
Werewolf on a Triumph motorcycle
Frankenstein (Tyler), Bride of Frankenstein (Amanda) with a 1975 Harley Shovelhead chopper and and a Werewolf (Todd) with a Triumph bobber.
We hope you enjoy them!

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QUICK, New Bikernet Reader Comment!--Sam's Picks for the Week, October 27, 2020

Great story, I love these. Here in Charlotte I had a great friend He passed away about 4 years ago. I met him when I came to Charlotte. I worked part time at a small shop here. He would come in and sit for hours telling stories of the outlaw life here I miss him We were in a club together. By the way great looking bikes!

--Mike Pullin

THE POLISHED NUTS KNUCKLE HAMMER-- Jason Momoa's Hands-On Collab With Nash

This newest version of the Jason Momoa x Nash Motorcycle Co Knuckle Hammer is truly unique. We've taken the original design and finish to a new level by hand polishing the iconic Knucklehead nuts just like they would have been on a 1930's-40's Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. This piece really stands out and makes for a great addition to your tool chest or something to hang on the wall for Harley enthusiasts to gawk at for years to come.

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The Woman Marine Pilot

The teacher gave her 5 th grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it.
The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories.
There were all the regular types of stuff... spilled milk, pennies saved, etc.
But then the teacher realized, much to her dismay, that only Janie was left.
Janie, she asked, "Do you have a story to share?”

'Yes, ma'am. My daddy told me a story about my Mommy. She was a Marine pilot in Desert Storm, & her plane got hit.

She had to bail out over enemy territory, & all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol & a survival knife.

She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn't break, & then her parachute landed her right in the middle of 20 Iraqi troops.

She shot 15 of them with the pistol, until she ran out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, till the blade broke & then she killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands'.

'Good Heavens,' said the horrified teacher. 'What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?

'He said to stay away from Mommy when she's been drinking.'

--El Waggs
Officially Certified Librarian
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NEW OLD FROM THE NATIONA MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM--1974 Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail. By 1973 two-stroke powered motorcycles dominated off-road competition of all types. Yet in 1972, Triumph Corporation, USA decided to field an ISDE team of three riders on their 500cc twin, the TR5 Trophy Trail. This was late in the life of the traditional British motorcycle. Frames were iron lugged with steel tubing, suspension travel minimum and true weight near 400 pounds. Yet a group of riders skilled at handling these big machines did well in international competition.

The International Six Days Enduro is a traditional event held annually at various points on the globe since 1913. With no cooperation from the Triumph factory, project manager Bob Tryon and six techs in their southern California shop, reworked six freshly uncrated stock machines. With a combination of after-market and custom fabricated parts they built one bike, thoroughly tested and perfected it, went about completing six total and headed for Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the site of the 1973 ISDE. Dave Mungenast, John Greenrose and Ken Harvey each finished this grueling enduro with silver medals, a great accomplishment made greater when considering the dated technical status of their machines.

According to the Triumph Factory Records only a total of 921 TR5T’s were made in 1974 with 759 of them shipped to the United States. The TR5T was touted as an ‘off road’ bike, and the majority (634) were shipped to the East coast Distributor Triumph Corporation in Baltimore. The other 125 were shipped to the West coast Distributor, Johnson Motors. Perhaps that split was because the bike made a great name for itself in the East due to its performance in the 1973 ISDT held that year in Massachusetts, or the West coast riders were riding Bultacos, Huskys, Maicos, Pentons, even Hondas by then.

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Read the whole story in the NMA web site.--Bandit

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