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Motorcycles are Freedom Personified Forever

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Rogue, Bob T., Barry Green, Laura, the Redhead, Sam, Joe, Markus, and the rest of the gang

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This is a strange and wonderful week. Shit is happening fast. Shit is changing fast, and shit will go to hell quick if we all don’t get involved.

I didn’t intend this to be doom and gloom, but it just spilled out as I wrote. It’s time we all joined a motorcycle rights group or three and got our boots wet.

Here’s my code of the West: We live in the best of times. Our government needs to focus on the people, our freedoms and happiness not on trying to control everything or make everything safe as in Zero. It’s all about control and it won’t work, so let’s be happy and as free as possible.

There are more opportunities for happy than ever before, more events, more races, more run, more shows, you name it. There are more resources for building anything you want to ride. But we need to step up and support Freedom. And make sure to register to vote. It’s in the Code of the West… Let’s hit the news.

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

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 the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently the Smoke Out and Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

Click for all the info...
Click for all the info...

HANG ON!--The 16th Annual David Mann Chopperfest will be held Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA from 8am - 4pm.

In addition to the motorcycle show, we'll have a custom bike builder display featuring world class bike builders, the "David Mann & Friends" Motorcycle Art and Culture Exhibit, hundreds of motorcycle vendors, a new and used motorcycle parts swap meet, food, 805 Firestone beer and live music.

Plus there is a $2500 cash prize for Best of Show bike and $500 for best Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead, Antique and David Mann Memorial thanks to the generous support of Ross Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

The "If you build it they will come" All Brand Motorcycle Show will feature 22 classes of motorcycles from antique & old school to radical design. Check out the Chopper Fest website Bike Show link below for more details on all the classes and entering your motorcycle. If you have a bike that fits one of these classes please enter it, it's only $40 and you get 1 admission and a David Mann Chopper Fest t-shirt. The trophy's are amazing one of a kind pieces of art by Sonny Boy.

General Admission is $15, Military with ID $10, kids 12 & under Free

Congratulations to Eric Bennett for winning Best in Show and $2,500 at the 15th Annual Chopper Fest!
Congratulations to Eric Bennett for winning Best in Show and $2,500 at the 15th Annual Chopper Fest!

Bike Show Registration Form:
Register your bike online or download the bike show registration form. You can mail it in or send to, 818.681.9719

Vendor and Swapmeet registration is now open. Vendor/Swapmeet forms can be downloaded by clicking the link below or at or you can call or email Sean to reserve your space. 818.681.9719, Sean, in addition to putting together one amazing Chopperfest art show, will be working with Tory on the vendors this year.

Click here for the vendor application form

**Attention returning vendors** - if you would like to reserve your same spot or move closer please submit application and payment by October 14th. After that date your space will be open to vendors on the waiting list wishing to move closer to the front of venue. Thank you.

See you there!

EASYRIDERS IS DEAD—I’M IN MOURNING--It's official. I received a subscription refund (sort of) from Paisano Publications the parent of Easyriders magazine. What I received was a gift certificate to be used for Easyriders over priced ($40 t-shirt) merchandise plus $6 for shipping.

I've been a subscriber since late ‘70s. Editors Frank Kaisler, Keith Ball and Dave Nichols all great guys that lead a great team. Miraculous Mutha, great jokes and fiction where the biker always wins. Naked girls!! And the best bike builders in the country! I'll never see those again. Not just Easyriders magazine, the motorcycle shows, the Rodeos, Boys and Girls support, VQ, In the Wind, Tattoo and other Paisano magazines.

I have an Easyriders watch! I even have a VQ money clip that even Dave Nichols doesn't have!

I've had a bike on the cover of Easyriders and another featured in one of their other mags. And countless articles and ads when I was at CCI.

Where will I see bikes built by Dave Perewitz, Donnie Smith or Finch from the east and mid-west? I used to just stare at the creativity of Arlen Ness whom I would befriend later in life no less!

As I toil away on my sidecar, I'm asking myself "what's the point?" It won't be featured in Easyriders and photographed by the best motorcycle photographer ever (Michael Lichter). Sure, it'll probably get photo'd by someone using an iPhone and end up in an on-line magazine. OOOHHH look guys at this screen of pictures of my many years of hard work!! Well hell, I could just send you pictures now and stop working.

Can you imagine the day when we are huddled around a glowing screen looking at a bike feature? It's here! I'll have nothing for my archives or my wall of a great picture of my hard work and imagination to look at while I work on another.

For years as a young man (in college no less) I read Easyriders and couldn't wait for the next issue. I imagined someday of getting rid of my leaky triumph chopper and building a full custom that would get featured in Easyriders. Gazing at the features of Sturgis or Daytona, dreaming of the day I would attend. The magazine definitely fueled my imagination, my spirit of adventure and my drive to...well, get where I've got.

I didn't have to wait for a computer to spool up. I could pull out an old copy and show you a small piece of some great work a bike builder had done and file that idea away for a future build. And most of all the editorial content that said we may be bikers but we don't take anything seriously and especially ourselves.

I couldn't stand looking at some of the copycat magazines that took themselves so serious with their tough guy attitude and parts-built feature bikes. While at CCI I refused to advertise in any of those magazines, because I was an Easyriders fan 10 years before joining CCI!

I'm sure Joe Teresi (owner of Paisano) has his reasons, and I'm not faulting him for his decision to sell to a group whom have let me know that Easyriders will be available on newsstands only, quarterly, and as a lifestyle magazine or a catalog. My hat's off to all of the Easyriders staff for the years of entertainment that have provided this motorcycle enthusiast for over 40 years.

Easyriders and Paisano have been intertwined in my entire motorcycle life from the beginning all the way to my latest project where the ultimate goal was a feature in this preeminent publication. Now what?

I'm in mourning.........
Ride Hard,

PS. I'm headed to Sturgis in 2020. If things go right - I'll have to trailer my sidecar. Trailer...HA first time...and hopefully the last.

Miami officer suspended after video with models in lingerie--
MIAMI BEACH – Officials said a Florida police officer has been suspended after a video of him in uniform pretending to arrest three scantily clad models went viral.

The Miami Herald reported that Miami Beach police Officer William Beeker was placed on administrative duty Monday and suspended Tuesday.

Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales released a statement saying that it was disgusting that a representative of the Miami Beach Police Department would choose to participate in the distasteful video.

The video posted Monday of the models’ Instagram accounts received more than 2 million total views.

The video shows Beeker accompanying the handcuffed women toward the police headquarters. A second video shows the women thanking Beeker for letting them go as he sits on an ATV.

A message seeking comment from Beeker’s union wasn’t returned.

Senior Editor’s Note: Over the years we took a lot of photos of women and cops for Easyriders – Times have changed.


Should people be forced to be on juries?

Judge clears record of man jailed for missing jury duty

WEST PALM BEACH – A Florida man who spent 10 days in jail after he overslept and missed jury duty had his record cleared by a judge Monday.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes rescinded his contempt finding against 21-year-old Deandre Somerville, writing that Somerville has been apologetic, “totally rehabilitated” and no longer needs to be on probation, news outlets reported.

“I know he now understands and respects our system of justice and the critical role jurors play in that system,” Kastrenakes wrote. “In conclusion, I do not want even a finding of contempt to be gleaned from a perusal of his background or record.”

Somerville served his 10-day jail sentence last month. Kastrenakes had initially also sentenced him to 12 months of probation and ordered him to perform 150 hours of community service. On Friday, the judge reduced those terms to three months of probation and 30 hours of community service.

Three days later, Kastrenakes vacated the probation sentence entirely, although he maintained that Somerville had been careless to not show up for jury duty on Aug. 21.

Somerville said he overslept and didn’t call the bailiff before heading straight to his afternoon job in an afterschool program at the West Palm Beach city parks department. His absence delayed the court by 45 minutes, according to court records.
Somerville, who had no previous criminal record, read a letter of apology in Kastrenakes’ court on Friday.

“As a result of my irresponsible actions, my life has been forever changed,” he said. “Everything I’ve gone through. I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.”

Kastrenakes on Monday said he found Somerville’s apology letter to be “moving, sincere and heartfelt.”

--from Rogue

THE EVEL KNIEVEL MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN—Alicia Knievel Vincent told how her father had considered sites in Nevada, Montana and Florida, but still hadn’t decided when he passed away in 2007.

The Evel Knievel museum found a home next door to Historic Harley-Davidson in Topeka, Kansas. Credit goes to Lathan McKay, producer, actor who amassed the largest collection of Evel memorabilia. The other majority of the credit goes to the dealer/owner Mike Patterson.

The Evel Knievel Museum is located at 2047 SW Topeka Boulevard, Topeka Kansas.


FAKE NEWS: ELECTRIC BIKES—I love this one. In the Week Magazine they posted what the critics said about the 2020 Zero SR/F motorcycle. called it outrageously fun. Car and Driver boasted about hot acceleration from zero to 60 in three seconds and a purported 319 mpg and a noisy rear wheel belt drive. Motorcycle magazine said it’s the best electric motorcycle on the market for $20,000 and sharp looking.

I ran into a couple of kinks in this program. First, it looks like any other sport bike. I’d give it a 2 for appearance, and then there’s the pothole in the center of the lane. The Zero factory call for 161 miles per charge, but only for city traffic. Car and Drive pointed out, “At a constant 75 mph, we could clock only 70 miles.”

Even the skinniest chopper, not meant for long runs can reach 100 miles. What good is any vehicle incapable of going 100 miles on a single charge. –Bandit

THE STRANGE LAW OF THE WEEK—In Australia you could be fined as much as $2,700 if you don’t walk your dog daily. So, what kind of surveillance is going to monitor that?-- Bandit

--from the Week Magazine

Hey Bandit, just got a voucher from Easyriders for no more subscription. I can use it to buy, I guess left over swag. Better than nothing I guess.


Rogue: I received a brochure from Easyriders indicating that they were going to be a non-subscription/newsstand only quarterly magazine or catalog. They offered basic Easyriders hats, t shirts, hoodies and koozies at inflated prices with an order form for the product and absolutely no mention of a refund.

I started riding when I was 13 in a small rural community and with a license since I turned 16 (I'm 67 now) and have more biker wear than I can wear in a year’s time. The Easyriders T was priced at $40 and the hoodie at $70. (priced higher than H-D stuff).

I sent the following email requesting a refund. I'll let you know the outcome.

To whom it may concern. I received the brochure today indicating that the new owners have shut down the monthly subscription of Easyriders magazine in order to go to a quarterly magazine at some newsstands (That I will not be likely to be able to find in my area). The brochure indicates a balance of $104.96 and a code of 105158.

I have been getting this publication since 1970 and, as you see by the amount of subscription credit, anticipated to do so for some time into the future. The only magazine I have subscribed to for several years. I am extremely disappointed at the direction that the magazine is now taking.

I have more T shirts, sweatshirts and hats than I could possibly need, and I have no relatives that would want any of the product since they don't ride or like the biker lifestyle. As I do not want product you are offering I am asking for a refund of the full amount.

-- Gary Weaver

The madness of Extinction Rebellion--This is an upper-middle-class death cult and we should ridicule it out of existence.

Yesterday, in London, I witnessed an eerie, chilling sight: I saw a death cult holding a ceremony in public.

The men and women gathered outside King’s Cross station and formed a circle. They swayed and chanted. They preached about End Times. ‘What will you do when the world gets hot, what, what?’, they intoned, conjuring up images of the hellfire they believe will shortly consume mankind. They sang hymns to their god – science. ‘We’ve got all the science / All that we need / To change the world / Hallelujah’, they sang, rocking side to side as they did so.

They demanded repentance. ‘Buy less, fly less, fry less’, said one placard. Catholics only demand the non-consumption of meat on Fridays, as an act of penance to mark the day of Christ’s death. This new religion demands an end to meat-consumption entirely, as penance for mankind’s sins of growth and progress.

And like all death cultists, they handed out leaflets that contained within them ‘THE TRUTH’. The leaflets foretell floods and fire: ‘We are in trouble. Sea levels are rising… Africa and the Amazon are on fire.’ The only word that was missing was locusts. They can’t be far behind these other ghastly visitations to sinful mankind.

And if you question their TRUTH? Then, like those heretics who were hauled before The Inquisition 500 years ago, you will be denounced as a denier. A denier of their revelations, a denier of their visions. ‘Denial is not a policy’, their placards decreed. Spotting me filming their spooky, apocalyptic ceremony, one of the attendees waved that placard in my face. A warning from the cult to a corrupted outsider.


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I agree, the old original/you, miraculus mother and bikes we built not these catalog posers.

deland, FL
Monday, October 21, 2019
Editor Response She was more than original, but a freak of nature. Better watch what I say...
Great story on ER by Dan At least we are getting something back, although I have yet to see anything.. Seems I am not the only who is going to miss EASYRIDERS.

mike pullin
charlotte, nc
Friday, October 11, 2019
Editor Response Easyriders Magazine is like freedom or rock and roll. It should never die. Let's see what happens next.
I agree, I would rather have my 150.00 in a refund, I have enough t shirts, don't wear hats, too hot here for sweat shirts. I would prefer the cash for something I need, like more ammo.

alex jemery
deland, FL
Friday, October 11, 2019
Editor Response Ammo or another real Easyriders Magazine.

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