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By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Buckshot, Joe Smith, Sarge, David Campbell, Barry Green, Ujjwal Dey, Sam Burns, Mr. Wonderful, Joe Smith and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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It’s an exciting day in Paradise,
and boy I wish the world or at least all Americans got that. I’m working on my Bikernet Freedom Manifesto, although Mark Buckner may have corrected me regarding the term, Manifesto.

Let’s hit the news. It’s a good one.

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3rd Place in the Cafe Racer Division
3rd Place in the Cafe Racer Division

AMD World Championship Won by Russian Builder Dmitry Golubchikov

Springing from the minds of the editors at American Motorcycle Dealer Magazine, the AMD custom bike shows are a crowd favorite, and the world championship held in Cologne, Germany, October 1-7, 2018, did not disappoint. A huge display of custom creations and motorcycle vendors took up 10 separate exhibition halls.

The AMD championships has partnered with the huge “INTERMOT Customized” show in Cologne and was sponsored by Avon Tyres, maker of motorcycle tires since 1911.

Cafe Winner.
Cafe Winner.

The AMD Cologne had 98 bikes competing for best custom. The innovative builders, representing 30 different countries, stretched the limits of design imagination with an international flair. The bikes were grouped by class: Freestyle, Modified Harley-Davidson, Retro Modified, Street Performance and Café Racer. Judging is by “peer group review,” meaning bikes are judged by the competitors themselves, joined by a few selected VIP judges and some past competitors.

6th in the Freestyle Class.
6th in the Freestyle Class.

Breaking down the classes, Freestyles are one-off, ground-up custom bikes on any chassis. Modified Harley-Davidsons are stock Evo or later frames with stock Evo engine. Retro Modifieds are any modified bike with any drivetrain and any chassis, manufactured before 1984. Café Racers are bikes inspired by the 1950/1960 road race bikes, having clip-on bars, rear-set foot controls, hump race seat and performance modifications.

The Street Performance class showcases bikes that improve performance, engineering, tuning and esthetics of the stock model.

The INTERMOT show with the AMD Avon World Championships attracted more than 150,000 visitors to the huge venue which included exhibitors of motorcycle parts and accessories and manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, Kawasaki and BMW.

Italy had the most builders represented, with 21 bikes in competition. Germany had 16 bikes competing and Russia had seven. You can see more about this year’s competitors and their bikes, as well as a complete archive of past world championships since 2004 at www.amdchampionship.com.

To break down this year’s winners, Zillers Garage entry, “Insomnia,” won the freestyle class, as well as the overall World Champion title. It was built by upcoming sensation Dmitry Glubchikov, representing Russia.

Insomnia is an outstanding Yamaha SR 400.

Mod Winner.
Mod Winner.

The Modified Harley-Davidson class was taken by “Silver Storm” from the One Way Machine Company, Germany. It was a 2001 Softail Deuce built by Julian von Oheimb.

Retro Modified winner was VM Cycles’ entry, “VM 003-16,” a 1942 WLA SV 750 Flathead with a BSA military style drivetrain. This Italian entry was nearly all handmade with stainless steel and brass accessories.

Street Performance winner Paul Milbourn Customs of the United Kingdom submitted “Titanium V” for consideration, an 1100 cc Moto Guzzi.
Finally, the Café Racer class title was captured by FMW Motorcycles of Italy with an S&S Superstock 1968 Shovelhead.

Custom motorcycles have always been considered “an American thing,” born on the west coast. A natural progression of style and function evolving from the early “chopped” motorcycles that were stripped of unnecessary items to make them faster and easier to handle, the art of the motorcycle custom began to take roots.

People's Choice.
People's Choice.

Today, some of the finest examples of custom fabrication and genius come from all parts of Europe and Asia. The United States only had three entries in this year’s world championship, with the best finish being an eighth place in the freestyle class for Union Speed and Style’s “SourKraut,” a 1947 EL inspired by early factory race bikes.

Although top honors were won by Dmitry Glubchikov of Russia, Italy was well represented taking seventh place in the Freestyle class, a third in modified Harley, all three top places in the Retro class and a first and third place in Café Racer.

New in 2018, a “Public Choice” category was added and sponsored by motorcycle accessory distributor Detlev Louis. Show attendees were able to cast their vote for show favorite at the Detlev Louis booth or the AMD booth during the weeklong show.

Photo credits; motorcycle photos by Onno Wieringa, Madness Photography.
Photo of exhibition hall by Frank Sender, Thunder Media.

--By Tony Pan Sanfelipo

Tony Pan Sanfelipo is a 26 year employee of Hupy and Abraham, S.C.


TRUMP DIRECTS EPA to Allow Year-Round E-15 Gas Sales--Ahead of a scheduled visit to Iowa on Tuesday, President Donald Trump granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to lift restrictions on higher blend of ethanol E-15 year-round.

By lifting the restriction, the EPA will begin the arduous task of creating and seeking public comment on the new regulations going forward.

The EPA anticipates the new rule making process will be completed by early June 2019 and would allow the sale of E-15 during summer of 2019. Currently, the sale of E-15 during the summer month’s is prohibited in some states due to the Clean Air Act.

“We want to get more fuel into the system,” Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One to travel to a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “This is great for our farmers, and it's a promise I made during the campaign, and as you know I keep my promises.”

The expansion of the Renewable Fuel Standard has resulted in higher content of ethanol-blended gasoline at gas stations across America. These higher blends, like E-15 and E-85, have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in small engines like those in motorcycles. This is due to concerns for potential damage to fuel lines, injectors, seals, gaskets, and valve seats, as well as to carburetors. As a result, many motorcycle manufacturers now include statements in the manual that any warranty would be voided if E-15 or higher is used.

What does this mean for our motorcycles? Well, we already know that EPA guidance on E-15 fuel prohibits the use in your motorcycle along with a host of other small engines. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation believes that, until higher blends of ethanol can be approved for use by both the EPA and motorcycle manufactures, the federal government must guarantee the availability of fuel blends containing no more than 10 percent ethanol (E-10) at gas stations around the country. The MRF fully intends to submit comment when it becomes available in the new rule making process in the coming months.

So, what can we do right now? You may remember over the summer the MRF teamed up with representatives from the marine, motorcycling and outdoor power equipment on Capitol Hill in conjunction with Congressional Motorcycle and Boating Caucuses to discuss concerns over higher ethanol blends and lack of consumer education about the associated risks with ethanol. In conjunction with this event, we kicked off our support for H.R. 5855, the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018. Authored by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), the legislation would require EPA to revise the labeling requirements at fuel pumps that dispense E-15 and conduct a consumer education about the risks of using it in vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E-15 (i.e. YOUR MOTORCYCLE).

Contact the MRF and ask your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 5855 and help protect consumers unknowingly using a fuel blend that will not only damage your motorcycle, and void your warranty but the EPA has decided is illegal to put in your motorcycle.


I got a short one for ya. About 1979 I think it was , I had got to know these guys down the street . We had met on a Kern River run . The wife and I were in bed asleep for awhile and about 2 in the morning there was a bang bang bang at the door.

In Torrance that is usually not a good thing if you are a biker. That usually means a cop raid or something worse. I answer the door in boxers and a High Standard .357 magnum behind my back.

The three-biker-brothers from down the street said "They seen the light on."

I said, " Maybe in your head you seen it on."

They said, “what you got behind your back?"

I said, "Nothing. Let me go put on some pants."

We partied till the sun came up . That is how I got to know Tex , Nazi and Chopper. The best guys a biker would want to know, but like all things, stuff happens and we all lost contact over the years. The names are acronyms to protect the innocent.


PS. As matter of fact I sold that 357 hand revolver to Tex.

BONNEVILLE RUN NEWS--Hiro Koiso Bonneville Run

Hiro Koiso had set the fastest open bike record on the salt at 227.236mph in 2017. The JIMS / T-Man Performance 135 cubic inch Twin-Cam engine is coupled with C-1R ProCharger on a modified 2006 Harley-Davidson FXD-I based motorcycle that puts out over 400HP to the rear wheel.

This year, aero dynamic aid was put into place entering the team into the partially streamlined class.

Following the shake down passes form the first day, on 8/27/2018 Koiso clocked a blistering 259.951mph on the measured mile.

This is the fastest speed recorded in history on a sit-on Harley-Davidson motorcycle. GPS recording shows in excess of over 260mph. However, during the timed mile, the front tire began to fail.

Koiso was able to keep the bike upright, but extensive damages to the bike kept him from making a record return run. “We could only make a few runs at the BMST this year. But we learned some priceless information from them.

By knowing the cause of failure and what our equipment is capable of, we are going to go even faster next year. Our next goal will be a tribute to the H-D factory Streamliner efforts from 1970, which set a record at 265.492mph.

All things considered, we believe it is possible to hit the 270mph mark. We just need to work harder for it.” Koiso stated. We, at JIMS, are extremely proud to be a sponsor of Hiro Koiso Racing.

--Greg Thiessen
555 Dawson Drive,
Camarillo, CA 93012
Ph: 805-482-6913


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BANDIT’S CANTINA COMMENT--Just read the Sunday post about us getting older. I went to a swap meet yesterday put on by Prism Supply Company. I saw some old friends and yeah we have gotten older, the hair is either gone or turned white.

As I sat at our little set-up I thought "Man where has the time went?" I guess all of us think about that? I am going to be grandfather in January, never thought I would see this! It hit me like a ton of bricks, I am getting older! My grand child is going to be a girl!

This is going to be completely different fo me. I had three brothers, three sons, but I have no idea about little girls? I guess I will learn! I look at kids differently now, I guess because I am older and I think to myself what will they see in their life time?

Another part of getting older is losing friends and family. Last week I lost a good riding partner. it shook me pretty hard. In the last five years too many friends and family have left, this is life. I tell people as long as you live and think young you are never old and I think most readers here believe that. As we get older our memories make us whole.

Different subject, the Shovelhead is coming along, slow moving though with hurricanes and flooding. Hope to get some pics and report on the progress soon.

One thing I have decided is to take it all the way down and powder coat the frame. The old girl deserves it!

Until next time, RIDE AND STAY YOUNG!

NEWS FROM THE CLIMATE DEPOT--New York City Filled With Road Signs Flashing Climate Warnings, Including ‘Climate Denial Kills’

For the next month, pedestrians walking through New York City’s five boroughs will see flashing road signs warning those walking by of the alleged dangers of man-made global warming.

“Climate denial kills,” “Abolish Coal-Onialism,” “50,000,000 Climate Refugees” and “End climate injustice” are just some of the warnings passersby will see as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to sound the alarm on global warming.

De Blasio’s office teamed up with the Climate Museum as part of a campaign called “Climate Signals” to put up road signs with warnings that were designed by artist Justin Brice Guariglia.

“When you see a traffic sign, your pulse quickens a little and you know you have to be on the alert for a changing condition that could affect your safety,” Climate Museum Director Miranda Massie told Yale Climate Connections on Wednesday.

The Climate Museum raised the money to put up the signs, so the climate advocacy campaign comes at no cost to the city, according to de Blasio’s office. (RELATED: Trump Officials Say There’s ‘A Major Problem’ With The UN’s Upcoming Climate Report, Leaked Comments Show)

“The signs were provided at no cost to the city, the Museum raised all the funds themselves,” de Blasio spokesman Seth Stein told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

De Blasio has made fighting global warming a centerpiece of his administration. The Democratic mayor embarked on a campaign to divest city pensions of fossil fuel assets earlier this year, and simultaneously filed suit against five major oil companies over global warming.

However, a federal judge tossed out New York City’s climate lawsuit in July. De Blasio brought on trial lawyers to handle the city’s suit against oil companies in exchange for a percent of any winnings from the case.

Media outlets also criticized de Blasio’s climate suit in light of his well-known travel habits. The mayor “regularly rides around town in an SUV,” a New York Times writer pointed out, and the New York Observer called de Blasio an “Imperial Hypocrite” for the fleet of SUVs he takes to the gym every week.

City officials appear to have worked closely with climate activists for the Climate Signals exhibit. “[T]en sites were picked by the Parks Department to specifically emphasize an area’s vulnerability to climate change,” Gothamist reported Tuesday.

Museum officials say the goal of the campaign is to use art to educate the public about global warming. At least one NASA climate scientist and experts from other fields will stand by road signs on Saturday to answer questions people have about global warming, according to reports.

“I think that that connection is a brilliant one to make: putting words about climate into a format that automatically triggers a heightened sense of alert and a need, urgently, to pay attention,” Massie said.

The Climate Museum is following an approach to global warming propaganda pushed by Yale Climate Connections in a 2015 article, according to the university group. Road signs will also display climate warnings in multiple languages.

Filed under: intimidation, wacky

Daily Caller.com

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LE PERA SEAT OF THE WEEK—Kickflip Basket Weave for Dynas. Dynas are hot in LA, mostly due to Sons of Anarchy, although FXRS are right there.

But the Dyna guys are all about riding, comfort and performance. They don’t mess around and this seat will fit right into their hard-riding equation.--Bandit


The world is your playground... shred it! This is the seat that every adventurous rider would be stoked to own. The maximized back support and ample seating area offer plenty of options for riding - or showing off - at a moment's notice.

Shown with Basket Weave seating area. Also available with Diamond Stitch, Pleated Stitch and our new Gripp Tape material - when traction is needed! Many other custom materials and stitch graphics are available as well!

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STURGIS RIDER NEWS--How to Winterize Your Motorcycle and Be Ride Ready Come Spring

The end of fall can be a pretty lousy time of year for those who have to keep their bike parked over the winter. Returning your baby to the garage after your final teeth-chattering ride can be a pretty heartbreaking moment. But you shouldn’t let your sadness get in the way of your bike’s overall performance.

To make sure your bike is ride ready on the first warm day of spring, check out this video to learn the necessary winterization steps from an expert.

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