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You Name it, it's still happening during the Holidays

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Sidehack Jerry, Barry Green, Uncle Monkey, Sam Burns, Joe Smith, Dangerous Dave and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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I’m confused about many things and Cuba didn’t help.
I had guides who loved Fidel or were forced to love Fidel. I had guides who knew doctors who couldn’t feed their families.

But it’s Christmas and so much in Cuba is representative of America. Our old cars are displayed on every tourist gift. You can feel America and freedom all over the country. It’s as if you can never stop people from dreaming and hoping Freedom will return.

I was also told the Trump changes to travel were insignificant, but because our media made a big deal out of it, less folks are attempting to travel there.

I watched the Spector James Bond movie last night. You need to check the last line of the movie. James returns to Q’s garage and Q says,”What are you doing here.”

James replies, “I just need one thing.” The next scene shows him riding away in the original, restored Aston Martin. I wish our congress got it. It’s not about saving the planet 24/7. We need our cool cars and choppers to survive.

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 BorntoRide.com, Sturgis Museum.

Compact OBD Diagnostic Tool for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Selected for the 2017 Hot 100 Parts & Accessories List by American Motorcycle Dealer Magazine

Smart Vehicle Diagnostics’ Motorscan smartphone On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) wireless tool for Harley-Davidson motorcycles has entered the prestigious "AMD HOT 100 Parts & Accessories" list by American Motorcycle Dealer magazine.

Smart Vehicle Diagnostics LLC, a creator of unique diagnostic tools for automobiles, trucks and powersports vehicles, today announced its product’s selection for the 2017 Hot 100 Parts and Accessories list by American Motorcycle Dealer (AMD) magazine. AMD magazine is one of the leading trade journals in the motorcycle industry that addresses Harley-Davidson dealers and professionals in North America and Europe.

Every year, it selects the most innovative and outstanding products for inclusion in its “AMD HOT 100 Parts & Accessories” list. Smart Vehicle Diagnostics’ Motorscan® smartphone On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) wireless tool for Harley-Davidson motorcycles has entered this prestigious list in 2017.

“We are honored that our new product was named to the ‘Hot 100’ list by one of the industry’s most authoritative publications,” said Alex Leonov, Managing Partner at Smart Vehicle Diagnostics LLC. “We created the world’s first compact OBD diagnostic tool for motorcycles, so that bike riders could take advantage of OBD diagnostic technology and monitor their bike’s health on demand.

Alex Leonov added: “The tool is a real win-win for both Harley owners and dealers. If I’m on the road, far from the dealership I usually go to, and the Check Engine light comes on, I’ll get the diagnostic report and email it to my mechanic at the dealership. If the issue is serious, I may have to go to a place nearby to take care of it, but with this tool I will avoid being taken advantage of and upsold on repairs I don’t need.

Motorscan not only saves money for bike owners, it’s a great tool for dealers to stay connected to their customers and build long-term relationships.”

The Motorscan Bluetooth adapter plugs into a motorcycle’s diagnostic port and can remain attached indefinitely. Using the Motorscan app, a bike owner can read trouble codes and conditions with detailed descriptions, clear the Check Engine light, access various bike systems, from the electronic control unit (ECU) to the dashboard, see live data parameters, look up the VIN number, view virtual gauges, and more. Bike owners can easily save diagnostic reports and email them to any mechanic with a touch of a button. Motorscan doesn’t interfere with system performance and can be used on multiple motorcycles.

There are two types of adapters available. The MSDKHD4 4-pin adapter is compatible with older models with Delphi engine control units and 4-pin J1850 OBD connectors. The MSDKHD6 6-pin adapter works with most of the newer CAN-Bus Harley-Davidson bikes with 6-pin OBD connectors. The tool covers most Harley-Davidson models from 2001 and up. You can check a motorcycle’s compatibility at https://motorscantools.com.

The Motorscan smartphone app is available for Android or iOS devices. Motorscan smartphone diagnostics adapters for Harley-Davidson motorcycles are available at https://motorscantools.com for $199.99 each with free shipping.

In Ventura, CA, but rescheduled for February 4, 2018.

The Chopperfest family regrets to inform you that we must announce the postponement of The 14th Annual David Mann Chopperfest scheduled to take place at the Ventura Fairgrounds on Sunday, December 10th.

The City of Ventura is devastated by the Thomas Fire that has wreaked havoc in our beloved city. In order to keep staff, residents, patrons, fire crews and first responders safe we have made this tough decision.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to greeting all of you when we resume the event on Sunday, February 4th, 2018.

We would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" for your continued support for this local family owned and operated event.

A portion of proceeds from the rescheduled 14th Annual David Mann Chopperfest will benefit the victims of this unfortunate natural disaster. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected. We will honor advance tickets purchased, bike show entries, and vendor fees. If you're unable to join us on February 4, please contact me for reimbursement.

Please share this announcement, as we do not want to inconvenience anyone who is planning on attending this Sunday.

--Quick Throttle Magazine

Please check out our Store page to see the latest Lucky Devil Propaganda!


Merry Christmas!!

--Kent & Holly


You might find yourself.

The ALL NEW Michael Lichter Photography website dedicated to custom motorcycles and the biker culture is now live. After more than 20 years online, this is our first total website re-design.

There are hundreds of bike features and loads of events including lots of new content from the past few years. New features include a search function, a “lightbox” to store images you like, and plenty of ways to share photos. 6”x9” and 8”x12” framable prints are available for purchase through the site as well as my limited edition prints.

New (and old) content is being added every week, so keep checking back! www.lichterphoto.com

--Shannon Kerr
Studio Assistant
Michael Lichter Photography, LLC
Boulder, CO 80304 USA

A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, 'Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.'

'Yes,' the class said.

'Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?'

A little fellow shouted, 'Cause your feet ain't empty.'

--from Rogue and Sidehack Jerry

Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride Announces Ten Starting Locations for 2020 Ride--
Three West Coast cities and seven other starting locations highlight the ride into Washington D.C.

The Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride (SCMR2020) is announcing the ten cities that will be the starting points for the ride into Washington, D.C. honoring the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Constitutional Amendment. The female and couple-centric ride will start open registrations in 2018 for ten different routes that will all converge into Washington, D.C. in August of 2020 to celebrate American women’s right to vote in elections and honor the Suffragette movement that led the charge.

The primary route will start in San Francisco CA, with Los Angeles CA and Portland OR being the other full cross-country routes that will each take approximately three weeks. Other cities that will be starting points for shorter routes include Denver CO, Milwaukee WI, Dallas TX, Atlanta GA, New York NY, and Orlando FL. The New York and Orlando routes will curve west before merging into the primary east-bound trunk into D.C.

Several of the self-guided tours will incorporate adventure bike appropriate sections as well. “My passion for the past decade has been adventure riding,” says Alisa Clickenger, SCMR2020 co-producer. “Given the stunning beauty and remote areas of the country, and the many new full-size and exciting ‘light ADV’ models being introduced to the market, we know that there will be an interest in these beautiful touring opportunities with newfound sisters.”

Each route will all have unique stops and historical features relating to the Suffrage Movement, historical women in motorcycling, and of course the 19th US Constitutional Amendment. The epic beauty of the country will reveal itself as each individual tour group merges with others as they head East, with entertaining secondary meet-ups in cities such as Sturgis SD, St. Louis MO, Raleigh SC and Columbus OH. Final routes and timings will be confirmed in 2018 following extensive scouting by the SCMR2020 team.

SCMR2020 was envisioned to inspire women to choose to ride in an epic journey alongside other women and couples who aspire to challenge themselves as well as to respect and honor history. Riders and future riders can sign up for an email list at www.centennialride.com (please enable pop-up windows). Interested organizations, potential sponsors and media can connect via info@centennialride.com.

Ongoing news, rider training links, route maps, stories and features about inspiring female riders will be added to the website in the coming months.

CarTech Books Releases

“1,001 Harley-Davidson Facts”

The ultimate book for any Harley rider!

The name Harley-Davidson is nearly synonymous with motorcycling in most parts of the world and the 115-year story of the famed American manufacturer plays a huge role in modern global history. There’s more to the legendary brand than the chrome, leather, and unique sound it’s known for today.

As you can imagine, over the course of more than 100 years, The Harley-Davidson Motor Company has seen prosperous times as well as lean times, changes in focus and direction, evolution and revolution. All of that leads to a lot of company history and trivia. Author Tyler Greenblatt has compiled 1,001 Harley-Davidson facts into this single volume, with subjects ranging from the historic powertrains to pop culture to Harley-Davidson as a company and manufacturer.

Whether you ride everyday, just casually, or don’t even ride at all, you’re sure to find something of interest in this book. Impress your friends and family in that next conversation about Harleys!

Table of Contents

“1,001 Harley-Davidson Facts” is laid out into eight chapters covering the eight major eras of Harley-Davidson motorcycles: Early Era up to 1915, 1916-1929 F-Head Era, 1929-1941 Pre-War Flathead Era, 1936-1947 Knucklehead Era, 1948-1965 Panhead Era, 1966-1984 Shovelhead Era, 1984-1998 Evolution Era, 1999-2016 Twin Cam Era.

Each chapter gets further broken down evenly into facts about The Motor Company, The Chassis, The Powertrain, People and Pop Culture, and Military, Police, and Racing. Information spans from highly technical to barely motorcycle-related, making it a great read for anyone. This book will keep Harley-Davidson enthusiasts entertained for hours and makes a great gift for Harley riders who are usually so tough to shop for!

These are great. I need to order another one. It’s terrific for new guys to learn, for old guys to check and for older guys who need to work on their memories.--Bandit


Lee Greenwood Partners with DAV to Thank Veterans--We asked why you’re thankful for the veteran in your life. Check out some of the amazing entries we received, set to the song "God Bless the USA" by our friend Lee Greenwood.

DAV thanks country music powerhouse Lee Greenwood for joining forces with us to help spread the word about the importance of thanking our veterans for the sacrifices they’ve made to keep our country safe.

You can make your own personalized tribute video for the veteran in your life by visiting www.DAV.org/ThankAVet , and then share it on social media using the hashtag #ThankAVet. It only takes a few minutes.

We are grateful to our partner, Military.com for supporting this program.

Operation Gratitude Celebrates Two Millionth Care Package--
Dedicates Milestone Event to local First Responders and Deployed Troops

As California Highway Patrol lights and sirens heralded the moment, more than 2,100 Operation Gratitude Volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life cheered the production of the organization's Two Millionth Care Package.

Patriotic citizens from surrounding areas gathered for the milestone event that was dedicated in honor of the thousands of First Responders who are still in harm's way battling the fires throughout Southern California. Supporters across the country tuned in online to view a live stream of the event.

Volunteers assembling Care Kits for First Responders and Deployed Troops.
Energetic volunteers from civic and religious organizations, schools, local businesses, scout troops, and clubs assembled 10,000 Entertainment Care Kits and 100 Holiday Care Packages, stuffed 575 Battalion Buddies for children of Deployed Troops, made 4,588 Paracord Survival Bracelets, and wrote thousands of handwritten letters of encouragement and support.

They were joined by 100-year-old WWII Veteran Steve Politis who assembled the 1,999,999th Care Package and Green Beret Bob Pennington, who was one of the original 12 Green Berets, aka The Horse Soldiers, who went into Afghanistan on horseback to bring down the Taliban following September 11, 2001.

This milestone event commemorated nearly 15 years since Founder Carolyn Blashek started sending Care Packages from her dining room table in Encino, California.

"In March of 2003, I met a Soldier returning to the war zone. He had lost his entire family and believed no one would care if he never returned home," Blashek recalled to the crowd. "But I knew that was not true. I knew Americans care."

WWII Veteran and Operation Gratitude volunteer Steve Politis builds a milestone Care Package.

Ten years later, in December 2013, Blashek and two Operation Gratitude Board Members, Martha "Marty" Martin and Sue Pollard, delivered the One Millionth Care Package in a secret mission to an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Oman. That special Care Package, received by a Navy Corpsman, included keys to a Ford 150 pickup truck donated by 5-Hour Energy.

"Today, only four years since our One Millionth Care Package delivery, we have over 2,000 volunteers here today and 350,000 nationwide volunteers who have donated 25 million hours of service," Blashek said to the crowd. "You have produced the Two Millionth Care Package and countless smiles on the faces of all who serve."

"I would like to acknowledge what Carolyn has built, from her dining room table to the Two Millionth Care Package. I am honored to follow in her footsteps and lead the next chapter of Operation Gratitude," said Kevin Schmiegel, the new CEO of Operation Gratitude. Addressing the volunteers, he continued, "As a 20-year Marine, I can tell you that what you are doing is making a difference. I have seen it firsthand in the eyes and the smiles of Deployed Troops who received care packages. I can also tell you as a father of an enlisted Marine, what you are doing is important."

Founder Carolyn Blashek spoke to the crowd of volunteers, "You have produced the Two Millionth Care Package and countless smiles on the faces of all who serve."

In a surprise announcement to a cheering crowd, Blashek and Schmiegel presented the three milestone Care Packages to Marines from 3rd Marines, 5th Battalion who recently returned from a deployment overseas and, unbeknownst to the crowd, attended the Operation Gratitude event.

All three Care Packages contained the signature items for which Operation Gratitude is known: snacks, entertainment items, hygiene supplies, handmade scarves and paracord survival bracelets, plus letters of support from people nationwide.

Adding to the excitement of the occasion, the Marines and the volunteers together learned of the additional special items that Operation Gratitude's partners wanted to share with the package recipients.

LCpl Grant York received the 1,999,999th Care Package, containing a Wireless Sound System donated by Yamaha. "Operation Gratitude packages really do mean a lot to us on deployment," he told the crowd. "It's a nice surprise for the guys who don't get anything from home."

Receiving the 2,000,000th Care Package, which contained a pair of Super Bowl Tickets, courtesy of Mars Foods, was LCpl Hayden Grote. When asked whom he might take with him to the game in February, Lance Corporal Grote said without hesitation, "My dad. I'm going to call him right now and he's going to be excited to spend this time together with me."

The 2,000,0001st Care Package contained a NASCAR experience to the Charlotte 600, also donated by Mars Foods, and was received by LCpl Luke Blair.

As part of the presentation, the Target Corporation donated $500 gift cards to 60 additional Marines who recently returned from deployment overseas, and a $10 gift card to every volunteer in attendance. In addition, Mars Foods committed to donating an additional $2,000,000 in products to Operation Gratitude over the next 13 months.

In a touching moment, Carolyn Blashek concluded the event by asking Kevin Schmiegel to join her on the stage. Blashek conducted a civilian version of a Change of Command Ceremony, presenting Schmiegel with the Operation Gratitude Flag and pledging her support for his new leadership.

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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!
BANDIT IS F.I.C.K.L.E. BIKERNET NEWS for December 7 2017

Well done, a lot of work while the old guy goofs off in a tropical paradise.

Betta bring back some cool stuff Bandit!

-- Doc Robinson
Somerton Park, SA, Australia
You think he would-a brought back something shiny for LaLa. But nooooo!!
Just kidding. Well, that's ok at least I got love from you guys. Thanks Doc!
- LaLa

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The more i read about Australia, the more i wonder if that's what our political leaders want for us.

deland, FL
Friday, December 15, 2017
Editor Response Australia has a different political system. But like our country when they start to talk about ridding the streets of gangs, the first and biggest gang is the government.

Our government wasn't founded to control the people, but to protect our liberties. Too many have missed that lesson or failed to take the class.

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