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By Bandit, Rogue, Bob T., bad Uncle Monkey, Ben Lamboeuf, Jim Waggaman, Doc Robinson, and others from the Bikernet Crew

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Here’s Doc Robinson’s report
on the Easyriders V-Twin show for Cincinnati 2014:
The V-Twin Expo is shrinking and dying. That is an opinion I have heard expressed a number of times by people in the industry in the weeks leading up to this event. Well, as Mark Twain once said, “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated” and that certainly applies to this event. Why? Well take the fact that out of 187 vendors, a whopping 40 were there for the first time!

Despite the severe winter weather conditions blanketing out much of the upper US at the time, overall attendance at the Expo seemed reasonable. In these tougher economic times the dealers who invest both the time and money to attend are there for a purpose, seeking out further knowledge and product to enhance their bottom line. Seeing new products up close, talking with their developers, bonding relationships and taking advantage of various specials available by ordering at the Expo, make a compelling package.

Add to that the series of high-powered seminars that were presented by Daytona Twin Tec, Power Vision, ThunderMax, TechnoResearch, Baker Drivetrain, S&S Cycle and the new and exciting Viola V-Twin, a branch of S&S set up to service the older bike market.

While the Expo has indeed shrunk somewhat in size over the past few years, mainly due to the economy, many of the major players in the aftermarket V-Twin industry still had a presence.

Most importantly, the ones with whom I spoke on Sunday afternoon, were positive about the event and overall seemed happy and stated they would be back again next year. Their responses seemed genuine and I didn’t detect any of that “whistling in the dark” kind of bravado that I think has been expressed over the past couple of years at the Expo.

In the decade that I have been attending this event, I have experienced both the boom years in the middle of the first decade of this century through to the reduced event of the past coupe of years. But I truly think it is on its way back up, and definitely deserves to be supported by the entire V-Twin aftermarket industry.

That said let’s take a look at one major aspect of the event. That is the fact that baggers are still king! Yes, especially big wheel baggers. Who knows how long this phase, craze or even - as some people call it “insanity” - will go on for? Who indeed! However, there is no doubt that many of them are stunning works of mechanical modification and styling. Exaggerated in many cases, yes? But envelopes are meant to be pushed; that’s the reason the human race has progressed and we no longer live in caves and dress in animal skins.

Overall, I certainly found it a worthwhile event to attend and plan to be back next year.
--Doc Robinson

Bada Bing. Let’s hit the news

WOMEN'S NEW SAVANNAH COOL LEATHER JACKET FROM BIKER'S CHOICE--TFL Cool System technology with two front shoulder intake vents and two vertical rear exhaust vents allow maximum airflow. The removable, insulated, fully sleeved liner features pockets for mobile devices and other essentials.
Reflective piping on front back provides increased visibility and snap closure tab collar provides a secure fit. Waist side tabs offer an adjustable fit and several exterior and interior pockets give you plenty of storage space.

*Includes 2-year manufacturer's warranty.
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DIY 2nd GENERATION CAPTAIN AMERICA PAUGHCO TRIKE--Talk about an eye catcher and conversation starter! This unique, all American masterpiece is as patriotic to look at as it is awesome to ride. And, with a few exceptions, you can build one just like it, at home or shop using parts found in Paughco’s latest catalog.

From the awesome custom chassis to the bars, seat, tank, rear end assembly, and fenders to those cool Dog Bone risers, lights, pegs and even the paint, it’s all available a or by calling direct to 775-246-5738.

MOTORCYCLEPEDIA to host Newburgh Motorcycle Swap Meet on April 6.--
The Motorcyclepedia Museum, located at 250 Lake Street in Newburgh, New York, will host a motorcycle, parts, and accessories swap meet on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Because the meet is an indoor event, it will be held rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vendor spaces are available and are included in the cost of admission to the Museum, which is $11 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12, tax included. Children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Motorcyclepedia will provide tables and chairs. Food and beverages will be available. To reserve vendor space, please call 845-569-9065. Spaces, consisting of one six-foot long table and two chairs, will be assigned on a first come first served basis.

Motorcyclepedia features two floors of antique, collectible, and custom motorcycles, the world’s single largest Indian collection, and “The Winners Circle” containing examples of the best antique motorcycles in the nation as judged by the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. The Winners Circle is sponsored by the Antique Motorcycle Foundation in cooperation with the Motorcyclepedia Museum.

To reach Motorcyclepedia on the web, go to

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HELMET BILLS REVS UP NEBRASKA DEBATE-- A bill that would let motorcyclists ride without helmets in Nebraska has reached the full Legislature, but supporters will have to overcome a filibuster for it to pass.

Lawmakers began debate Thursday on a measure to partially repeal Nebraska's helmet requirement for motorcyclists, exempting riders older than 21. The measure's author, Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, said he views helmets as an issue of freedom and personal choice.

"The Declaration of Independence says life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," he said. "Not conformity, control and a safe cocoon."
Opponents promised an eight-hour filibuster on the bill _ the maximum time allowed _ saying the helmet law saves lives while reducing insurance and Medicaid costs. Lawmakers adjourned for the day before voting, and could resume debate on Friday.

Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha said the 24-year-old helmet law has helped Nebraska prevent needless deaths and brain injuries.

"It would be inappropriate, in my judgment, to step back and allow our roads to become a place of greater carnage, filling up our emergency rooms with the brain injured who then go to the rehab hospitals in our state."

Opponents have tried for decades to repeal the helmet law, and this time they hope to find enough votes among the senators who were elected in 2012 because of term limits. The closest they came was in 2010, when supporters secured a 27-vote majority but failed to hit the 33 needed to end a filibuster.

Opponents of the helmet requirement argue that the state is losing tax revenue and tourism because riders often bypass the state. Motorcyclists testified in a committee hearing last year that many riders avoid Nebraska because it requires helmets, while all of its border states except for Missouri do not.

Medical and traffic-safety groups remain opposed to the bill, saying Nebraska already lacks services for residents with brain injuries, and eliminating the helmet requirement would only worsen the problem.
The bill is LB393
--The Independent News

Independent should stand for freedom. Motorcycle deaths have dropped 20 percent in the last five years while several states reduced helmet requirements and registrations increased. What does that tell you? --Bandit

--from Rogue

A MEMO FROM THE BIKERNET LAW FIRM OF BANDIT, RENEGADE, AND SNAKE-- A young Law student, having failed his Law exam, goes up to his crusty old professor, who is renowned for his razor-sharp legal mind.

Student: "Sir, do you really understand everything about this subject?"

Professor: "Actually, I probably do. Otherwise I wouldn't be a professor, would I?"

Student: "OK. So I’d like to ask you a question. If you can give me the correct answer, I will accept my marks as it is. If you can't give me the correct answer, however, you'll have to give me an "A".

Professor: "Hmmmm, alright. So what’s the question?"

Student: "What is legal but not logical, logical but not legal, and neither logical nor legal?”

The professor wracks his famous brain, but just can't crack the answer. Finally he gives up and changes the student's failing mark into an "A" as agreed, and the student goes away, very pleased.

The professor continues to wrack his brain over the question all afternoon, but still can’t get the answer. So finally he calls in a group of his brightest students and tells them he has a really, really tough question to answer: "What is legal but not logical, logical but not legal, and neither logical nor legal?”

To the professor's surprise (and embarrassment), all the students immediately raise their hands.

"All right," says the professor and asks his favorite student to answer.

"It's quite easy, sir," says the student. "You see, you are 75 years old and married to a 30 year old woman, which is legal, but not logical. Your wife has a 22 year old lover, which is logical, but not legal. And your wife's lover failed his exam but you've just given him an "A", which is neither legal, nor logical."
--from Rick Krost
U.S. Choppers

COMMENT FROM BIKERNET FEATURE BIKE OWNER--Richard, you and Bandit gave me something better than any gift. Recognition for my type of creativity. I know my type of bike isn't for everyone, and that's exactly why it is what it is.

Something that doesn't fit the mold.......and it runs pretty damned good too.


UNCLE MONKEY ON SPINNING WRENCHES--Spinning wrenches on bikes is therapy right up there with rolling on the miles across this great country. We all like to tinker with our bikes making them faster, making them prettier, making sure everything is as perfect as possible.

The previous owner assured Mrs. Monkey the HondaMatic had spent the last ten years under a cover in a shed, but it obviously spent the majority of its life out in the elements. It is rare to find a 34- year-old-bike in pristine conditions, but there is a diffident difference between inside and out, a bike that is ridden and one that has been sitting in a barn.

With the Kawi off the lift sporting a couple new oil seals it was the HondaMatic’s turn on the bench. Most of the dirt and grime were easily wiped away, but that’s where the fun starts, the satisfaction of taking a neglected bike that hasn't been ridden in years and bringing it back to the road. Chrome was cleaned and polished, cables oiled and lubed.

Satisfaction in the little things like freeing up the stiff "Parking Brake" lever. It’s not a big job, not really time consuming but something that just screams to be handled. I busy myself cleaning up the controls, getting everything working properly and smoothly. After a couple hours and some elbow grease and it doesn't look like the same bike, doesn't feel like the same bike.

There is joy working on a new project, happiness reworking someone’s old bike or building a bike from scratch, but there is uniqueness to resurrecting the forgotten, returning a bike to the road. I'm not going to do a full concourse restoration. I'm not going to trick it out into a chopper, bobber, or cafe racer, just put it back on the road where it belongs.

-bad Uncle Monkey

GET YOUR BOOGALOO ON for the SMOKE OUT!--Who is the Friday night headliner?
The Rebel Son of course... It's a tradition. Rebel Son is an original honky tonk rockabilly band---they're a foul-mouthed rednecks, who don’t give a shit.

If you haven't heard them, take a listen...
EVERYMEN - is a dysfunctional family that comes from different backgrounds, with different story's to tell. Captain Bobo plays lead vox, guitar and banjo.

Iron Cowgirl Missy has signed on to rock the chopper jockeys. She has the energy of Melissa Etheridge & Bonnie Rait. 
The Local Skank: An all girl (and one guy) ska band originating out of New Orleans, characterized by their ska, punk and pop-punk style of music.

Discount tickets are just $30 smacks until MARCH 1. So get on the throttle and grab a couple of discount tix, we know you want to.

Enjoy the ride,


MEN'S NEW BRAVADO OVERPANTS-- Premium leather provides protection as well as a great look and feel. Leg openings feature snap closures and full-length side zippers for easy on/easy off. Power stretch panel across the back provides a flexible, more comfortable fit.

The full-length, mesh lining will not cling to your pants. Zippered pockets offer additional storage space. Includes 2-year manufacturer's warranty.

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WHY WE RIDE WON THE 2014 Family Choice Award!--The Family Choice Awards recognizes the best products and services for children and families.

We are honored to be given this prestigious recognition! We hope that the families who watch our film are inspired to share the sport and hobby of motorcycling together!


Victory Motorcycles Launches The Gunner - Throwback Bobber Style And Take-No-Prisonners Attitude
By Ben Lamboeuf

Victory Motorcycles welcomes another model to its expanding line of heavyweight American cruisers: the Gunner. Victory designed the Gunner as a “blend of heavyweight motorcycle with V-twin muscle and an edgy bobber style without compromise.” Unveiled today at the IMS show un Chicago, the Gunner is sure to turn heads and hopefully win hearts too. With a retail price set at $12,999 for the U.S., the Gunner strives to leave the competition in the dust.


BIG CARB MONSTER - The Tinkerer's Dream Machine -- A Hot Rod Shovel
Text by Bandit, Pics by WiseGuy

This is a good one, and I’ll do my best to tell an accurate tale. Richard Kranzler, our esteemed Bikernet Baggers, all-powerful editor in chief, sent me a couple of shots of this bike with a note. “The HORSE turned it down,” he said. “Can we help a brother out?”

Of course, my answer was, “Yes, goddammit.”


Hazan Motorworks: A Breath of Fresh Air in the Quest for Craftsmanship

By Tyler Ludlow -

Max Hazan of Hazan Motorworks is square in the middle of a very interesting life. Currently in the process of a move from New York to California, Max has developed a philosophy of use and style that is rarely seen in modern day bike building. His skill and attention to detail elevates his motorcycles to art. Each part looks like it could only have been created for that bike, giving an industrial/factory form and purpose to it, but the bikes highlights also give them a look that conveys craftsmanship. Each part belongs.

- Click here for the rest of the story -


J&P Cycles--Ultimate Builder Show in Chicago, IL

Paul Widman Takes 2014 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder US Championship

- Click Here for the rest of the story -


On TRIKES we have:

Tanom Motors to Unveil Invader Model R - High Performance Reverse Trike in 2014

2014 marks the introduction of the Tanom Motors Invader Model ‘R’, a high performance reverse trike. The Model ‘R’ will join the Invader TC-3 coupe and TR-3 roadster in the growing line up of high performance reverse trikes offered by Tanom Motors.

These three trikes represent an exciting one-of-a-kind fusion of super bike and super car. With two steering front wheels and one rear drive wheel they provide comfortable side-by-side seating for two and awesome performance all wrapped in a stunning body design.

- Click Here for rest of the story -


InvisiGUARD Lehman Hawg EFX Running Boards -Tri-Glide Paint Protection Kit

Protect the Lehman Hawg EFX Running Boards of your Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide motorcycle with this six (6) piece kit.

- Click Here for the rest of the story -

--Mistress Chris
Women's Editor
Internet Content Coordinator

‘CLASS OF 2014 V-TWIN SHOW’ – this year saw the 9th annual AMD industry photo at the V-Twin Expo in a year which may well prove to be a turning point in the fortunes of this important feature of our industry.

Congratulations to everybody at Easyriders Events and Reaction Management (their show contractor) for delivery of this year’s 13th annual V-Twin Expo at Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 8th and 9th.
Trying to generalize about the outcomes of any industry expo is also an invidious task, but based on a balanced assessment of the several dozen exhibitor perspectives that we here at AMD Magazine garnered, the consensus view is that the show worked, worked well, and that there’s no reason why it cannot continue to do so in the future.

The hall did stay reasonably busy longer into the afternoon than has been the case, with the majority of the exhibitors that we spoke with reporting good numbers of above all quality meetings with dealers who are genuinely in a position to make buying decisions.

One big concern had been what would happen on the Sunday. The experience last year, which was the first time that the V-Twin Expo had been cut down to two days following the abandonment of the Monday half-day, had vendors and organizers nervous.

Well, the good news is that the second initiative taken by Easyriders Events in recent years, namely to move the show back by a week in order to avoid a clash with the NFL Superbowl, appeared to have worked.

The aisles were noticeably busier, certainly until the early afternoon, than had been the case on the Sunday last year, and there were, no question, some Sunday-specific visitors… it wasn’t only dealers who had stayed over.

Either way, while it was punishingly cold in Cincinnati for the show this year (no surprise there!), the expected snow storms didn’t materialize, and if there is scepticism about the effects of winter in the Midwest on powersports industry shows, then I should imagine that the organization currently hoping to reinvent its failed ‘Indy’ in Chicago in December have way more to worry about than Jim Betlach and his team!

Watch out for more show news and new product reports in upcoming editions of AMD Magazine – and remember that you can find an archive of all editions at

--Robin Bradley

CAMPAIGN REVS UP ON MOTORCYCLE SAFETY--  Jason Geiger, 42, rides his motorcycle from Riverside to work in Buena Park. He said a CHP-approved safety course heightened his awareness of what to watch for.

Geiger just wishes drivers were more attentive. He sees them illegally holding cellphones to their ears every day.

One such driver changed the life of former Riverside resident Scott Shepherd, 49.
In 2010, Shepherd had fixed a flat tire on a pregnant woman’s car on Highway 91 near Serfas Club Drive. As he eased his motorcycle into the slow lane, a driver talking on her cellphone merged from the left lane to the offramp, striking him.
The impact threw Shepherd 30 feet. He still has three metal rods in his back and has difficulty bending and lifting.

One person’s irresponsibility could have a long-term effect on someone else’s life,” Shepherd said.

1. Ride within your skill level. Without practice, you might not be able to do maneuvers your friends can, or your motorcycle might be more powerful than you can handle.

2. Wear proper clothing.

3. Practice defensive riding. Don’t assume other vehicles can see you. Aggressive riding, including going far faster than slowed traffic while lane splitting, can be dangerous.

4. Take a DMV-approved riding course. “It’s huge. It teaches you a lot of awareness of what to look for,” says Riverside resident Jason Geiger.

5. Brake evenly. About 75 percent of braking power comes from the front brake. Squeeze the front brake progressively and use the rear brake as well, says Jim Bridges, of Riverside Harley-Davidson.


1. Avoid distractions that could cause you to not see motorcyclists. “My No. 1 advice for four-wheel drivers is to stay off of cellphones and pay attention to their surroundings,” former Riverside resident Scott Shepherd said.

2. Double check for motorcyclists. A bike can easily be hidden in a car’s blind spot. In addition to looking at mirrors, turn your head and look.

3. Don’t follow too closely. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating their brake light.

4. Don’t expect a motorcycle to dodge you. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, but not at faster speeds or in poor weather conditions.

5. Assume a motorcycle is closer than it appears. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed.

SOURCES: Motorcycle Safety Foundation, San Bernardino Police Department, interviews with motorcycle riders

--Local News Headlines.ece

--from Rogue

And Loud Pipes Save Lives. Get use to them and celebrate Freedom.--

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HOW TO FIGHT MOTORCYCLE BANS FROM THE AMA—This is from Imre Szauter, AMA government affairs manager. He says, “While private property access is more difficult to secure, in the case of public property, such as Jackson Square or the French Quarter, more can be done to preserve riding freedoms. Here are his tips:

Find out exactly what form the rule takes, whether it’s a covenant, deed, restriction, bylaw or regulation. Then find out specifically what it takes to change it.

Educate fellow homeowners about the rule. Explain to them that it’s unfair to ban motorcycles. Tell them how the restriction effects you. Find out if other bikers live in the area.

Work to alleviate any legitimate issues. If the bike ban is prompted by concerns about noise, propose a uniform vehicle sound rule to replace the motorcycle ban.

Consider contacting the media to focus attention on the problem.

Run for the community association board and encourage other bikers to join in. Don’t try to run as a one-issue candidate. You want to be in favor of the greater well-being of the community.

If you can’t make progress any other way, consider consulting a lawyer. They can sometimes uncover legal precedents for striking dow discriminatory rules. They may vary from state to state, but can give you ammo for negotiating.

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I agree that we need to keep fighting for our freedoms. I was at the ABATE of Maryland booth at the Baltiomore Bike Show this past weekend helping pass out information and sell raffle tickets. I was getting a little frustrated at some of the "Bikers" walking past that couldnt answer what ABATE was.

I loudly said something to one about him being a "Welfare Biker" because he has been living off our work for the past 38 years, to which he answered that he served in the Air Force for 6 years and felt he paid his dues for freedom.

I thanked him for his service, then asked him if he thought his fight for freedom was over and if he was willing to just leave the fight to others. He stood there for a minute, then went over and signed up for membership.

Brandywine, MD
Friday, February 14, 2014
Editor Response Fantastic, well done. We need to find a way, or a new message, to get the point across successfully. We need it now more than ever!

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