Another wacky day in Paradise.
Christmas is just around the corner, and we have much to be thankful for and look forward to in 2012.
The more I speak to folks inside and outside the political spectrum the more the words Freedom and Balance surface. I've been reading Bill Clinton's recent book, "Back to Work."
I'm still trying to get my arms around the Republican's notion that we can't raise taxes. According to my source inside the California Republican party, we take in plenty of money. We just need to spend it wisely. According to Bill Clinton, that's "heresy." And we need to think, "we're all in this together." He makes some very good points, but there's a glitch.
Fascinating times. The republicans feel that we need to have the freedoms and opportunities to do anything we want to work for. The democrats seem to belief that we should have the right to health care, homes, whatever, whether you want to work for it or not. There needs to be a balance, and somehow our elected officials need to take charge of the bureaucracies,not the other way around. I'm waiting for the answers. We may need to fight harder for balance and freedom next year.
As you will see below, the EPA is now trying to expand their powers world-wide.
Let's hit the news:
BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY NOW OPEN--
The wife has been missing a week now. Police said to prepare for the worst. So, I have been to St Vinnie’s to get all of her clothes back.
Just put a deposit down on a brand new Porsche and mentioned it on Facebook. I said, "I can't wait for the new 911 to arrive!" Next thing I know 4,000 ***king Muslims have added me as a friend!
The Red Cross have just knocked at our door and asked if we could help towards the floods in Pakistan. I said we would love to, but our garden hose only reaches the driveway.
From Dean Kitching and Scott Moore
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN bike club shootings--
Police have confirmed that three men involved in a gun battle outside Paesano restaurant in North Adelaide last night are linked to the notorious Comancheros bikie gang.
A lone gunman approached the three men about 9.45pm and fired a shot from a handgun which shattered a glass desserts cabinet.
The attack is linked to a shooting of Comancheros president Vince Focarelli, who was shot in the leg by an unknown gunman at Munno Para West about midnight on Thursday.
Witnesses said one of the three men seated at the restaurant returned fire, hitting the man in the leg. He fled west on Tynte Street and has yet to seek medical attention.
Assistant Commissioner Grant Stevens said the men were known to each other and this was "not a random shooting". However patrons and North Adelaide residents told of their fear when the gunman struck.
Police said those involved in the shooting were not co-operating with the investigation. Mr Stevens said both men involved in the gunfight were hiding from police and nobody had sought medical treatment. "We are dealing with a group of people who refuse to assist with police investigations and cover up evidence wherever possible. This clearly hinders our ability to properly investigate," he said.
SADDLEMEN MODS TO THE SHRUNKEN FXR--
In a world where over promising and under delivering has become all too common here is a gem I must share. The Bikernet built Shrunken FXR has become my daily rider and needed a couple small adjustments to be just perfect for me.
One detail was the too small seat or the bike was too fast (pick one). So I rode my bike over to meet the nice folks at Saddlemen and see what they could do to help me out with my seat. Upon arriving at the Saddlemen facility I spent time with guys from the front office to the guys in the shop ( all of whom took great interest in my motorcycle and the seat they were going to design and build). I noticed from the get-go these people were all riders. I shouldn't be impressed by that, but there are so many folks in this industry who don't even ride anymore.
We discussed what I needed (lumbar support) and a lip on the edge of the seat to keep me from being bucked off or sliding onto the rear fender. We also discussed the lines of the bike and that in the case of the Shrunken FXR , less was more. After the team and I spent a great deal of time figuring out what we wanted and didn't want I was able to walk around the shop and see the whole seat making process from start to finish. man was I impressed!
We will bring you the whole story in a Bikernet tech article next week.
SAMSON INTRODUCES THE LEGEND SERIES-- “Slashers” Exhaust
Brea, CA- Samson recently introduced their new “Slashers” exhaust, part of their Legend Series (two individual pipes on one side) for most Harley-Davidson Softails. Every exhaust manufactured by Samson is dyno tested before going into mass production for the ultimate in performance. This high performance exhaust system has been designed and tuned to produce maximum horsepower, torque and awesome sound. The removable 2 ½” massive one-piece heat shields are pre-installed and the system is ready to bolt on right out of the box.
Samson has over 675 different styles to choose from and they have all styles available for Harley’s new 2012 model lineup.
Additional Features and Benefits:
• Fits ’95-2012 Harley-Davidson Softail Motorcycles, 2006 and earlier models require O2 sensor plugs, purchased separately
• Fits 2006-2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna models
• Two stepped high performance system produces up to 20% more horsepower
• Equipped with 1 3/4" diameter x 10" long removable baffles
• Awesome deep tone (Listen to it on Samson’s website)
• Available in luxurious chrome or “sinister” black ceramic (special request)
• Mounting hardware included
• Limited 1 year warranty
• MSRP: $699.95
*$629.95 (*If ordering directly off of the internet)
• Listen to the sound of Samson’s exhausts right on their website
• Don’t forget about Bikernet.com viewers special 15% DISCOUNT...order direct from Samson and mention Bikernet.com to qualify
• FREE SHIPPING until the end of the year
Check out Samson Exhaust’s entire product line at www.samsonusa.com
or contact them directly at (888) 572-6766; Samson Exhaust, 655 Tamarack Ave., Brea, CA 92821…email them at email@example.com
Legend Series “Slashers”
Samson Exhausts are not intended for use on noise or pollution controlled vehicles (except those used in organized and sanctioned racing or competition events) when the installation of the same would be in violation of state or federal laws governing noise or emission standards.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON WIND SPLITTER WINDSHIELDS IN NEW SIZES--
A Low-Profile Windshield Shaped to Improve Air Flow and Reduce Wind Noise
MILWAUKEE (December 19, 2011) Now available in new sizes to fit Harley-Davidson
Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide and Trike Models, Wind Splitter windshields from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories are shaped for effective air flow management to enhance rider comfort and reduce wind noise.
The sweeping design complements the shape of the fairing and the inner dash panel, and adds height over a traditional low-profile wind deflector in the center where it counts. The rich smoked finish does not interfere with vision and looks great against any paint color. The easy-to-install Wind Splitter features a center-mount Bar & Shield medallion for a distinctive finishing touch.
Fits 1996-later Electra Glide®, Street Glide® and Trike models.
P/N 57400091 4.5-inch Dark Smoke, $154.95;
P/N 57400092 10-inch Light Smoke, $164.95.
Fits 1998-later Road Glide® models.
P/N 57400093 9-inch Dark Smoke, $154.95;
P/N 57400094 15-inch Light Smoke, $164.95.
For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at www.harley-davidson.com
United Nations - WORLD EXCLUSIVE: EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power In Name of 'Sustainable Development'
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worker looks at oil from the
Deepwater Horizon spill which seeped into a marsh in Waveland, Mississippi
July 7, 2010.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to change how it analyzes
problems and makes decisions, in a way that would give it vastly expanded
power to regulate businesses, communities and ecosystems in the name of
“sustainable development,” the centerpiece of a global United Nations
conference slated for Rio de Janeiro next June.
The major focus of the EPA thinking is a weighty study the agency
commissioned last year from the National Academies of Science. Published
in August, the study, entitled “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA,” cost
nearly $700,000 and involved a team of a dozen outside experts and about
half as many National Academies staff.
Its aim: how to integrate sustainability “as one of the key drivers within
the regulatory responsibilities of EPA.” The panel who wrote the study
declares part of its job to be “providing guidance to EPA on how it might
implement its existing statutory authority to contribute more fully to a
more sustainable-development trajectory for the United States.”
Or, in other words, how to use existing laws to new ends.
According to the Academies, the sustainability study “both incorporates
and goes beyond an approach based on assessing and managing the risks
posed by pollutants that has largely shaped environmental policy since the
It is already known in EPA circles as the “Green Book,” and is frequently
compared by insiders to the “Red Book,” a study on using risk management
techniques to guide evaluation of carcinogenic chemicals that the agency
touts as the basis of its overall approach to environmental issues for the
past 30 years.
At the time that the “Green Book” study was commissioned, in August, 2010,
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson termed it “the next phase of environmental
protection,” and asserted that it will be “fundamental to the future of
Jackson compared the new approach, it would articulate to “the difference
between treating disease and pursuing wellness.” It was, she said, “a new
opportunity to show how environmentally protective and sustainable we can
be,” and would affect “every aspect” of EPA’s work.
By George Russell
ULTIMATE BUILDER CUSTOM BIKE SHOW--
Custom Bikes at Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show... Next show in Detroit on Jan. 6-8, 2012. To get in the game log on to www.ultimatebuilderbikeshow.com
One of my favorite Girls of Bikernet for 2012. They're all in the Cantina waiting for you.
LETTER FROM THE STATION MANAGER--
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year .. . . . . to celebrate great traditions at KJazz.
Throughout the year, KJazz continued to present great live jazz and blues music in the community. Just a few weeks ago, we presented our second annual Jingle Jazz. This years holiday fundraising concert sold out again, which was not surprising given the incredible talent we were fortunate enough to secure.
Kurt Elling and his Quartet headlined, alongside the Luis Conte Ensemble and the John Egizi Quartet with guest Barbara Morrison. This year's concert was special for several reasons. Besides the rare performance by Kurt Elling, it was our first opportunity to welcome back Morrison, who had taken a medical leave of absence from performing and teaching. Barbara sounded as great as ever, and we're all wishing her the best as she continues on the path of recovery.
In addition to our ongoing tradition of providing scholarships to four jazz musicians each year, we also offer opportunities for students to intern at KJazz each semester. Students work in a number of departments at the station from assisting with membership and programming to marketing and production.
As we close out 2011, we celebrate all of the great traditions we have been fortunate enough to continue throughout the year, with the most important being the jazz and blues programming we present and preserve on 88.1 FM and around the world on jazzandblues.org
We are excited to continue these traditions into the New Year, and create new ones with your loyal support. We wish you and your family a happy holiday season and wonderful New Year, and we thank you for making KJazz 88.1 one of the traditions in your life.
Yours in jazz and blues,
IMAGES FROM THE DAVID MANN CHOPPERFEST--
This is an annual event held at the Ventura Fairgrounds. It's about the beginning of biking and chopper era.
The sun came out and it was a nice day eventually. Very good crowd - lots of bikes on display.
All Amazing Photographer for Quick Throttle Magazine
International Editor, Bikernet.com
HARLEY-DAVIDSON SEEKING VOLUNTARY LAYOFFS--
workers at Harley-Davidson Inc. have until the end of the week to decide whether to accept voluntary layoffs.
The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer is seeking to cut an unspecified number of jobs as part of new labor agreements that go into effect April 1, 2012.
Notices seeking voluntary layoffs went out to employees earlier this month.
“We are seeking voluntary layoffs from the work force, a process that ends this week,” Harley-Davidson spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim said. “We will then assess our needs, as involuntary layoffs may not even be necessary. We are advising employees of the process, not of any specific involuntary layoffs.”
The layoffs are tied to new contracts that allow Harley-Davidson to reduce its full-time hourly unionized work force in its Milwaukee-area facilities to as few as 700 employees, about 250 fewer than required under the existing contract.
Unions representing Harley-Davidson production workers in the Milwaukee area and Tomahawk ratified three new 7-year labor contracts in 2010. The new contracts were negotiated after Harley-Davidson considered shifting production outside Wisconsin.
The job reductions under the new contract are “unpleasant,” Roland Walter, president of United Steelworkers Local 2-209 told me in a recent interview. The union represents about 1,000 active hourly workers at Harley-Davidson facilities in the Milwaukee area, including the powertrain production facility in Menomonee Falls.
Harley-Davidson consolidated local powertrain production operations at the Menomonee Falls site, a move that led to the shutdown of the company’s Wauwatosa plant.
Business News Journal
MOTORCYCLE NOISE LAW SINKS--
December 21, 2011 5:20 PM NORTH HAMPTON - Police Chief Brian Page took some heat last year, first for opposing a petitioned warrant article to curtail motorcycle noise in town, and later for refusing to enforce the ordinance after voters passed it by a 2-1 margin. Based on several legal opinions, Page said, police and the town could face legal action if they tried to enforce a lower noise threshold than state law allows.
Page has been vindicated now that a Rockingham County Superior Court judge granted a permanent injunction against the town enforcing the ordinance. The ruling was prompted by an action filed by Seacoast Motorcycles Inc., a Harley-Davidson dealer on Lafayette Road, which claimed that because there is a state law governing motorcycle noise, no town can enact a standard that is more restrictive.
"The court agrees with the plaintiff and finds that the subject of motorcycle noise is preempted by the state and that, since the state has not authorized the town to regulate motorcycle noise, the town has no legal authority to adopt or enforce the ordinance," Judge Kenneth McHugh wrote in his Dec. 9 decision.
Page, noting he has not yet seen the court order, told the Hampton Union he never doubted the outcome of the case, which centered on an ordinance that would have required motorcycles driving through or located in town to have mufflers that complied with the federal EPA standard of 80 decibels. State law allows 106 decibels.
Page has supported efforts to lower the decibel limit in state law.
"In addition," Page said, "I want to get out (the fact) that a number of the Seacoast police chiefs and members of the State Police look forward to continuing to work with the riders, the New Hampshire Auto Dealers' Association, the Seacoast HOG chapter, the New Hampshire Motorcycle Rights Organization and, of course, the General Court, in order to come up with state legislation that will make it easier and more efficient for law enforcement to test the compliance of the sound levels of motorcycle exhaust."
One of those involved in the legislative push is state Rep. Michele Peckham, R-North Hampton.
Peckham is a sponsor of House Bill 1442, due to be introduced in 2012 and scheduled for a Feb. 7 hearing in Concord. The bill would lower the state's motorcycle noise limit to the federal standard, beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
Peckham told town leaders earlier this year that three attempts by members of the New Hampshire Legislature in the past four years to reduce motorcycle noise have failed. She called the opposition from the powerful motorcycle lobby opposed to lowering the decibel limit "fierce."
Peckham said the bill was written not to go into effect until 2013 because the motorcycle community and motorcycle dealers have said replacing mufflers would be a great expense. "That grandfathers every motorcycle on the road today (that is compliant with the state's 106-decibel standard and) allows motorcycle dealers time to deplete their inventories," she said.
Peckham said her bill also requires that any motorcycle brought in for servicing after the legislation's effective day would have to have EPA-compliant mufflers put on at that time.
She urged those who supported the town's motorcycle noise ordinance, which passed at the North Hampton's Town Meeting in May 2010, to support her legislation.
Among those now supporting Peckham's legislation is Larry Miller.
Miller, who is now on the Select Board, and his wife, former state Rep. Judith Day, were prime movers in getting the town ordinance passed. Miller said it would be better to support Peckham's bill than for the town to appeal the court ruling on the town motorcycle noise ordinance.
"Whether she'll be successful in getting the necessary support is still a question," Miller said.
Town Administrator Steve Fournier said he had just read the court decision and that he needed to discuss any further action on the case with the Select Board and town attorney. However, he called the decision "pretty cut and dried."
"I'm not sure on what grounds we could appeal, but we have to talk to our legal counsel about that," he said.
--By Shir Haberman www.seacoastonline.com
ANOTHER NORWEGIAN BIKE HEADED TO HOT BIKE--
This one will be in Hot Bike soon. He is a farmer, and the blond is his wife.
WE ARE TURNING INTO THE NANNY NATION--
Danger! Danger! It is all around us and while I don't believe in putting people in harms way, I do think we are becoming a Nanny state. Recently Judy Wilson and her estranged husband sued Harley-Davidson for lack of ABS on their 2008 RoadGlide led to an accident they were involved in.
They argued that because there was an ABS idiot light on the tachometer they assumed the bike was equipped with the safety feature when it wasn’t. In a rare case of sensibility, the jury in this case sided with Harley-Davidson in that the couple had failed to learn their motorcycle before riding it. I'm all for safety gadgets but I rarely rely on them.
Instead I put my trust into my abilities and myself. If that means I have to back off the throttle while my friends tear through the twisting curves of a canyon so be it. I know what my bike and I are capable of and my days of having to prove anything are long behind me.
To me it is a mindset. The safety features of my bike and vehicles are not in case I get into an accident but rather for if someone gets into an accident with me. I do everything I can to prevent myself from getting into an accident. It means being alert. It means knowing my machine. It means taking courses to improve my riding.
ABS is a great thing but really is a useless invention. Study after study has shown that threshold braking is far more efficient and will stop you faster than ABS. The problem is that threshold braking requires practice; it requires spending time in an empty parking lot learning to do something instead of just riding to the local Timmies Coffee Shop. The same can be said about a lot of things. Riding in the rain means gearing up and getting wet, it means spending hours riding slow until you learn how you and your motorcycle will react in the rain.
To me bumps and bruises are a part of life. They are life lessons that have to be learned--not an excuse to sue someone. They make us aware of our surroundings, aware of others around us. We didn't learn to walk in a single try but yet we rely on technology to let us run before we can crawl. As we tick down the last year of the Mayan Calendar we have to wonder where we, as a society, will go forward. Personally, I think the single greatest tragedy that could happen to our society is the loss of electricity. All of the technology that so many of us have become reliant on will quickly run down and the buffer zone that technology offered will be gone. The Nanny state will be gone and we will have to fend for ourselves and only the strongest will survive.
-bad Uncle Monkey
DON'T CHANGE YOUR OIL OFTEN--
Many automobile owners are spending more than they need on motor oil, believing that it should be changed every 3,000 miles even though almost no manufacturer requires such an aggressive oil-change schedule.
The long-held notion that the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles is so prevalent that California officials have launched a campaign to stop drivers from wasting millions of gallons of oil annually because they have their vehicles serviced too often.
"Our survey data found that nearly half of California drivers are still changing their oil at 3,000 miles or even sooner," said Mark Oldfield, a spokesman for the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery, which has launched the Check Your Number campaign to encourage drivers to go with the manufacturer's recommendations.
Improvement in oils, friction proofing and car engines have lengthened the oil-change interval, typically 7,500 miles to 10,000 miles for most vehicles.
Changing motor oil according to manufacturer specifications would reduce motor-oil demand in California by about 10 million gallons a year, the agency said. The state has created a website, checkyournumber.org, where drivers can look up the suggested motor-oil change interval number for their vehicles.
The agency and other groups said slashing motor-oil consumption would be good for the environment and won't hurt the longevity or reliability of autos.
BUT WAIT--From Spectro
This has been around for years, we still recommend 3k for mineral, 5k for semi syn and 7k for full syn or once a year. Oil technology has greatly improved in the last 10 years, but oils will become contaminated with ethanol (gas is leaked past the piston rings) along with acids and other contaminates. In a perfect world synthetic oils will last 30k+, however they will become contaminated long before they wear out. Changing oil is the best low cost way to protect engines.
Sturgis Freedom Fighters
There's another side of this equation. Used oil can be recycled and used again for lots of things, from making plastic components, to pure diesel fuels. Nothing is wasted anymore.--Bandit
TECH QUESTION REGARDING JIM'S TWIN-CAM ENGINES THROUGH DEALERSHIPS--
I am interested in the Confederate 120 & 131 bike currently, and know it's JIMS providing the motors. I want some detailed data of the motors but can not approach thru website.
There're some of novice's questions and hope getting answers here.
1. Are the "twin cam" motors of 131 Hellcat and 120 Fighter/Wraith OHV fuel arrangement?
2. The motor performance of max. power? @ ? rpm of the 131 and 120 motors?
I'll appreciate if any of you can give me the anwsers.
We put him in touch with Paul Platts at JIMS.
BIKER'S CHOICE CHRISTMAS GREETING--
We here at Biker’s Choice would like to wish each and every single one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We have had a phenomenal year, and are looking forward to 2012 being even better!!!
With your support, we can achieve this. Enjoy your family, all the food and just the joy of the
season. Give thanks to all that you have. Please remember our Service Men and Women who are still serving abroad whom can’t be home with their families during the holiday season.
--The biker’s choice crew
Now available here on Bikernet! Click to order securely through Paypal.
TERRY THE TRAMP BOOK REVIEW--
Finished the book a few days ago. Gotta admit, I had a hard time putting it down. All I can say is I wanted more. You had to keep the story moving and there is obviously a lot that can't be published.
You definitely depicted Terry as a guy being pulled to death and in a serious conflict. I'll say I loved the way you positioned the history of Harley, the evolutions of clubs from outcasts to outlaws. I wanted more. More details of what was going on in his head, his son's head, his girlfriend's head, and the club itself. What an agonizing trip this cat was on. Wouldn't trade places for anything - ever. You made your promise of not being disappointed come true.
I really enjoyed the book and look forward to other publications from this author.
Thanks for the inscription and read!
House of Thunder Harley-Davidson
D&D PIPES HIT THE ULTIMATE BUILDER CIRCUIT--
Eric Roland rolled out his 2009 HD Softail Springer in Seattle for the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike. His exhaust pipe of choice? D&D Performance Enterprises’ 2-into-1 Fat Cat exhaust pipe.
Why? Show chrome, fit and finish and… sound. D&D delivers soul satisfying tone. It delivers that boulevard groove that we are all looking for… Check them out at www.danddexhaust.com
. Eric took 3rd place in a very competitive show.
THE ACE CAFÉ 2012 CALENDAR--
Please find below bike listings for 2012:
a) Special Operations (one-offs)
b) Regular Monthly Meets
ACE CAFE LONDON SPECIAL OPERATIONS BIKES – 2012
Date Time Event
01.01.2012 11.00 The Hangover Meet
08.01.2012 All Day Bike Day
15.01.2012 All Day Bike Day
22.01.2012 All Day Australia Day
29.01.2012 All Day Rockers Day & AJS & Matchless Meet
05.02.2012 All Day 59 Club Renewal Day
12.02.2012 All Day Singles “Thumper” Sunday + MAG “Fred Hill” Ride-Out
19.02.2012 All Day Overland & Adventure Tour Bike Day
26.02.2012 All Day Flat Tracker & Mud Pluggers Day
04.03.2012 All Day Trike Day in aid of N.A.B.D.
11.03.2012 All Day Classic Bike Day
18.03.2012 08.00 Ride-Out to Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Run (Brighton)
18.03.2012 All Day Honda CX & GL – Wing Ding Meet
25.03.2012 All Day Scooter Sunday + Vespa Club GB 60th Anniversary + Raleigh
31.03.2012 09.00 Sidecar Saturday + Watsonian Squire Centennial
01.04.2012 All Day Suzuki Sunday
08.04.2012 All Day BSA + Norton & Classic Bike Day
09.04.2012 10.30 Southend Shakedown Run
15.04.2012 All Day Honda Day + Monkey Bike Meet
22.04.2012 All Day Kawasaki Sunday
29.04.2012 All Day Two-Stroke “Blue Haze” Day – 40th Anniversary of KH 750
& GT 750
06.05.2012 All Day Italian Bike Day
07.05.2012 08.00 Ride-Out to Battle of Hastings Run
13.05.2012 All Day BMW Bike Day
20.05.2012 09.00 Ride-Out to BMF Show - Peterborough
20.05.2012 All Day Green Day – Electric & Alternative Vehicles
27.05.2012 All Day RBLRB Day (Royal British Legion Riders Branch)
03.06.2012 All Day Mad Sunday with SERV
04.06.2012 10.30 Margate Meltdown Run
10.06.2012 All Day Triumph Bike Day – Triumph’s 110th Anniversary
17.06.2012 08.00 Ride-Out to the Banbury Run
17.06.2012 12.00 Polish Bike Day
24.06.2012 All Day Triton & Cafe Racer Day + AJS & Matchless Club 60th Anniversary
01.07.2012 All Day Fireblade Day
02.07.2012 18.00 Ride-Out to Ludgershall Bike Night - Buckinghamshire
07.07.2012 All Day Diamond Day – NCC Custom Bike Show
08.07.2012 All Day Yamaha Day
15.07.2012 All Day 70’s Bike Day
22.07.2012 All Day Royal Enfield Review
29.07.2012 09.30 Ride-Out to Brent Cross Streetfighter & Stunt Festival
29.07.2012 All Day Shaftdrive Sunday
05.08.2012 All Day GSXR Sunday
12.08.2012 All Day VMCC Day
19.08.2012 All Day Ladies Day – Bring What Ya Run
26.08.2012 All Day Harley & Buell Bash
02.09.2012 All Day Vintage Japanese Bike Day
07.09.2012 18.00 Ace Cafe Reunion Weekend – Continental Run Ride-In
08.09.2012 All Day Ace Cafe Reunion Weekend Party & London Ride-Out
09.09.2012 10.30 Brighton Burn-Up
16.09.2012 All Day Cruiser Bike Day
23.09.2012 All Day Fizzy Special
30.09.2012 All Day 59 Club Day
07.10.2012 All Day Honda Hornet Swarm
14.10.2012 All Day Brit V’s Day
21.10.2012 All Day Red Oktober – Eastern Bloc Special
28.10.2012 All Day Rat Bike Review
04.11.2012 All Day Ton Up Day – England Expects!
11.11.2012 All Day Poppy Day Parade & Service – Military Vehicle Meet
18.11.2012 All Day Super Moto & Scramblers
25.11.2012 All Day Ariel “Founders Day” & Classic Bikes
02.12.2012 All Day Ace Cafe Club Day
09.12.2012 11.00 Xmas Toy Run
16.12.2012 10.30 Paws n’ Claws Pet Food Run
16.12.2012 19.00 Xmas Carol Service
23.12.2012 All Day Bike Day
26.12.2012 10.00 Cold Turkey Meet
30.12.2012 All Day Bike Day
MONHTLY MEETS WEEKDAYS FROM 6pm
1st Monday German Night +Auto Scoots + BMF + WIMA + London Bikers
2nd Wednesday Brit Bike Night with Triumph + Royal Enfield OC
1st Thursday Mod n’ Mini (Classic Scooters)
2nd Thursday Italian Night + M.A.G.
3rd Thursday Super Moto + XJR OC + N.A.B.D. + Scooters
Last Thursday Harley Night
1st Friday Bike Night + Streetfighters
2nd Friday Bike Night + Bandits (BOCGB)
3rd Friday Bike Night + Rockers n’ Classics
Last Friday Bike Night + Performance & Fast Bikes
Seasons Greetings & Kind Regards
Tel: ++44 (0)20 8961 1000
Fax: ++44 (0)20 8965 0161
Ace Cafe London
North Circular Road
SUPER SECRET STURGIS SEMINAR AT SCROGGIE SECURE CONTROL CENTER--
If for any reason you include in the Thursday post the fact that a top level meeting was conducted within the double-walled, super-insulated interior of a secret conference room at the downtown Los Angeles offices of Bikernet attorney Robin Scroggie, please include: www.scroggielaw.com
Maybe a few readers will click on and give the new site a little extra traffic.
The meeting revolved around our attorney's lot in Sturgis which is now the Bikernet/Cycle Source Garage Lot for Sturgis. Hang on for more reports. It will be rockin' for the Rally.
BIKERNET 5-BALL WHEELER WACING WEPORT--
The Salt Shaker is alive. Hell, the spyke starter barely turns before it fires to life. We should be on the road this weekend. Amazing, it will be in the 70s on Christmas Eve.
Dr. Willie was the prominent mechanic on the job. I watched and took notes.
Hell, it doesn't even leak. We don't even know what we did to correct the problem. We immediately changed the fluids with fresh quarts of Spectro oils.
Wheeler Street Dyna
We are so close to wrapping up the Street Dyna build with the Dark Horse Lower End, the RevTech Top End, the Branch head work, Fueling Cams, Harley-Davidson cases, high-flow oil pump, and Fueling lifters and pushrods. We needed a handful of additional parts and since we are receiving Bonne Belle parts from Departure Bike Works, in Richmond, we reached out to Lee for some used parts, like lifter stools, cam cover, and pushrod tubes.
He hooked us up, and the final parts are on their way with the final load of Bonne Belle components. As soon as they arrive, we will haul them to Bennett's Performance for the full-on build. We will bring you a complete report.
The remainder of the parts are on their way from Departure Bike Works, and just the other day I stole the super slim Spitfire gas tank off the my Son's Mudflap girl bike to use on this 45 flathead Bonneville racer. I was always concerned about gas capacity on Frank's bike, so this solves two problems. I needed something super aerodynamic for the Bonne Bell, and this one hits the spot.
Frank and I will pick a replacement from the Paughco catalog and we'll be all set.
All New Cantina Membership with discounts. Click on the image for more info.
Bandit's Cantina Back Stage Membership Benefits--New Discounts
How come there is not a discount on Aeromach products for members?
Oh yeah, because I never told you about it," Paul Aiken said. "Let's do it! How about 15% off for your members?
Merry Christmas to you and the whole disturbed crew!"
--By Wrench for Ray Wheeler
Bikernet Performance Editor
V.P. of Cantina Membership
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THE LUCAS CODE--
The Lucas Electric motto: "Get home before dark."
Lucas denies having invented darkness. But they still claim "sudden, unexpected darkness."
Lucas--inventor of the first intermittent wiper
Lucas--inventor of the self-dimming headlamp
The three-position Lucas switch--DIM, FLICKER and OFF. The other three switch settings--SMOKE, SMOLDER and IGNITE.
The original anti-theft devices--Lucas Electric products
"I've had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never experienced any prob....
If Lucas made guns, wars would be obsolete
Did you hear about the Lucas-powered torpedo? It sank.
It's not true that Lucas, in 1947, tried to get Parliament to repeal Ohm's Law. They withdrew their efforts when they met too much resistance.
Did you hear the one about the guy that peeked into a Land Rover and asked the owner "How can you tell one switch from another at night, since they all look the same?"
He replied, “It doesn't matter which one you use; nothing happens anyway!"
Back in the '70s Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered that didn't suck.
Quality Assurance phoned and advised the engineering guy at Lucas that they had trouble with his design shorting out. So he made the wires longer.
Why do the English drink warm beer? Lucas refrigerators.
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.
Joseph Lucas invented the short circuit.
Recommended procedure before taking on a repair of Lucas equipment: check the position of the stars, kill a chicken and walk three times sunwise around your car chanting: "Oh mighty Prince of Darkness, protect your unworthy servant."
Lucas systems actually use AC current; it just has a random frequency.
A collection of Prince of Darkness jokes
(courtesy of Paul Mossberg, New Jersey Replicar Club)
--from Josh Placa
20th Century TV, Dana Walden, Gary Newman, holiday card--
Sons of Anarchy Once again, 20th Century Fox TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman turned to one of the studio’s biggest hits for inspiration in creating their annual holiday video card.
This time, the duo are channeling their inner bikers in a Sons Of Anarchy-themed video written by series’ creator Kurt Sutter and featuring the cast of the hit FX drama, co-produced with FX Prods. Like the Modern Family spoof 2 years ago, written by series’ co-creator Steve Levitan, and the Glee video last year, written by co-creator Ian Brennan and directed by co-creator Ryan Murphy, the new card too revolves around actors and writers’ favorite topic around the holidays — getting more money.
By NELLIE ANDREEVA
SAME BULLSHIT, DIFFERENT DAY--
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, Public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be Tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should Be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to
Work, instead of living on public assistance."
- Cicero - 55 BC
--from Keith Wahl
HERE IS THURSDAY DEAL FROM THE BIKERNET CLASSIFIEDS! A 1993 FXR LOW RIDER!
Forward controls, One piece drag bars, Short drag pipes, Custom seat, Sissy bar with pad. One of the best bikes Harley-Davidson ever made! Put it under your Christmas tree for $5500!
GO CHECK IT OUT AT THE BIKERNET CLASSIFIEDS, WHERE THE ADVENTURE IS JUST WAITING TO BEGIN!
--MIKE the STEALTH
Check the Charlie Wagner tale by Pablo.
BIKERNET UNIVERSITY STILL OPEN FOR MISCREANTS WHO USE THE WRONG BROGUE--
brogue \brohg\, noun:
1. Any strong regional accent.
2. An Irish accent in the pronunciation of English.
3. A durable, comfortable, low-heeled shoe, often having decorative perforations and a wing tip.
4. A coarse, usually untanned leather shoe once worn in Ireland and Scotland.
6. A fraud; trick; prank.
“Nothing like hair of the dog that bit ya, as long as it's green hair,” he said in that brogue that was getting old.
-- Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
His brogue grew less heavy, his speech more formal, tailoring it to his audience.
-- James Rollins, The Doomsday Key
Brogue originally referred to a type of shoe worn by rural Irish and Scottish highlanders. The word came to be associated with the accent of these people by the early 1700s.
LIFESTYLE DEAL OF THE WEEK, 2008 KING--ULTIMATE STOCKING STUFFER! ONLY $12,995.00!--
Here's a really clean Heritage Softail that's ready to hit the road ... and with just over 4800 miles, it's like brand new! It's got a powerful 88 cubic inch motor, 5-speed transmission, high-flow HD air cleaner, HD saddlebags, padded sissy bar, 8" mini ape hangers, battery tender, quick release windshield hardware, and much, much more!
Like all of LifeStyle Cycles pre-owned Harleys, this bike has been thoroughly tested and inspected by a LifeStyle Cycles technician after undergoing a rigorous 38-point motorcycle inspection.
Vitamin D FOR THE HOLIDAY FROM BIKERNET--
Vitamin D is an essential micronutrient with a central role in maintaining health. I recommend prudent daily sun exposure to support the natural production of vitamin D in our skin as one of the best ways to get enough of this vitamin. But with decreased daylight hours in the winter, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Decreased or insufficient levels of vitamin D have been linked to:
* Suppressed immunity - Our innate systems of defense may not function efficiently without adequate vitamin D, allowing increased susceptibility to infectious agents.
* Increased risk of chronic disease - Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with a higher than normal risk of heart disease and several kinds of cancer.
* Heightened inflammation - Vitamin D is a key cofactor in regulating inflammation throughout the body.
Speak with your doctor about checking vitamin D levels and if supplementing may be indicated.
Mad Fabs Vol. 6! The newest offering from the original Kustom Kulture filmmaker Piero de Luca!
Southern California has always been the hot bed for Custom Culture and in this issue of MAD FABRICATORS SOCIETY we hang by the beach, cruise the strip and meet up with some of SoCal’s coolest car builders, artist and the original guys that paved the Kustom roads. We also ride along with Norway’s Coupe Devils as they take us to some of the best car shows over seas!
Featured in this amazing DVD: Tim Sutton _ Photographer / "De Linc Went"
Brad Masterson - Kustom Builder / Monster Painter / 51 Chevy / 1923 Ford Roadster
Dean Jeffries - Legend
Bill Hines - Legend
Scott Miller - 1931 Ford Coupe
Rudi Hillebrand - 1930 Ford Coupe
Greg Beck - 1951 Mercury Survivor
John Mearns - 1936 Ford 3 window Coupe
Jim Weems - 1931 Ford Coupe Survivor "Little Monster"
Lynn Bird - 1927 Ford Roadster "Surf Kart"
Jerami Schoeman - 1956 Ford Pick Up Survivor "Lil Nugget"
Chris Casny - 1930 Ford Coupe
Ian Berky - 1951 Chevy
Eric Warner - 1930 Ford Roadster Survivor "Aldon Calkins Roadster"
Grand National Roadster Show - California
LongBeach Motorama - California
Adventures of The Coupe Devils Norway:
Coupe Devils Rod and Kustom Bonanza Car Show - Norway
Viking Run & Fun at Kala Raceway Car Show - Norway
Jokers Car & Bike Show - Sweden
A-Bombers Old Style Weekend Hill Climb - Sweden
X-Treme car show - Finland
Running time: 3 HOURS on two discs!!
Region: 0 (ALL regions guaranteed - USA, Europe, Japan OK!)
Filed under best Hot Rod DVDs, best hot rod movie category.
--from Zack and Scott
AUCTION OF THE WEEK--
A Sale of Important Motorcycles and Related Memorabilia
January 12th, 2012
The Auto Collections
at The Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino
Related Memorabilia: 10am
Wednesday January 11
10am to 6pm
Thursday January 12
9am to 12pm
HELMET LAW GETTING A NEW LOOK IN THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION--
Those who rejoiced in thinking the motorcycle helmet issue was over should steer clear of S.C. Sen. Ralph Anderson, D-Greenville. He has proposed a bill to require riders of all ages to wear helmets while in South Carolina, where . S1046 was pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session on Dec. 5, and referred to the Senate’s Transportation Committee the same day.
Signs like this one on U.S. 17 South are posted at each entrance to the City of Myrtle Beach. The SC Legislature is contemplating changing the state's helmet law so that everyone has to wear one.
Myrtle Beach candidates tackle a variety of issues this year A smorgasbord of issues lies before Myrtle Beach voters this year, say candidates for city council. Bill seeks to regulate mo-peds Bill seeks to regulate mo-peds Kelly Hudak and Bruce LaFollette sold their sport utility vehicle for a black 125 cc mo-ped last month. The point of pre-filing is to make sure the bill is taken up for discussion early in the session that begins Jan. 10.
There will be public hearings while the bill is in the subcommittee and again if it reaches the Senate floor, though none has been scheduled yet. Grand Strand-area senators Yancey McGill, D-Kingstree, and Luke Rankin, R-Myrtle Beach, both of whom are on the Senate Transportation Committee, could not be reached Wednesday for comment. Anderson won’t know whether his Senate colleagues support the bill until it goes to the floor for discussion, but he said he has already heard from some members of the public. “I’ve heard from parents and friends of people who have been hurt or killed,” he said. “There are so many people dying.” He has also heard from riders who want to remain able to make their own choice.
Myrtle Beach’s helmet law was part of a multilaw effort designed to push the May motorcycle rallies outside city limits. It was the most unpopular in a bundle of changes, which included a revamped noise ordinance, a rule against using the city’s name to promote unauthorized events and several other regulations.
Surfside Beach didn’t enact a helmet rule but moved to curb the rallies’ impact by reducing the availability of permits for motorcycle-related vendors during May, as did Horry County. The rallies, which were estimated to draw more than 300,000 during the Harley event in mid-May and Atlantic Beach Bikefest, always held over the Memorial Day weekend, were too big and too loud, the city said.
Although Myrtle Beach City Council members enacted their changes after a college student was shot and killed during an argument over a parking space during Bikefest -- though not by bikers -- city residents had been complaining for years. The city tried to work with the rally organizers, but organizers were unwilling to compromise, both sides have acknowledged.
Several groups sued the city over the helmet law, and it went to the Supreme Court in February 2010. The high court didn’t issue its ruling until June of that year, allowing two rally seasons to come and go with the helmet law in place. Combined with the efforts of Surfside and Horry County, and those of the bikers and rally supporters who had agreed to boycott the city did so, by the time the court ruled, the rallies, which still take place outside the city, had dwindled substantially.
Corbin Partners Up With V-Twin Marketing--
Hollister, CA – Corbin, the leading premium motorcycle saddle manufacturer in the world, has hired V-Twin Marketing to assist with their advertising, marketing and PR efforts. Mike Corbin, President and founder of Corbin stated, “We chose V-Twin Marketing due to their marketing strengths, well executed PR campaigns and their total dedication to the motorcycle market.”
“We are taking Corbin to the next level and feel that Rick’s industry relations, among his many other talents, will help propel us forward”, added Corbin.
“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with Mike Corbin and his incredible marketing staff," said Rick, "and look forward to assisting them spread the word about Corbin world-wide!” Corbin added, “We feel very comfortable entrusting V-Twin Marketing with our marketing and public relations needs and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
For those interested in obtaining more information on Corbin, you can reach them at 831-634-1100 or check them out online at www.corbin.com
. To reach V-Twin Marketing, please call them at 714-280-8537 or email Rick Raus directly at Rick@vtwinmarketing.com
MERRY CHRISTMAS GODDAMMIT--
First a sidebar on the American Chopper Build-off. That show rated higher than the Sons of Anarchy season finale. So the execs at Discovery were pleased. They also have another show planned for Jesse, but it will revolve around fabrication, not motorcycles. It may also find its center revolving around the Austin Speed Shop.
We will see what happens next. It's going to be a damn exciting year for the Bikernet Crew. I'm going to try like hell to spend an entire day this weekend working on my Son's Mudflap Girl FXR. Wait, I need to work on putting the patio area back together. We have new neighbors, an LAPD Impound Investigations Yard--WTF. They expanded the area we have for our patio. Plus, tomorrow is my first and last day for Christmas shopping. What the hell am I going to do?
One of the next techs will cover Mr. Lucky's weld on kick stand installation.
We may still have Ray's 97-inch Twin Cam put together before the end of the year. He had to blast back to San Jose to testify for his son in court--a minor issue. But then hopefully just after the first, he will blast north once more with his fresh Bennett's built engine.
Hell, I could write about our projects for a week. I'm also trying to build the lovely Nyla a deck alongside the building. I have all the elements in line. It was intended to be her Xmas present, but we are waiting for the guys next door to finish pouring a new concrete slab beside their building. We are going to roll a crane into their yard, and hoist a 20-foot container over their building and into our yard. Then we'll build a deck on top of it.
We will bring you a report, as it's completed. I hope she likes her present. Hang on.