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GIVE THANKS SUNDAY POST for November 19th, 2017

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Damn, it’s already that time of the year and the holidays will be gone in a flash.I will give pause all week long to give thanks to all the people who have been a wonderful part of my life this year. We’ve accomplished so much on Bikernet, with bikes, with our headquarters and with the adventures we’ve had the privilege to be apart of. It’s amazing.

That Thanks includes all of our Cantina Subscribers.

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QUICK, BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for November 16, 2017

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What a week? It’s been a scramble and it’s not over. The IMS Long Beach Show is this weekend. Lots of folks in town for the show and we’re having a builder’s party at the headquarters.

I’m not much of a bartender, but I’m doing my best to prep for the builder’s, industry and Hamsters. We will cover the show, give you a report on the industry and tell you about any new models to hit the crowded streets.

It’s never dull.

Read the full news report on Bikernet.com.

Barnett Hydraulic Brake and Clutch Lines

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All new Genuine Barnett hydraulic brake and clutch lines are now available! Designed to match Barnett cables, they are available in Classic Stainless braid, Platinum Series bright silver, black with chrome fittings and Stealth ‘black on black’. These new Barnett brake and clutch lines are available in stock and full custom lengths to fit Harley Davidson, Victory and Indian models through 2018 with ABS lines being available as well. As with genuine Barnett cables, a 24 hour rush service is also available on the brake and clutch line kits. Like all Barnett products, these brake and clutch lines are proudly made in the USA. To order, contact your dealer or order online at www.barnettclutches.com.


Motoauct.com Heads to Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach

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Motoauct.com, the premiere auction site dedicated to vintage motorcycles, will be set up an ready to answer questions at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, on November 17–19. Held at the Long Beach Convention Center, the IMS is one of a series of shows brought to you by Progressive Insurance that features bike demos, stunt shows, seminars, build-offs, and live interviews and shows with local and national motorcycle builders and personalities.

Founded by two vintage motorcycle enthusiasts who understand both auction platforms and the vintage motorcycle world, Motoauct.com is the first site of its kind as a vintage motorcycle only online auction site and it offers big savings over “tent-pole” auction houses. Participation fees are less expensive, and there are no travel or transport expenses to get to market.

“We wanted to make things easy for vintage motorcycle buyers and sellers,” said Jason Delacroix, co-founder of Motoauct.com. “So we’ve transposed the best parts of the auction process to a digital medium. And it’s not just an auction site—it’s a forum that allows vintage enthusiasts to congregate and revel in their mutual passion for old machines. We’ve got a special promo deal to celebrate our launch, and we can’t wait to show the folks in Long Beach what we’re all about.”

Progressive’s International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach is the perfect venue to introduce the motorcycling community to this innovative new commerce platform. The renowned IMS series draws attendees from all over the world, and features of this year’s show in Long Beach include: the Metal Mulisha Fitz Army Riders Stunt Show; demo rides for licensed show goers on machines from Harley-Davidson, BMW, Indian and more; the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show; and much more.

The Motoauct.com team will be set up on-site, interacting with patrons and demonstrating how easy it is for participants to buy and sell on an online, auction-style platform without leaving the comfort of their own home. For a limited time, as a promotion to celebrate the launch of the site and participation in its first motorcycle show, Motoauct.com is offering 60 days’ worth of free listings for registered users. Motoauct.com auctions are interactive, and the social platforms on the site encourage membership and community. The savings Motoauct.com realizes through the elimination of physical overhead gets passed on to buyers.

No more waiting for large auction houses to hold events—people can post, buy, and sell from smart devices at any time. Built with vintage motorcycle buyers, sellers and enthusiasts in mind, Motoauct.com is the future of vintage. Come on down to the Long Beach Convention Center November 17–19 and see for yourself.

Register. Buy. Sell. Socialize. Motoauct.com.

John Kay and Steppenwolf Bring Heavy Metal Thunder to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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Motorcycle and music fans will have the chance to see true living legends at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip this August when John Kay and Steppenwolf bring their heavy metal thunder to the Wolfman Jack Stage on Friday, Aug. 10. Steppenwolf changed the rock ‘n’ roll landscape and the world of motorcycling forever. Their songs featured in the biker culture classic “Easy Rider” became synonymous with riding and rebellion. The official announcement video can be seen here: www.BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

Steppenwolf is the original biker band and is credited with spawning an entire genre of music when singer John Kay coined the term “heavy metal” in the lyrics “heavy metal thunder”. The band’s music gave the world of motorcycling the impetus for many a road trip with anthems that include “Born to be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride.” Classic hits like “Rock Me,” “The Pusher” and “Jupiter’s Child” became engrained in the hearts of bikers everywhere.

“When these guys said ‘Get Your Motors Runnin’, they inspired a movement and became the soundtrack for bike nights, garage sessions and hangouts for generations,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “It just doesn’t get any more authentic than John Kay and Steppenwolf on the largest stage in motorcycling. They are the real deal. This will be the biker event of the year.”

The headlining performance by John Kay & Steppenwolf is the most recent of three huge names to sign on to perform at the Buffalo Chip in 2018. Eric Church is scheduled to perform Wednesday, Aug. 8 followed by Kid Rock on Thursday, Aug. 9. Many more world-class bands will be announced soon.

In additional to musical entertainment, the Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track race will take place in the amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 5. The annual concert and event series, known as the “Best Party Anywhere®,” will begin on Friday, Aug. 3 and run through Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. More information is available and passes may be purchased at BuffaloChip.com.

Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride Announced for August 2020

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A ride celebrating the power, freedom and unity of American women on the centennial of the right to vote

Progress is measured in big and small ways every day. A formative step towards the equality of Women in America was the passage of the 19th amendment of the US constitution allowing American women equal vote in fair and free elections. Progress continues on to this day and will be celebrated in August of 2020 with the Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride. This cross-country ride is dedicated to all women who have fought for equality in the voting booth, in business and in life.

The Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride 2020 (SCMR2020) is a female-centric multi-route cross-country motorcycle ride. The primary routes depart from the West Coast and arrive in Washington, D.C. approximately three weeks later. Major cities across the country will be announced as starting points for rides that will join into a single large group as they roll towards Washington, D.C. The ride will benefit several charities that service female interests across the US, and will be broadly shared via social media and editorial coverage.

Riders will have the option of registering for a nearly all-inclusive three week tour, with other options for shorter rides. Each ride will feature unique points of interest, historic locations and will wrap itself in the majestic scenery of the United States. SCMR2020 is being announced early to inspire women to brush up on riding skills, learn how to ride and to set a goal to join what will surely be an legendary group making a powerful statement.

The event is being managed by Alisa Clickenger of Women’s Motorcycle Tours in partnership with Robert Pandya of SpokesPeople LLC. “I have been hosting rides and events for women for many years after discovering the freedom and sisterhood of riding, and I am humbled and inspired by the Suffragettes,” says Clickenger. “Two summers ago I produced the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride to celebrate the bold American attitude and confidence of the legendary Van Buren Sisters ride in 1916. The Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride is intended to honor and increase the appreciation for how far women have come, and how far we will go.”

“I have been involved in women’s riding initiatives for my entire professional career,” says Pandya. “SCMR2020 is going to be a great and meaningful event, and will arrive in Washington, D.C. with the strength and power that only a women’s ride can deliver. I know that this ride will be transformational for every participant and I know it will inspire women for generations to come.”

Those wanting the latest information on SCMR2020 can sign up for a mailing list at www.centennialride.com . Updates will be sent regularly in the coming months. There will be limited entries into the three-week full ride tour program, with other shorter ride options as well. Registration will start in 2018.

SCMR2020 is open to sponsorships and activation opportunities, and we’ll be tailoring each ride to create the most compelling experience possible for the participants. Interested organizations and companies can connect with the SCMR2020 team at Info@CentennialRide.com and www.centennialride.com

The complete website inclusive of the general route, inspiring stories of female riders, resource listings such as riding schools, female-friendly motorcycle media, apparel guides and more is being developed and will launch in the coming months.

“This is an exciting and epic idea! It’s going to have a lot of moving pieces,” says Clickenger. “I know that our team will deliver a unique and historical ride that will ignite women across the country. I am so excited to once again ride with mothers, daughters and sisters who share the vision and who choose to live an inspired life!”

Funky Panhead Project, Part 2

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In a sense this project is indicative of this time in my life and the life of many bikers everywhere. I asked myself if this should be a life and times story. Let’s see if I can make sense of my life right now.

I’m feeling stress at almost 70 and I don’t get it. Actually I do, but I don’t want to feel anything but nirvana. Hell, I built a motorcycle nirvana right on the coast, across the street from the Port of Los Angeles. But there’s something not right about that. ?They are now calling it America’s Port, yet the port has basically shit on the town adjacent to one of the richest ports in the world.

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Bikernet Event Coverage:Casper Iron

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Chilling on my back porch with the cool evening breeze and sipping some Wyoming Whiskey, I am pondering my recent trip to Casper Wyoming. The annual Casper Iron Swap and Show was my destination. Traveling through Wyoming is always a challenge, snow, wind, rain, burning sun, and road construction are a few of the obstacles that confront you. That’s all in the same day. On this run the one that evaded me and I so direly wished for was the sun. The cool spring and unrelenting rain was chilling me to the bone. But part of the fun of making it out to these events is the personal victoryís one has along the journey. Mine was beating the rain and wind. Wyoming wind has a mind of its own. Cruising north on that black four lane ribbon, one moment the wind would be from my right the next from my left and then straight on. If this damn wind would just make up its mind I could find a grove and lean in to it, or better yet why doesnít it quit. My theory is those big fans they turn on, Wyoming has so many they call them wind farms. But my mind wonders as the Whiskey begins to set in.

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Harley-Davidson And Krawiec Secure NHRA Pro Stock Championship

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Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec locked up his fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship today by qualifying for the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway, giving the team nine of the past 14 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championships.

Krawiec will guide his Harley-Davidson Street Rod competition motorcycle to the starting line for Sunday’s elimination rounds with an insurmountable points lead over his closest rival heading into the last race of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

“This championship was won by the entire Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team,” said Krawiec. “We are a group of individuals who are never happy if we are not winning, and we come to work every day with that goal in mind. It’s so hard to win just one Countdown race against this very competitive field, and to win four of five is just amazing. This is a very gratifying championship.”

The Street Rod competition drag bikes are based on the Harley-Davidson® Street Rod™ production motorcycle, an agile middle-weight powered by the liquid-cooled High Output Revolution X 750 engine tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion.

Krawiec closed out his title run in style, charging to the top of the qualifying order with a 6.781 elapsed time (ET) in the third round of qualifying on Saturday. Krawiec started the weekend with a 150-point lead in the Pro Stock Motorcycle Countdown standings and with bonus points earned in qualifying holds an unsurmountable 156-point advantage heading into Sunday elimination rounds.

Krawiec scored a big win at the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend, and that momentum propelled him into an incredible run in the Countdown playoffs. Krawiec was seeded second for the Countdown and won the opening round at Charlotte on September 17 to take a points lead he would never relinquish as he won four of the five Countdown events leading up to this weekend’s NHRA Finals in Pomona.

“We had a real struggle in the middle of the season trying to get our new motorcycles to work the way we wanted, but I really think that stretch made us better,” said Krawiec. “It caused us to look at every detail of our bikes and our tuning, which ultimately strengthened our program. Everything came together at the right time with the win at Indy.”

Krawiec, who previously won championships in 2008 and in 2011-12, joins five-time champion Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines and six-time winner Dave Schultz as the only racers to claim the title more than three times. Heading into the Pomona elimination rounds, Krawiec is third on the career wins list with 43, trailing Schultz (45) and Hines (47). Krawiec made his NHRA debut in 2004 and joined the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team in 2007. He has won each of his four championships on Harley-Davidson competition motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson and Vance & Hines Motorsports created the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team in 2002 to compete in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle division. In 2004 the team was the first to win the NHRA title with a V-Twin-powered motorcycle.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team is led by Vance & Hines Motorsports owners Byron Hines and Terry Vance and crew chief Matt Hines, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion.