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Police Violate Fourth Amendment Rights In Routine Traffic Stop of Club Member

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A December 2016 traffic stop in Austin, Texas, is getting lots of views on social media lately. In a video posted on the Motorcycle Profiling Project’s Facebook page1 a motorcycle club member is detained after a police officer observed him neglecting to use a turn signal on his motorcycle. That traffic violation amounted to probable cause to pull the motorcycle rider over. Once detained, the traffic stop took on a whole new perspective.

A traffic stop in essence is a seizure because the driver is not allowed to leave after committing a traffic violation. Once detained, certain Fourth Amendment rights apply to the rider regarding search and seizure. Almost at the top of the video the officer explains that the rider is not under arrest and he is not going to receive a citation. At that point, unless the officer observed any other criminal activity, had reasonable suspicion that the rider had committed a crime or was about to commit a crime, the rider should have been free to leave.

Instead, the law enforcement officer insisted on taking photographs of the rider, including asking him to remove his vest and shirt so any chest or back tattoos could be photographed. When this video appeared, there was instant outrage at the police activity, accusations of profiling, and many questions about the legality of this traffic stop and the photographing of the rider.
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Yamaha Niken comes to Bikernet

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A New Kind of Three-Wheeled Thriller
Yamaha Niken 2019 is promoted as a Revolutionary Leaning Multi-Wheeler
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Yamaha NIKEN is a one of its kind product, which was officially unveiled at 2017 Tokyo Moto Show. It is a totally new concept in the motorcycle industry with unique carving abilities. NIKEN is a Leaning Multi-Wheeler powered by a 3-cylinder 847cc engine which is good for 115 HP of maximum power and 87.5 NM of maximum torque.

Niken allows everything you want to do with a motorcycle on the road with the dexterity of three wheels and a unique advance leaning technology.




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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 new 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 Specter 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 Austin 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.

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Valentino Rossi — Life of a Legend

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From the day he was born into a racing family on February 16, 1979, Rossi was destined for racing greatness. Rossi started his international racing career in 1996, riding for Aprilia in the 125cc class, and won his first World Championship the following year. Rossi’s career would see him go on to win nine Grand Prix World Championships, score 87 wins in 500cc/MotoGP, and many more accolades.

This visual biography covers this incredible racer’s journey, his victories, rivalries, and transitions from brand to brand. See his incredible battles against the likes of Max Biaggi, Sete Ginbernau, and Dani Pederosa, and why they inspired three films (Faster, Fastest, Hitting the Apex).

Get to know Rossi’s incredible charm and wit, and why he has achieved rock-star status among racing fans.

Michael Scott writes brilliantly about people, including the well-reviewed Barry Sheene: Motorcycle Racing’s Jet-set Superstar, as well as biographies of Valentino Rossi and Wayne Rainey. He is a long-time MotoGP correspondent and the editor of the annual Motocourse series. He lives in London.

Valentino Rossi

Motorbooks · January 2, 2018
$35.00US · 192 pages· Hardcover

THE CUBAN ESCAPE SUNDAY POST for December 10, 2017

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Just returned from Cuba, which is the size of Florida.It’s ridiculous we didn’t end up with that island, but we fucked it up. Unlike England we have never been good at governing outside entities. Take a look at what we are doing in Porto Rico and Haiti. Ridiculous. Both of these places should be beautiful and represent the quality of America, but our government never took the class or failed and never took it again.

Here’s another wild point. Here’s a country the size of Florida with little or no EPA restrictions. So, it’s okay for our government to restrict the living shit out of our lives and put whole industries out of business for the planet, and well, you get the picture.

Otherwise the Cuban people are cool but confused. They’ve been told a line of crap by Fidel for 55 years, that rich people are bad, so nobody in Cuba is rich except Fidel. It wasn’t until he died that a person could own their home. Doctors make so little they drive a cab after hours to make enough money. Crazy.

Let’s get to the news. Just recently folks in Cuba can now get entertainment from the outside world including CNN. Let’s see what happens next.


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David Mann Chopperfest Rescheduled

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Hello Vendors, Builders, Artists, Partners and Sponsors,
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.

Paul Yaffe Featured Builder for Art of the Ride Exhibit at Phoenix Airport Museum

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Paul Yaffe is the featured builder in Art of the Ride, a motorcycle-themed exhibit at the Phoenix Airport Museum running until the end of May 2018.

Combining photography, painting, and custom motorcycle builds and parts, Art of the Ride is a celebration of the passion and attitude that embodies motorcycle culture. The exhibit will feature two of Paul’s most-famous, spectacular builds: The Copper Chopper and Prodigy.
“I never would have thought my tinkering with motorcycles would lead to the kind of recognition I’ve received,” said Paul Yaffe. “But I’ve just followed my passion for bikes, and this is where it’s led me. I’m gratified and grateful to be featured in this great show.”
Aptly named, Prodigy sprung from the fertile mind of Paul Yaffe and was the product of much hammering, bending and machining of metal. It won the 2000 Roadster Show in Oakland, CA (the third straight year Paul won it), and even had a HOTWHEELS toy made after it.

The Copper Chopper was built in 2010 and was featured in the State of Arizona’s official centennial celebration. Taking 8 months to construct, it was deemed by the Arizona Centennial Foundation as more suitable than a mascot, person or event to define Arizona’s history.

Paul’s first shop, American Legend Motorcycle Co., opened in 1991. Since then, Paul has enjoyed one of the most illustrious and influential careers in motorcycle and parts design and custom parts manufacturing. Today, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, together with Paul Yaffe Originals, is recognized as one of—if not the—preeminent custom bike building outfits and source for custom parts.

Art of the Ride runs from October 18, 2017, to May 28, 2018, in the Phoenix Airport Museum, located in Terminal 4, Level 3 Gallery, in the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Foreigner to Detonate Sturgis Buffalo Chip Opening Weekend

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There are great rock bands, and then there are great rock bands like Foreigner that have produced 25 top 40 hits, every one of which fans can sing without missing a word. Foreigner takes to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip stage in 2018 armed as one of the most recognizable and listened-to bands in rock history. Throughout its 40-year career, Foreigner produced 10 multi-platinum albums, which have received more worldwide play than the Rolling Stones, sold more than 80 million copies and landed the band on Business Insider’s “Top 50 Best Selling Artists of All Time” list. The group will be bringing its “Juke Box Heroes” tour to the opening weekend of the “Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling!” ® at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018.

“These guys have outsold Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Prince, Queen and Def Leppard,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “They have given us some of the best rock anthems in history and I, for one, plan to sing along to every song on August 4 when they take the Wolfman Jack Stage. This is one of the most impressive bands we’ve ever had to offer on opening weekend.”

Foreigner’s appeal has spanned generations and continues to rock the charts with massive airplay and Billboard Top 200 album success. Spotify users stream close to 4 million of the band’s songs each month, which isn’t surprising given the list includes hits such as “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide no. 1 hit “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

In addition to Foreigner, the Buffalo Chip has already announced Eric Church will perform Aug. 8, Kid Rock will perform Aug. 9 and Steppenwolf will perform Aug. 10. Many more top band announcements will be coming 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.

New Vanderhall Edison2 Announced

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IMS 2017

New Vanderhall Edison2 Announced
Electric Excitement to Auto Cycle Segment

Unveiled at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California, the Vanderhall Edison2 brings electrifying acceleration and zero emissions to the three-wheeler market.

At Long Beach, CA (November 17, 2017) — Vanderhall Motor Works debuted its latest three-wheeled auto-cycle model at the 2017 Progressive International Motor Cycle Show in Long Beach, California. An electric vehicle (EV) known as the Vanderhall Edison2, it joins the company’s two existing auto-cycle models: the carbon-fiber-bodied Laguna and retro-oriented Venice.