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The Flying Tit

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Bandit – The story below is from the words of the builder himself.  I have spoke to him over the phone and I must say he is a mad scientist fabricator and a helluva good guy.     

Originality is what makes us who we are. The feeling of being lost within my imagination, leaving my perfectionist side on the bench is what pushed me to building the Flying Tit. With it being the first bike I’ve built, it started out as a basic bobber project. I took a sharp turn one day and decided to go against the grain of what is around my area, Davenport, Ia. As I started to piece things together I ran into normal issues along the way, so I became solution oriented, with a touch of creativity.


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Motorcycles on Three Wheels

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Motorcycles on Three Wheels
The sidecar riding experience and how to do it
by Ujjwal Dey

Motorcycles are fun. And so is travelling long distances or touring on motorcycles. Many touring options are available for big bikes with big budgets. But suppose you are young and wild and free but on a limited budget, what do you do? Ask your friends and they will say a car trip ain’t as much fun as being one with the road on a motorcycle. The environment, the atmosphere, the surroundings, it all hugs you, body and soul, when you tour on a motorcycle. So, here is an option hippies globally celebrate–Sidecars. A third wheel for your motorcycle. No more slippery roads for your two-wheeler. More luggage space. Bring more friends to the road trip party. Bring your dog too.

We recently covered the Ural Motorcycles phenomenon on www.BikernetTrikes.com and if that has inspired you but you are not sure about buying a whole Ural, well just buy a sidecar then. There are many companies including Ural itself, which sells Sidecars as an accessory for your existing motorcycle. So no, you don’t have to switch loyalty or buy a new bike. Just buy the goodies to attach a sidecar to your Harley-Davidson or Triumph or Indian.


Let us know your experience and adventures at wayfarer@bikernet.com

Easyriders Auction Sale Failed to Reach Reserve

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The Publisher Joe Teresi informed Bikernet today, after we heard of offices being closed, “We laid off seven of 24 staff members and closed V-Twin and Road Iron. There has been some interest in the sale but one bidder got cold feet and backed out after the deadline. I had another interested party today.”

According to Teresi, Easyriders will continue to be published nine times a year and Tattoo four times. More from the Paisano front as news unfolds.—Bandit

Indian Motorcycle Expands Chieftain Limited Color Options

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Indian’s Fastest-Selling Bagger Is Now Available in Four Additional Colorways. Joining the Chieftain Limited in Thunder Black are four additional paint color options, including Silver Smoke, White Smoke, Star Silver over Thunder Black and Wildfire Red over Thunder Black. Priced in the U.S. from $24,999 to $25,699, the Chieftain Limited’s new colorways will be available at U.S. and Canadian dealerships starting in the middle of June.

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Goodbye, Nicky Hayden

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From Cycle World.

Nicky Hayden succumbed to injuries earlier today after being hit by a car while training on his bicycle last week in Italy. He was 35 years old.

Nicky was the last American to win the MotoGP world championship in 2006, more recently moving to the World SBK series for the 2016 season. He was beloved by everyone in the paddock and in both racing series, not to mention by all of us in the American motorcycle community (not to mention personally to a whole lot of people in this building).

Ace Cafe Now Open In Orlando

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Ace Cafe Orlando, the first North American location of the celebrated London-based motor-diner and the sixth Ace Cafe in the world, rolls its doors open today, May 19. The 35,000-square-foot dining, entertainment, and retail destination reinvigorates a key parcel in downtown Orlando now known as “Ace Corner,” where it expects to draw more than 400,000 people annually.

“The City of Orlando is committed to providing residents and our 68 million visitors with a diverse array of entertainment and dining options,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Ace Cafe is a welcomed addition to Downtown Orlando, adding to the vibrancy and quality of life in the area, and will help to generate increased visitation and economic benefits to the area with its festivals and events.”

Since 1938, Ace Cafe London has been a mecca for those passionate about cars, bikes and rock ’n roll culture. The original location on London’s North Circular Road began as a roadside cafe for truckers, then evolved into a popular destination for rock ‘n roll-loving teens riding motorbikes during the ’50s and ’60s. Today, the Ace has a multi-generational appeal among motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world.

“We have built a special place for everyone, from Petrolheads and enthusiasts, to the after-hours work crowd, families, music lovers and everybody in between,” said Mark McKee, CEO and Chief Gearhead of Ace Cafe North America. “For those passionate about cool motors, great music, inspired food and drinks, and good times, Ace Cafe Orlando is the place to be.”

Much larger than its London namesake, Ace Cafe Orlando spans two floors and features a full-service restaurant, two kitchens, four bars, a coffee bar, a communal counter, a mezzanine that overlooks the main floor dining area and stage, and private and semi-private spaces for groups both large and small.

Rounding out the offerings inside the Ace are: Rockers Speed Shop (selling official branded Ace apparel); a BMW motorcycle dealer; Dainese D-Store; EagleRider motorcycle rental company, and Stonebridge Motor Gallery, selling an ever-changing line-up of original motorsports and rock ’n roll-inspired artwork, photography, sculptures, and memorabilia, as well as collectable vintage and rare, one-off custom motorcycles.


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Here’s an official Bikernet Survey question.Some companies in our aftermarket industry are kicking ass, while others are struggling. The question is why and what can they do?

In a recent interview the MD of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies but Tesla (obvious), Google, Apple, Amazon ‘et al’ are…… There have always been the 3 constants … Death, Taxes and CHANGE!

It’s fascinating, and everything is changing faster than ever before. Get this. The control freaks would like you to turn in your cars to be crushed and live in a tent, without electricity, but you can’t light a fire to cook. In fact, you shouldn’t eat any animals or cook anything. WTF?

Wait a minute, bikers almost have the perfect solution. Just a bedroll, one motorcycle, a bottle of whiskey and your babe. What more do we need? Everyone should read my book from 1999, Sam “Chopper” Orwell. We’re getting close.

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