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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.


BANDIT IS F.I.C.K.L.E. BIKERNET NEWS for December 7 2017

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Bandit is still in Cuba. I am here with the rest of the Bikernet crew holding down Bikernet Headquarters. Making sure this machine stays well oiled and is going strong upon his return. I thought I’d speak to Bandit for a moment in the language he has become accustomed(Cuban colloquialisms and Spanish) to over the last week. I have also uploaded some Cuban slang for you to look over in case you should need it for interpretation upon his return.
Tranquilo Bandito,
Estoes un paquete, pero….(This is hard to swallow, but…) Tu eres guayabitos en la azotea.(You’re crazy.) Se formó un relajo.(Things got out of hand.) ¡Regresa a casa ya!(Come home already!)
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New Plug-n-Play Front Running Light Module For Indians

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Like all Victory Motorcycles, Indian front nor rear turn signals have the running light feature. With the Badlands ILL-IND-01 for Indian Big Twin models and the new ILL-IND-S rear, run, brake and turn signal modules, the brand new ILL-IND-FR front running light module is 100% Plug-n-Play using OEM connectors and works with any LED, even stock!

It installs in minutes and adds the running light feature to front turn signals. Added visibility means added safety along with the custom look everyone is looking for.

A leader in lighting modules since 1990, NAMZ is celebrating its 19th year in business providing Electrical Components, Fluid Transfer Lines, Custom Installation Supplies & Badlands Lighting Modules.

NAMZ/Badlands products are available through most major distributors or directly from www.namzccp.com.

Send them an email at info@namzccp.com or call 877-277-NAMZ for more information.


Urgent Motorcycle Riders Foundation Update — Let Riders Speak

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A petition containing over 5,000 signatures was delivered to the first meeting of the Federal Highway Administration’s Motorcyclist Advisory Council on Tuesday. The document was presented by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and demanded that the Council designate additional seats to represent the motorcycle rider community. Currently, the Council has 10 available seats; only one of which is filled by a motorcycle rider association representative. Read more.

Two Girls On Three Wheels

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In 2006, Two British ladies decided to really take a long drive on their tuk-tuk in Thailand. They rode an auto-rickshaw which is a passenger Trike used for daily commute in Asia for 12,000-mile (19,312 km) charity drive through 12 countries.
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, from Norfolk, and Jo Huxster, from Brighton, both 27, travelled from Thailand to Birghton, England in the pink trike, nicknamed Ting Tong. They drove through pink finishing tape in Brighton having raised £25,000 for the mental health charity Mind. Among the fun and frolic, the two daring ladies endured an earthquake and a herd of buffalo. The pair left British Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand on 28 May 2006 to a “surprisingly comfortable” trip to UK.

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