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What the hell is going on?The weather is warming. New biker TV series are starting. Action is hot and heavy on every front. Bottom line everyone is hoping for a financial uptick or five. I refer to dancing in the streets–we need a shot in the arm.

Big news is headed down the pike at break-neck speeds. I want it to be very good news, outstanding news and stimulating news. Let’s knock one out of the ballpark.


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Michael Lichter Presentation At Iron Horse Hotel This Sunday

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During this Mama Tried weekend in Milwaukee, Michael Lichter will be giving a presentation amongst many of the prints currently on display at the Iron Horse Hotel.

With the ice racing cancelled, this is the perfect opportunity to hear the stories behind the photos from 40 years of a life behind the lens and motorcycles in front of it. There’s never been a better time than now to be photographing the motorcycle scene and Michael will explain why.

Please join Michael on February 19th, Sunday morning at 9:30 AM in the library of the Iron Horse Hotel. There will be a Bloody Mary bar and a free coffee bar to help you get going!

The Iron Horse Hotel, 500 West Florida St, Milwaukee, WI – (888) 543-4766

Matt Harris Wins Award at The One Moto Show

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The trendy, vibrant and unique One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon keeps drawing the most talented builders out of the woodwork. Matt Harris of 40 Cal Customs, brought his 1923 Harley Davidson JD and was honored with “THE ONE Show Award” for the best overall build. Built for use as a competitive land speed bike at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, show organizers recognized the classic Harley as properly representing “exactly the spirit of The One Moto Show.”


Congratulations, Matt!

Dragbike Racing Legend Jay “PeeWee” Gleason Dies

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is sad to learn that Jay “PeeWee” Gleason, an iconic dragbike racer and member of its Yamaha family of racers, passed away over the weekend.
Bob Starr, General Manager of Communication at Yamaha Motor U.S., said, “PeeWee is a huge part of the Yamaha VMAX legend. His talent on a dragbike helped us sell a lot of VMAX motorcycles, and he will forever be associated with the fabled, V4-powered, Sport Heritage machine. Mention ‘PeeWee Gleason’ and a lot of people instantly think of the VMAX, and what he did on that bike. We will miss him, but we will never forget him.”
Back in 1986, for a feature story that was published in Cycle World magazine, Jay ‘PeeWee’ Gleason, a well-known and highly talent dragbike racer, climbed aboard a Yamaha VMX12 VMAX at Baylands Raceway, did a rousing and smoky burnout to bring the rear tire up to temperature and maximum grip, and proceeded to post a quarter-mile time of under nine seconds.
That day, the world found out that the VMAX was the fastest, quickest, most powerful production bike ever. It also compelled many customers to visit their local Yamaha dealers and purchase VMAX motorcycles of their very own.
In 2009, more than two decades after his original VMAX quarter-mile run, PeeWee repeated history aboard a 2009 VMAX, on which he ran the quarter mile in 9.513 seconds and at a trap speed of 143.70 miles per hour.
Jay “PeeWee” Gleason was one of a kind; a soft-spoken, yet highly talented dragbike racer. Godspeed, PeeWee.

Vintage Style Floorboards

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No matter if you’re looking for stock style replacement boards for your vintage mount or a touch of Old School for a late model Big Twin Paugho has you covered.

These beautiful steel boards and non-skid rubber and chrome inserts are accurate reproductions of those found on 1936-1964 Harleys. There are a number of different model numbers for each application so you’ll want to check their web site or call before ordering. Paughco Floorboards are available in black and chrome and with or without riveted inserts. If you choose a bare model, rubber inserts are sold separately for $97.95 including rivets and the chrome covers go for 42.95. Boards complete with installed inserts retail for $198.95 and bare models go for $135.95 including mounting hardware. For more detailed information or to order call Paughco direct at 775-246-5738 or view their complete catalog on line at


A Versatile 3-In-1 Helmet From Harley-Davidson

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The Men’s Maywood Interchangeable Sun Shield 3/4 Helmet (P/N 98303-17VX, $160.00*) allows you to ride with the visor or with the face shield, or take both off. The One Touch Integrated Sunshield deploys easily for changing conditions and blocks 95 percent of UV. The shield features a smaller, thinner mechanism to reduce vibrations and “road rattle.” Open the adjustable channel vent to get a flow of air through the liner for added comfort on hot days. The liner is removable and washable to make it easier to keep the helmet fresh. The polycarbonate shell is finished in in matte black with H-D graphics and the visor has a molded Bar & Shield logo. This helmet meets DOT standards and weighs 3 pounds 6 ounces. Available in XS to 2XL sizes. Get yours from your Harley dealer.





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Top Gear To Premiere March 13

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Bikernet has been waiting for Top Gear’s return for a while and we’re looking forward to the upcoming season reboots with hosts Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid. The world-famous show will premiere Monday, March 13, 9/8c on BBC AMERICA. That’s a month from now but in the meantime, enjoy this trailer…

King of the Builders crowned at J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Championship

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The 8th annual J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS), has crowned its 2017 “King of the Builders”. UBCBS is an elite-level custom motorcycle builder competition featuring more than 350 motorcycles andthe largest tour wide awards in the U.S. totaling over $100,000 in cash and prizes. The competition ran through all seven IMS shows and awarded over $57,000 dollars in cash and prizes at the championship round in Chicago and also named Nick Beaulieu as the 2017 “King of the Builders.”

Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show: “The 2016-2017 J&PCycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show proved to be one of the best yet with creative designs and concepts from some of the leading builders and craftsmen in the country. We strive to support and promote the custom motorcycle building industry, and give our designers a national platform to display their works of art. We are very excited to announce Nick Beaulieu as the 2017 King of the Builders, adding his name to a prestigious list of builders who have won in the past.”

The custom motorcycles entered into the championship round were reviewed and voted on by a panel of special guest judges, including: Jeff Holt, Brand Director for Hot Bike and Street Chopper Magazines; Chris Callen, Editor-in-Chief of Cycle Source Magazine; Pat Jansen, Builder; and Carl Pusser, Builder and past UBCBS winner.

The UBCBS hosted four classes of competition, Freestyle, Modified Custom, Modified Harley-Davidson, and Modified Retro; and special awards categories, The Originality Award, The Ingenuity Award, Best Paint, K&N Award, People’s Choice Award, and Sho Dog.

The annual competition is proudly sponsored by J&P Cycles, who is returning as the title sponsor of this elite-level competition and supporting the “People’s Choice” award along with Bell Helmets, as well as Harley-Davidson, who returned as the presenting sponsor of the Modified Harley-Davidson class and Royal Enfield as the presenting sponsor of the Modified Retro class. J&M and Condor Products are also onboard as product sponsors, providing gift certificates to select class winners and runner-ups throughout the IMS Tour and Championship.

Additional brands sponsoring the championship include: Arlen Ness, Atomic Dice Studio Arts, BDL, BMW, C&S Custom, G Clean, Helmet Sounds, K&N Engineering, Kuryakyn, Led Sled Customs, Motone Customs, Rinehart Racing, Thundermax, and Vance & Hines.

Nick Beaulieu, 2016- 2017 UBCBS King of the Builders: “Thank you to the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows and J&P Cycles for giving me the opportunity to be here and providing me a platform to share my work. It’s great to be here, supporting the industry with my fellow builders and enthusiasts.”

The winners of the 2016-2017 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Championship are as follows:

King of the Builders: Nick Beaulieu, Forever Two Wheels
Bike: The Hate Machine, Custom Chopper

1- Nick Beaulieu, Forever Two Wheels
Bike: The Hate Machine, Custom Chopper
2-Wayne Burgess
Bike: Spitball Magoo, 1996 Custom Shovelhead

Modified Custom
1- Evan Favaro, Speakeasy Motors
Bike: “Ethel,” 2015 Custom
2-Kyle Shorey, Speed Foundry
Bike: MahaKala, Triumph

Modified Harley-Davidson, presented by Harley-Davidson
1- Steven Iacona, Iacona Customs
Bike: Phoenix, 1992 1200 Sportster
2-Dusty Pine
Bike: 1993 Harley-Davidson Sportster

Modified Retro, presented by Royal Enfield
1-Steve Dietzman
Bike: 1968 Triumph Chopper
2-Matt Anderson
Bike: 1982 Harley Davidson FXRS


Rider’s Product — Aerostich Utility Pants

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When it comes to comfortable, versatile, tough-as-nails do-it-all American-made trousers that also function as exceptional rider’s wear, Aerostich Utility Pants have you covered.

Patterned exactly like Aerostich’s popular AD-1 riding pants, but without the full-length outseam zippers, they offer the fit and comfort of traditional jeans-cut styling, combined with the rugged, all-weather protection of either 500D or 200D Mil-spec Cordura GORE-TEX fabric, making them an excellent choice for riding, as well as all rugged off-bike activities. They wear and feel great doing yard work, camping, for all construction work, or anyplace a durable and comfortable pair of pants are needed. As stated by David in a recent product review, “They fit great…and are ideal to wear against the skin, with running shorts, or over a medium weight base-layer in winter”.
Pre-bent knees allow for freedom of movement and include shaped, removable TF3 impact armor add motorcycling-sensible protection. Additional features include: Two front pockets with hook and loop flaps to keep contents secure, one right rear pocket, double seat and knees, a flapped front fly, integrated loop for optional hip pad attachment and a gusseted waistband with belt loops. Adjustable radial ankle tabs allow for secure fitment around the calf and lower leg and a gusseted crotch offers greater all-day wearing comfort. Great everyday, all-purpose riding pants. Order in the same size as you wear in regular jeans, available in Men’s sizes 30-44, Regular or Long. Choose standard 500D or lightweight 200D in Black, Grey or Tan. Purchase online here.

George Thorogood To Play At The Buffalo Chip

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George Thorogood and the Destroyers will be performing for fans at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® on Thurs., Aug. 10, following Doug Danger’s Rattlesnake Jump, an attempt to jump Evel Knievel’s 1972 Harley-Davidson 120ft. over a pit filled with live rattlesnakes.

George Thorogood And The Destroyers has been a nonstop touring rock and roll machine since the ‘70s, celebrating 40 years of performing together in 2014. In that time the band’s signature snarling, buzz saw bluesy rock ‘n’ roll blend generated classic rock staples like “Bad to the Bone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “I Drink Alone,” “Who Do You Love,” “Move it On Over,” and many more.
In addition to nine nights of world-class concerts the American Flat Track Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle will light up the amphitheater on Sun., Aug. 6. The Moto Stampede continues in 2017 with Hooligan Races presented by Indian Motorcycle and authentic Street Drag Races on Wed., Aug 9.

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