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Bikernet Road Stories: Dream Vacation For A Freight Train Hobo

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Again I’d worked for tire vendors at the Daytona rally. That was over now. The mid March date still held winter over most of the country and I had no intention of moving into the fringed north until warmer spring months. There was money to last and plenty of free time. I might take a while to move around southern Florida and explore different places and events, but for now was content to hang in Daytona a while. And I had a new home… Read more.

Tech & Review — Windvest On a 2016 Road Glide Ultra FLTRU

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My wife and I were recently exploring options to add to our new 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) and we were really impressed and curious with the quality of Windvest Motorcycle Products out of Morgan Hill, Ca. We observed thousands of bikes at the recent Lone Star Rally and the number of options for what shield to use is almost limitless. With the resurgence of the Road Glide, it appears every custom builder in the world is building one. What we were looking for was less of a showpiece and more of a shield that looked great while performing better than stock.

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Bikernet Travel Feature: Trinity Of Gods At One Temple

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It is the longest ride I have done on a 98cc Honda engine. Got 60 KM per Litre of petrol. After riding an Enfield, riding the tiny Hero Splendor Pro Classic was an adventure in itself. The plan was to set foot on the Holy land of Trimbakeshwar for the annual festival of Mahashivratri – literally meaning, The Great Night of Shiva. We did a motorcycle ‘parikrama’ (circular homeage to the Gods) by leaving from Mumbai via NH3 to Igatpuri via mountains of Kasara. Read more.

Mark Your Calendars For The J&P Cycles Iowa Rally—June 24-25

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J&P Cycles’ Anamosa, Iowa location becomes the largest motorcycle aftermarket store in the world during the weekend of June 24-25, 2017.

The J&P Cycles Iowa Rally celebrates its 38th anniversary by becoming the site of Hot Bike Magazine’s National Garage Build-Off for custom motorcycles. The competition is expected to draw the nation’s top garage-built custom bikes competing for $3000 and an invitation to the annual Hot Bike Tour, where their motorcycle will go up against famous builders in the Invitational Build-Off.

Located at J&P Cycles’ original store, the free rally includes motocross stunt shows from Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo Tour, live music throughout the weekend, food, beer and opportunities to support Camp Courageous, a camp for kids and adults with disabilities.

In conjunction with the rally, the National Motorcycle Museum is opening a new exhibit, Dirt Riding in America. Located near the rally in Anamosa, visitors will be among the first to experience the exhibit and will see more than 450 vintage bikes on display in the museum’s permanent collection.

The Iowa Rally is a chance for riders to get up-close and personal with reps from more than 50 companies offering motorcycling products. It’s a chance to see the newest motorcycle accessories, and ask questions to experts from companies like Vance & Hines, Kuryakyn, Dunlop, Klock Werks, Metzler, Mustang Seats, Rinehart Racing and many more. Riders can even have selected parts installed on their bikes on site.

Welcoming communities and great riding are key elements to every memorable rally and the Hawkeye State offers both. The event is only ten minutes from historic Grant Wood Scenic Byway and 45 minutes from the beautiful Great River Road along the Mississippi River. “In Anamosa, the roar of a motorcycle or two, or 30,000, is always a welcome sound,” said Dr. Deb Oldham, President of the Anamosa Chamber of Commerce.

Beautiful riding, a national bike show, more than 50 terrific vendors, a premier motorcycle museum, and the largest bike shop in the world. There is a lot to love about the 2017 J&P Cycles Iowa Rally.

Additional information about rally activities, travel, and lodging, along with a growing list of vendors, can be found on the rally page at

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NAMZ Launches Improved Web Site

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NAMZ is celebrating 18 years in business providing Electrical Components, Fluid Transfer Lines, Custom Installation Supplies & Badlands Lighting Modules. In an effort to simplify your web experience, NAMZ has taken their web site to a higher level by adding additional features.

The new and improved website, boasts a search bar that will allow users to find OEM part numbers throughout the site for ease of identification and purchase. The site also gives customers the option to choose UPS or USPS for shipping and pay using Pay Pal or secure checkout credit card transaction. The site has the entire NAMZ product line, updated photos and soon to be added installation and technical video links to YouTube.

NAMZ/Badlands products are available through many big distributors or directly from; mail at or 877-277-NAMZ.

Stay Cool And Look Cool

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Harley’s new Performance Tee shirts with coldblack technology uses a patent-pending finish by Schoeller Technologies. It doubles as a sun reflector and UV protector and can help keep you up to 10 degrees cooler in the blazing sun. Fabric treated with coldblack offers effective heat management and feels cooler to the touch for improved over-all comfort. Coldblack is very durable and will not wash or wear off fabrics. The  Men’s Performance Long Sleeve Tee with coldblack Technology (P/N 99005-17VM, from $70.00*) in comfortable 100 percent polyester closed-hole mesh features rib-knit neck trim, custom H-D performance neck tape and contrasting stitching throughout with embroidered graphics on the right sleeve, left chest, and back neck. Offered in S to 5XL sizes.

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.