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Sturgis, SD Citizens’ Alliance Asks for Help Building Bikers’ Scenic Byway

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The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD, 2014

The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD, 2014

A group of vision-minded local residents, Sturgis Rally supporters, community leaders and ranchers are responding to the Meade County Commission’s efforts to provide vital access to I-90 by forming an alliance to help fund the construction of a 4.5-mile bikers’ scenic byway. Those who will enjoy the many benefits of the road, including avoiding long, hot rally traffic jams each year, now have the opportunity to help build one of the most sought-after scenic access roads in the Black Hills. While the Meade County Commission has budgeted for part of the construction cost, the development is projected to be $1 million short. For this reason, the group is asking residents, suppliers, ranchers, truckers, tourists, rally businesses and motorcycle enthusiasts who would benefit from the new scenic byway to help contribute toward its completion. The roadway, aptly named “Fort Meade Way,” will safely offer visitors and residents alike an unfettered, scenic route between I-90 Exit 37 and Highways 34 and 79, Fort Meade Veterans Hospital, Bear Butte, and the rally campgrounds and concert venues east of Sturgis. The group is asking anyone who can contribute toward the construction of the new access road to do so at

Bikernet Sturgis Scenic 01While many roads across the nation are funded through toll fees, the group is instead asking for one-time contributions of as little as $10. Those who will use the road daily, such as farmers, ranchers and businesses, may consider contributing more for the convenience the new roadway will afford.

“Completing this road will benefit anyone living or driving in the northwest part of our county,” said Meade County Commission Chair Alan Aker. “Ranchers and residents have been formally petitioning for this road for more than 30 years. The VA hospital is formally on record stating they need the road to fulfill their mission of serving our military heroes. Rural emergency responders are also on record stating the lack of the road could cost a life. No other road we could build would do more for economic development in our county. It’s time to quit talking about it and move some dirt.”

The current route for northbound traffic from I-90 requires access through Sturgis, and adds several miles through town to the trip. The limited access causes significant traffic jams during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“This is a significant financial commitment, but it’s worth it to the agricultural community to get this road built,” said Bob Wicka, a Meade County rancher with property near the north end of Fort Meade Way. “We made a personal commitment for this road, and now we’re asking for a lot of people to make a contribution to help fund it. This vital access to the main highway only makes sense.”

Construction of the roadway connecting both ends of Fort Meade Way and opening access to I-90 is estimated to begin in late November. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2016, and the road may be usable by July 25.

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Indian Scout Replacement Hi-Flow Air Filter Kit

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Bikernet Trask Scout 03The Trask Powerflow Air Filter kit for the Indian Scout is designed as a direct bolt in replacement for the very restrictive stock OEM Indian Scout air-box and filter.

The Trask Powerflow filter is said to greatly improve both the airflow and volumetric efficiency of the Indian Scout’s engine, by allowing it to scavenge as much air as possible to fill the cylinders.

Dyno developed and Dyno tested, this Trask Powerflow filter will provide the Indian Scout an instant increase of up to seven more additional horsepower and torque in the powerband, with no additional mapping or re- mapping required, says Trask Performance.

Made from only the best materials, consisting of high quality pliable rubber, four to six layers of cotton gauze, and epoxy-coated wire mesh, Trask Powerflow filters are both durable, washable, and reusable.

Trask Powerflow filters are designed to provide your motorcycle engine with excellent protection, that is made to last, while saving you money, and increasing your horsepower.

TRASK Part# TM-8003 MSRP $149.95. More info here.

Klock Werks’ Metal Dash Will Smooth Out Your Tank

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Bikernet KlockWerks Dash01Klock Werks understands that great looking motorcycles have every little detail worked out, and they continue to make it easy for you to achieve a custom look from your own garage. The details aren’t accessories, they are necessities and replacing your stock dash is generally considered necessary to take your bike from good to great!

Our metal dash lets you achieve a stretched look for a fraction of the cost of actually stretching your tank, or purchasing a new tank,” states Brian Klock, President of Klock Werks. “We’ve designed a simple steel part that bolts on to your bagger or softail and gives you a clean, low-profile look.”

Klock Werks Curvaceous Metal Dash for your bagger is stamped steel, e-coated, and ready to paint. The Dash is available in three lengths for different seat styles, and accepts most aftermarket low-profile vented gas caps. Easy, bolt on installation with dash trim included. Fitments available for 97-07 FLHT, FLTR, FLHX and 08+ FLHT, FLTR, FLHX and HD FL Trike Models.

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Softail riders can also achieve a more streamlined look that visually increases the length of the tank without actually stretching it. The Dash for Softail comes as a dash and ignition switch relocation kit. The kit uses the stock ignition switch and key. The chrome ignition mount replaces the obtrusive horn mount (requires horn relocation). Designed for 00+ FXST, FLST models (except FXS, FXSTD).


Harley-Davidson V-Rod Rider Krawiec Back Into NHRA Championship Contention

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Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec turned up the heat in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals. Krawiec raced a Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle to the final round of Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations and now lies just 21 points out of first place in the Countdown standings with two races left in the season.


Great preparation and consistent performance wins championships,” said Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, “and it looks like it’s going to go down to the wire for the title this year. I think I’ve got the team and Harley-Davidson bike to win it all.”

Krawiec took advantage of a first-round loss by the Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader, Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines. Hines, the defending class champion, still leads the Pro Stock motorcycle class with 2,412 points. Krawiec now is in second with 2,391 points.

The fifth round of the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship starts Oct. 29. at the 15th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Valerie Thompson To Return To The Texas Mile With New BMW Motorrad Engine

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Seven-time land speed record holder Valerie Thompson will return to the Texas Mile land speed racing event October 23-25 in Beeville Texas with the goal of breaking her personal best speed of 217 mph powered by a new engine provided by BMW Motorrad USA, the first Stage 3 motor imported to the US. The engine produces 215 hp from a 999 cc power block utilizing the same specifications BMW Motorrad offers teams in the FIM World Superbike Bike (WSBK) series.

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In addition to the special hand built engine, Thompson’s BMW Double R will sport a new Akrapovič CRT/MotoGP-style exhaust system designed to meet the specifications of the WSBK approved engine for race application use only.

Thompson will also share each of her runs through live on-board video and audio utilizing Sena Bluetooth Technologies. “I am always asked ‘what is like to go over 200 mph on two wheels?’ Thanks to Sena, the world’s most popular Bluetooth communicator manufacturer, I can provide a simple answer on what it looks and feels like to run a BMW Double R to its limits. Viewers will hear my running commentary from start to finish, including after the run when I pick up the all important time slip,” said an enthusiastic Thompson.

Thompson recorded a personal best top speed of over 217 mph at the 2014 Texas Mile. This year, Thompson became the first female member of the Colorado Mile 200 MPH Club on her Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants/CTEK BMW and is now a member of six-land speed racing 200 MPH Clubs, including the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club. As a result, she is often referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed.”

I’m really looking forward to showing what our blueprinted WSBK approved BMW engine will deliver. We also have new aerodynamic bodywork by alpha Racing USA and eye-popping paint scheme by Andrew Swenson Designs. I can’t wait to get to Texas and put the hammer down,” said Thompson. “The great folks at Iron Horse Motorcycles, a BMW Motorrad approved dealer in Tucson, have done an incredible job of setting up the bike, I can’t thank them enough for getting us prepared for one of my favorite events,” added Thompson.

The VTR team will also premier an all-new interactive pit display where Thompson will personally work with motorcycle fans and competitors providing free oil changes and battery charging services, compliments of her primary sponsors, Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants and CTEK Battery Chargers. The Texas Mile track is located at Chase Field Industrial Complex, 2745 Byrd Street, Beeville TX, 78102.

Biketoberfest Bikernet Weekly News For October 15, 2015

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Never a dull moment. Life is so nuts, but we bang along and try to keep the party alive. Maybe it’s the nature of the beast. We were discussing clubs the other day. Most of the violent guys from my era are dead or still in jail. You would think the new guys would find a better way. There must be a better way to have a blast, ride wild motorcycles, and chase girls. Read this week’s Bikernet News here.

Riding The 2016 Vaquero

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Cow punching and cattle rustling just never come up in conversations anymore and grabbing my sixer rarely refers to rounds of ammunition but when I laid eyes on the Kawasaki Vaquero (Cowboy in Spanish) I had to ride it. This motorcycle looks a rodeo of fun for any cowboy and cowgirl and I knew exactly who would want to test ride this bad boy with me. A friend of mine works at Cowboys strip club and loves to ride.  Low slung, muscular and dressed in black the Vaquero will challenge any outlaw Bagger to a gun fight. A 1700cc SOHC 52-degree V-Twin with 108 ft. lb. torque and single-pin crankshaft provides serious cow punching power. Read more.

The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

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Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 7.48.28 PMThe Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS), announced that it’s launching a new business-to-business platform for the 2015/2016 Tour. Designed to connect powersports retailers and brands efficiently and effectively in 10 key motorcycling markets across the U.S., this program was created for on-the-go dealers and aftermarket manufacturers looking to take a more active approach in engaging with their retail customers.

Featured at each stop on the IMS Tour, the business-to-business platform is geared toward education, information and training while connecting with local retail communities across the U.S. On Friday in each IMS city, before the consumers arrive for the public open of the Show, we invite participants to make presentations, network and talk business with dealers.

Tracy Harris, Senior Vice President, Powersports Group, UBM Advanstar: “The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows business-to-business initiative is a unique opportunity for dealers who are strapped for time and personnel, as well as aftermarket manufacturers looking to leverage their presence at IMS. This is the largest touring program of its kind in the U.S. and we look forward to assisting our clients with maximizing their opportunities at IMS though this added-value program.”

In support of the business-to-business initiative, the ‘Marketplace presented by Cycle Gear’ is an interactive retail space for motorcycle parts and accessories. This unique Show activation offers attendees the opportunity to touch, test and try the newest top parts, accessories and gear while interacting with factory specialists from leading manufacturers. This top-of-the-line experience, led by presenting sponsor Cycle Gear, includes products and representatives from Arai Helmets, Dunlop/Goodyear, Dynojet, Heidenau Tires, HJC America, K&N Engineering, Mustang Motorcycle Products, National Cycle, Performance Machine, Rinehart Racing, Shoei Safety Helmet Corp., Tourmaster/Cortech, Twisted Throttle, Vance & Hines and Yuasa Battery. In addition, motorcycle suppliers Bell, Chatterbox and Dainese AGV USA will be exhibiting in the Show’s Retail Pavilion.

Information on additional IMS Show features will be available in the coming weeks. The 35th anniversary IMS Tour will kick off on October 31st in Portland, OR with 10 stops across the U.S. For a complete listing of Show dates and information, please visit