MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE BIKERNET STAFF—We’ve been scrambling so hard that Xmas cards just didn’t happen. But I want everyone to have a very Merry Xmas. Promise yourself to find absolute peace of mind next year coupled to mountains of fun.
–Bandit and the Crew
November in Savannah, GA means it is time for the annual Victory Moto Show. This year’s event was held at Service Brewing Company on Indian Street in historic downtown Savannah.
This regional show is fast gaining national attention, and this year featured new retro-vintage bikes on display by Janus Motorcyclesof Goshen, Indiana. The show is promoted by Anna Heritage and her staff; and Anna comes from a family of bike riders. Her immaculate red and white Honda CL350 was displayed, and her dad Kevin and uncle Rich also ride and race vintage bikes. Read more.
We are scrambling on our new format for 2019. As of the first I will only produce one Bikernet Weekly News column. Generally, no more Sunday Posts. I will still do the major news on Thursday. It will still be published on Bikernet, but Bikernet will be in the Cantina, so make sure you’re a member for 2019. It’s going to give us more flexibility, more fun and girls.
Then I need to learn more about the Bikernet Blog, because that will become more active and free. So, hang on for the New Year, the new Bikernet, the New News and much more.
Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, one of the most talented heavy metal musicians ever to pick up a guitar, will bring the hard rock supergroup Zakk Sabbath, and the full thunderous fury of Black Sabbath hits, to the Wolfman Jack Stage on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Together with bassist Blasko (Ozzy, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age), the group will bring Buffalo Chip fans the most insane jams from Black Sabbath’s first six albums. See the announcement video here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS
“There is really no band more qualified to smash out a block buster Black Sabbath style grand finale at the Chip we won’t soon forget than Zakk Sabbath,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, “Front man Zakk Wylde is arguably one of the most influential and accomplished guitarists of the last 30 years, and will without a doubt close out this summer’s festival with a very powerful rock performance.”
Zakk Wylde co-wrote some of Ozzy Osbourne’s biggest solo hits and intends to rock fan’s brains out to Wylde renditions of Black Sabbath classics like “War Pigs,” “Fairies Wear Boots,” “Into The Void,” “Snowblind,” “NIB,” “Supernaut,” and more until fans are screaming “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” like a Paranoid madman at an Electric Funeral.
The 38th annual festival noted as “The Best Party Anywhere” will open with a pre-rally party July 29 – Aug. 1, 2019, with official festival dates running Aug. 2-11, 2019. Performers announced so far include:
Saturday, Aug. 3 Keith Urban
Monday, Aug. 5 Styx
Thursday, Aug. 8 Toby Keith
Saturday, Aug. 10 Zakk Sabbath
Fans can expect more band announcements for 2019 in the coming weeks. Concerts and races are free with camping. More information and reservations are available at BuffaloChip.com
It’s incredible how life twists and turns, but now we’re in the fast lane and of course the
Redhead contributed. She’s the manager of a marina in the LA Port ghetto and comes across interesting characters, who end up living on boats for one reason or another.
Part of her job is to interview and access whether the new entrant is capable of living on a swaying sailboat and capable of paying the bills. There’s a rule in most marinas. Only 10 percent of the customers are allowed to live on their boats and there’s an additional fee for live-aboard status.
Fresh from last weekend’s wildly successful Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan, our friends at Mooneyes are gearing up for another Mooneyes Xmas Party this Saturday, December 8th at Irwindale Speedway. And we’ll be broadcasting the party on Facebook Live all day long! We’ve included a few photos from this year’s Moon Yokohama show and last year’s Xmas Party at Irwindale—and you can click the red box at the bottom of this email to see even more.
To watch our live videos, hosted by veteran journalist and designer Thom Taylor, just visitwww.facebook.com/
Bandit will be there with a couple of the local riders too!
EBR Motorcycles, the American-made superbike designed by the legendary Erik Buell, are back in limited production.
“We are going to keep the iconic brand in production with specialized and performance builds.” says Bill Melvin, an avid motorcyclist who is leading the company he acquired in 2016.
When high volume production at EBR’s Wisconsin assembly plant ended in 2017, Melvin moved a smaller operation to his e-commerce warehouse in Grand Rapids, Mich. EBR, which maintains its original offices in East Troy, Wis., has been fulfilling parts orders from the inventory for dealers and existing EBR owners ever since.
Now, EBR plans to keep the iconic brand alive on the street and track with production in Grand Rapids. EBR brought two of its top assemblers to Grand Rapids, where they are hand-building three of the exotic EBR 1190 superbikes, capable of hitting over 185mph in race trim.
“The approach is to keep it boutique and high performance driven, ala Bugatti, Koenigsegg, or Lotus,” Melvin says. More updates and motorcycles are planned for 2019, he adds.
Engine builder Eric Weber “Eroc” and chassis builder Elliot Malzahn recently put the finishing touches on their first three editions, whose fairings will get custom paint treatments to celebrate their return. Weber began building motorcycles at the Buell factory in 1996. Malzahn began in 2000.
“It’s great to see the iconic legacy in experienced hands like Eroc and Elliot,” says Melvin. “We are fortunate the team of legacy employees stay involved to keep the only American Superbike in production. We recently received our 2019 EPA certification.”
The Erik Buell-designed motorcycle is unique with its fuel tank incorporated into the aluminum frame to keep its center of gravity in an ideal position. The front brake rotor is located on the perimeter of the wheel with an 8-piston inside-out caliper to maximize stopping power. The hand-built fuel-injected 1190cc V-twin engine produces a peak of 185 hp at 10600 rpm. The final pricing will be determined by the custom finishing touches.
The company is part of the 35 year legacy of Erik Buell, a motorcycle racer and world renowned engineer for Harley-Davidson and the Buell Motorcycle Company in the 1980’s. Mr. Buell started EBR in 2010 and Mr. Melvin acquired the assets of the company in 2016.
Melvin and his father, Bill Melvin Sr., are motorcycle enthusiasts & industry experts with involvement in the sale process of the Indian Motorcycle factory in 2004, the American Ironhorse Motorcycle factory in 2009, the Buell factory in 2010, and have assisted in the sale of major distributors, dealers, and suppliers.
For more information about EBR Motorcycles, call 262-642-1627 or email info@EBR.com
Here’s an updated version ofMustang’s popular Fastback series, the all-new HighTail Fastback. It features all the comfort that put Mustang on the map in a sporty, low profile package that positions riders lower and 1” further back than the original.
Available for 2006-’17 Dyna and 2008-’19 Touring models, the HighTail provides a comfortable but aggressive riding position that allows riders to get the most out of their machines. The HighTail’s signature 6” high wall offers exceptional lower back support and keeps riders from sliding back in the saddle, making it perfect for aggressively twisting back the throttle or casually feasting on mile markers. A contoured and low-profile 13.5” wide driver bucket positions the operator lower and further back compared to most stock seats, while Mustang’s proprietary controlled-density foam provides even weight distribution to eliminate pressure points for long-haul comfort.
The hand-sewn cover is made from premium expanded vinyl that has the appearance of leather and durability to withstand the elements. Features include detailed stitch work and a blend of smooth vinyl with perforated vinyl inlays for a subtle contrasting effect. Additionally, Mustang’s Custom Seat Program offers a wide variety of stitch patterns as well as thread and vinyl color variations to create your own one-of-a-kind design. The HighTail for 2008-’19 H-D Touring is also available as part of the Dave Perewitz Signature Series by Mustang, which features classic diamond-stitched panels for added style.For more information on the new HighTail offerings, visit www.MustangSeats.com or call to speak with a Mustang representative at 800-243-1392 or 413-668-1100 to learn more about custom seat options.
Motorcycling greatness is found on tracks, in shops and on roads and trails across America.
It’s born in the minds and hearts of riders who, at one point or many, put motorcycles above all else in their lives to accomplish amazing things, inspiring the rest of us to ride more.
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes six riders who have done just that. Read more.