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Bikernet Video Treat: Brooklyn Bike Invitational

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On sept. 17 2011 a group of guys From a Blog deemed the White Knights In the House of Kolor, from Brooklyn, New York put on a great motorcycle show called the Brooklyn invitational. My bike No. 9 was one of the 20 or so bikes that was invited to this extremely masterful production. Other big names such as Paul cox, Keino, Tom Fugle, Lock Baker, And many many more,were there to be a part of the show. While I was there I decided to take as much footage as I could to put this short video together. I don't think this show will ever be topped as far as the variety of the builders that they invite and the different minds and cultures that come together in one spot to share in a common interest of custom motorcycles. It is a great honor on my part to be amongst these people that have inspired me so much. This video is a sort of token of gratitude for the experience of getting to be a part of it. Thank you Wes, Jeffrey, John, and Keino for having me again

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France Could Ban Motorcycles from Mountain Passes

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Too much motorbiking can easily turn into no biking at all, or at least that's how things are moving in France. Alain Perret, prefect of Lower-Rhine region in France, wants to ban the access of motorcycles in the high mountain passes of the Vosgi during weekends. The only high passes remaining unaffected by such law initiative are Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Bonhomme and Bussang.

Now, before we get to tourists and Human Rights, what would happen to the guys living and working in the area and riding motorcycles? Are they going to apply for some special permits allowing them to ride to work or see their relatives, or what?

The French Motorcycling Federation and the French Federation of Pissed Motorcyclists (who have a long and funny history in protests against stupid French laws) have already filed complaints against such a law. 

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Dicks Cool Unit – Velocity Stack and Adapter Unit

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Custom Design Studio Kirk Taylor and the crew at Custom Design Studio are at it again and have come up with a new velocity stack called “Dicks Cool Unit” that bolts directly on to a Mikuni Carburetor. It is machined from aircraft grade aluminum and CNC cut to precision. They are also offering up an adapter that will allow “Dicks Cool Unit” to bolt up to CV and S&S carburetors. They are raw aluminum so you can paint, polish or plate to your needs. Available in fuel injection and carbureted versions.

Price: Velocity Stack $199, Adapter $99, New E.T.E.F.I. Adapter 08 and up $150

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Bill Phillips Joins Board Of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc.

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRi) opens the new year by welcoming Sturgis native Bill Phillips as the newest board member to the organization's all-volunteer board. A prominent real estate developer in the Sturgis area, Phillips is excited to join the SMRi board and looks forward to helping the organization in its efforts to promote, grow and strengthen the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally(TM) and provide a charitable return for the greater Sturgis area.

Phillips resides in Sturgis with his wife and two children, and puts an emphasis on family and community. "I love living here and enjoy everything Sturgis and the Black Hills have to offer." Phillips has traveled the world as a member of the Air National Guard, while still enlisted he decided to return to Sturgis after growing up here. He attended grade school and high school here, and later graduated from Black Hills State University in 1999 with a degree in administration. As a partner in The Real Estate Center of Sturgis since 2003, he has been involved in numerous real estate development projects within the Northern Black Hills area. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Northern Hills Realtor Association Board, where he served as a Sturgis area director. He also a partner in a local outfitting business, Empty Brass Outfitters, where he gets to share his passion for the outdoors.

As a member of SMRi's board of directors, Phillips looks forward to contributing to the board's efforts. He has supported for the community by being involved in a variety of area organizations and developments. He's no stranger to actively serving his community, including time as a Sturgis Chamber Board Member and as a member of the City of Sturgis Sign Ordinance Committee. He also enjoys giving back to youth in the community by sharing his love of the outdoors and sports. He is a Sturgis Little League coach and board member and a Sturgis youth basketball coach, as well as a Black Hills Area Instructor for Junior Achievement.
Given his experience and deep local roots, Phillips was an obvious choice to join SMRi.  "We are excited to welcome Phillips' expertise and home-grown take on serving Sturgis and its people." Said SMRi chairman, Dean Kinney.

Avon Offers Cobra Gl 1800 Tire Combination

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Specially designed for the Honda Gold Wing 1800, the Cobra GL 1800 tires from Avon Motorcycle Tyres are the perfect choice for the rigorous demands of the powerful launches, fast acceleration, hard cornering and hard braking of this powerful bike.

When compared to the stock tires, the Cobra GL 1800 rear tire offers an increased load index of 80 to handle nearly 1,000 pounds. A triple compound, including a longer lasting compound in the center, softer shoulder compound for improved grip and cornering performance, and a third compound underneath, work together to reduce tire temperature and increase mileage. This six-ply tire includes two Aramid belts and a nylon belt to reinforce and stabilize the tire carcass, reduce tire flex under heavier loads, and provide a more comfortable ride. Force Following Grooves transmit energy across the surface of the tire for even wear and longer life.

“It’s important to use a model-specific tire for the Honda Gold Wing 1800 because this bike places rigorous demands on the tires,” stated Sukoshi Fahey, Sales & Marketing Manager, Avon Tyres. “This bike is fast and powerful. The Cobra GL 1800 tires have been developed with big, solid blocks of rubber to resist irregular wear, the elimination of the center groove for better handling in the wet and on irregular surfaces, and an increased load index for the rear tire.”  

The Cobra GL 1800 tires are available in size 130/70R18 (#90000001167) front, and size 180/60R16 (#90000001418) rear. Both include the popular Cobra snakeskin effect sidewall for the ultimate style. For more information about Avon Motorcycle Tyres, visit To find a dealer near you, visit

Rivera Primo Celebrates 40 Years at V-Twin Expo — Win Prizes and Party With Them!

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It’s been a great journey for Rivera Primo, after 40 years in the business of speed and custom parts for American V-twin motorcycles.

Dealers, make sure to stop by booth 508 at V-Twin Expo to place your orders. Rivera Primo is offering show specials this year:

—Place an order at V-Twin Expo, and for every $500 ordered, you will receive a ticket for a drawing to win a $400 gift certificate.

—Buy 3 Pro Clutches™ and get the fourth Pro Clutch™ free.

—Buy 2 Stiffey’s™ get the third one free.

There will be drawings all through the show hours for free stuff!

Come join the Rivera Primo crea at the 2013 Cincinatti V Twin Expo for their 40th Anniversary Shindig.

Join the folks at Rivera Primo for hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Cincinatti Hilton Netherlands Hotel on Saturday evening from 8-10PM.  You will meet their crack sales staff, Yesenia, Rose and Ben. Feel free to ask them the questions that you couldn’t get straight answers to from other manufacturers!


Continental Tires Recalling 1,700 Tires Commonly Used With Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles

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Honda Power Sports touts the Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle as a bike that “can make your riding dreams come true” as it represents the height of luxury to enthusiasts looking to combine their loves of riding with long-distance travels. From comfortable seating for two to high end technological spoils that include XM radio, iPod docking and a navigation system, the Gold Wing touring cycle really packs everything in to make the $23,000 retail price worthwhile. However, as with any vehicle in any price range, the Gold Wing is only as good as the tires that it rides on, and some riders are about to have their vacations cut short.

Continental Tire has announced the voluntary recall of approximately 1,700 ContiMotion MC tires that are most commonly used for the rear wheels of the Honda Gold Wing 1800 touring motorcycle. While the company has received no reports of accidents or injuries as of yet, according to the Auto Channel, Continental has received some feedback that these tires could become susceptible to cracking, uneven wear and belt lift caused by under-inflation and overloading the rear storage compartment on the Gold Wing. Any of those conditions could ultimately lead to tread separation, dangerous accidents and injuries while the motorcycle is being operated.

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