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Hey,

Don’t think I’ll have time for a Weekend Round-up today. Finished my Cycle Source Magazine Deadline this week and they are featuring a tech on our Salt Torpedo, World’s Fastest Trike Effort, in the July issue.

We check our Google Numbers for all Bikernet entities on the first of each month and we’ve noticed severe increases in traffic. What the hell does it mean? We jumped from about 70,000 total to well over 300,000 unique users from April to May. That includes big numbers from the Bikernet Blog, then Bikernet, Bikernet Trikes and Bikernet Baggers.

Hang on for more news. In the meantime I’m stuck in the Bikernet Fiberglass Prison sanding and making patterns for the last layer of fiberglass, which might be applied tomorrow. My son is in Austin, Texas checking out his new home. My grandson is in Amsterdam at a tattoo convention, and then he and his tattoo artist girlfriend, Em, will hit London and Paris before returning to LA.

Don’t forget to join the Cantina and make sure to read the latest Cantina Series Episode, Number 85. And check out the new 5-Ball Racing team van. Making modification as I write this. Hang on for more reports.

–Bandit

17-year flashbacks from the arena – June 4, 2002 . . .

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(in memory and appreciation of Bob Doiron) . . .
Prior to 2002, many of us had to bang on a lot of doors and pull some teeth each year to get the MA Governor to acknowledge and proclaim a “motorcycle safety awareness period.”
On June 4, 2002, acting MA Governor Jane Swift signed Senate Bill 2286, Chief Sponsors, Senator Bruce Tarr, Bob Hedlund, Reps. Anne Gobi and Brad Hill, into law, establishing General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 15NNNN, . . . MAKING LAW which reads
“The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the period beginning the last week of March to the last week of April, inclusive, as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Time, to promote motorcycle safety, education and awareness, and recommending that this time be observed in an appropriate manner by various agencies, associations, groups, clubs and businesses.”
Before the bill was passed, it had the ‘month of May’ as the period, . . .when a study of 100 motorcycle fatalities in Massachusetts from 1998-2000 showed more the 25% of those fatalities occurred before May (started by the AMA in the early 1990’s for “Motorcycles and You”).
We said, “why wait until May when riders are being killed in March and April?” Senator Hedlund amended his bill, and we got er’ done.
In the Registrar of Motor Vehicles office – we contacted Bob Doiron, creator of the “Check Twice” slogan in 1982 and recently retired moving to NH, and the Registrar requested Bob’s authorization for the Commonwealth to adopt his “Check Twice – Save a Life, MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE” as the state’s motto. Bob teared up a bit, having spent over 20 years trying to get the state as an active participant promoting motorcycle awareness. He immediately granted such authorization.
While ‘everyday’ should be ‘motorcycle awareness day,’ today, June 4 is the anniversary of the bill being enacted. Year 2019 is the 17th year our Governor has followed this law. Our Registry of Motor Vehicle enthusiastically promotes motorcycle safety, awareness and training, which has contributed to reduced accidents and fatalities.
TONS of thanks to all those then involved in this bikers arena and its history . . . – YOUR work and effort has and continues to lessen some of the tragedies.
From / by Paul W. Cote / Massachusetts

Charges after West Australian cops take part in national ‘day of action’ against MC.

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Seven alleged Rebels MC members or associates in WA, have been charged with 25 offences, as part of a recent national ‘day of action’  targeting the club.

The day involved operational raids on Rebels clubhouses in Rockingham and Bunbury.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the year-long blitz on the club had resulted in more than 400 charges being laid, while netting drugs, cash and illegal weapons.

“The fact of the matter is outlaw motorcycle gangs are just that,” she said.

“They operate outside of the law, they do untold harm in our community and they are peddling drugs into our community.”

State Crime Acting Assistant Commissioner Alan Morton said the national day of action on Wednesday was a “culmination of 12 months of effort”.

“These gangs don’t care for the harm they cause our community, they are motivated purely by power and greed.” he said.

“Outlaw motorcycle gangs recruit aggressively with the promise of a glamorous lifestyle when nothing could be more further from the truth.”

The charges, laid on the day  related to unspecified drugs, extortion and stolen property offences.

Roberts said the haul from the last 12 months included methamphetamine and cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $4 million, illegal firearms and nearly half a million dollars in cash.

She said 78 people associated with the Rebels were facing charges such as aggravated armed robbery, threats to kill, extortion and drug offences.

RICK LANG RELEASES INSPIRED NEW SINGLE “MY DADDY’S SHOES” JUST IN TIME FOR FATHER’S DAY

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“I am beyond thrilled to announce the release of a new single “My Daddy’s Shoes” to the global radio world. I wrote the song to honor the Father’s Day Tradition, it is based on my relationship with my dad who tragically passed away in 1989. It took me nearly 30 years to come up with the words to properly pay tribute to dad in a song, but it was well worth the wait. It was written from my feelings, from the heart.

‘My Daddy’s Shoes’ is a collaboration with good friend Troy Engle and was recorded at Troy’s ‘The Track Shack’ studio. It features Troy on vocals and all instruments.

I sincerely hope that ‘My Daddy’s Shoes’ helps to enhance everyone’s Father’s Day celebration this year, and for many years to come.

A big thank you to Robert and Lynda at AirPlay Direct for their support and guidance that has proven invaluable in helping me reach so many radio programmers through APD, and continuing to build my RLM Music Brand.”

~ Rick Lang / Songwriter / RLM Music Group

Bluegrass – Country – Americana

AirPlayDirect.com/MyDaddysShoes

 “The love behind the words from Rick Lang’s pen are clearly evident, and invoke the inevitable smiles and tears while remembering my own monumental efforts to fill “My Daddy’s Shoes.” Beautiful song.”

~ Carl Jackson

“Over the years one begins to realize our dads knew more than we thought they did. This beautiful new song “My Daddy’s Shoes” by Rick Lang puts it all in perspective and renews the memories of the love that father’s give to each of us.” ~ Jim Fisher, Acoustic Crossings WGCS

STURGIS MUSEUM Hall of Fame Update

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Hall of Fame Highlight
Class of 2019

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is featuring Hall of Fame Highlights of this year’s outstanding new group of inductees. Here is a glimpse at what they had to say. For the full story join us at the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (tickets available below).  Congratulations and welcome Danny Fitzmaurice.

*Please note: Hall of Fame Highlights will be published as we receive them from the Inductees. We look forward to sharing information about all of our Inductees in the weeks and months to come.

Danny Fitzmaurice

As an 11 year old in 1970, Dan’s neighbor Ron Helms opened a new H-D dealership. The business was small with many challenges, it did not take this kid long to figure out an opportunity to volunteer was possible. From this point on most of Dan’s life going forward will have revolved around motorcycles. He wanted to know how to develop and make more power from all the great people he would encounter. Dan worked day jobs and repaired engines at night, all to help fund more racing.  As skills developed, the dream of getting a Pro license in 1981 was quickly realized, after the spring Florida Racing Series these dreams went up in smoke when Dan and racing/business partner, Dave Zehner, realized their expanding engine business was growing fast. This step led to the official formation of Zipper’s in May 1981 with Dave Zehner.

They were blessed with plenty of customers building and tuning street and track engines, many for dirt and asphalt drag racing. As the U.S. economy was improving, business was growing and fans wanted to attend and ride to racetracks to see the action. Because of the continued growth of Zipper’s, commitment to our customers and staff, by 1995 Dan and Dave started to scale back racing, selectively attending events to compete in. They were lucky to race during a time of great competition and the ability to compete against and learn from some of the best in the industry.
At the time they set many records and championships racing in 6 different sanctions. Today those records are long gone with progress of new machines and innovation as they should.  Dan remains grateful for the impact that so many people made on his experiences of racing.

Learn more about Danny Fitzmaurice and all of the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees on August 7, 2019 at the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

2019 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
DATE AND TIME

WED, AUGUST 7, 2019

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT

LOCATION

THE LODGE AT DEADWOOD

100 PINE CREST DRIVE

DEADWOOD, SD 57732

Harley-Davidson teams with The Rolling Stones for Limited Edition merchandise

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MILWAUKEE (June. 3, 2019) Harley-Davidson and Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company, are pleased to announce the launch of a special collection in collaboration with the iconic rock band, The Rolling Stones. Available now, the limited-edition line of men’s, women’s and youth apparel will be sold at Harley-Davidson dealerships around the world and on Harley-Davidson.com.

“We are excited to partner with The Rolling Stones on a collaboration that brings two iconic brands together in a shared celebration of individuality and self-expression,” said Mary Kay Lee, Director of Consumer Product Portfolio, General Merchandise. This limited offering of co-branded merchandise will appeal to a multi-generational audience of fans of both The Rolling Stones and Harley-Davidson.”

The collection features styles focused on key eras of The Rolling Stones’ music and career stages and celebrates the shared spirit of personal freedom shared between The Rolling Stones and Harley-Davidson. The offering will include 58 total styles across men’s, women’s and youth and is made up of three distinct graphic capsules:

  • Modern Mashup is inspired by the relationship of two iconic logos synonymous with style, form, and fashion remixed for a whole new generation of fans of both brands
  • Tour / On the Road is inspired by the notion of travel, exploration, and journey to new horizons
  • Bootleg is inspired by the tour t-shirts sold outside of venues in the ‘70s with riffs on the iconic logos and designs of that era

“The Rolling Stones and Harley Davidson are two iconic brands that span generations and continue to engage and excite fans around the world,” said Christine Buckley, Vice President, Global Brand Management of Bravado. “This collection embodies both brands, giving fans a new way to celebrate both The Rolling Stones and Harley Davidson.”

This collection features men’s, women’s and youth printed T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, and sweatshirts. Find a dealer using Harley-Davidson’s dealer locator at www.h-d.com/dealerlocator.

This latest new collection supports Harley-Davidson’s long-term strategy to build the next generation of riders globally through new products, broader access and stronger dealers.

Local bikers ask drivers to “look twice”

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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – With summer here, you may see more bikers on the roads.

A group of local female bikers wants motorists to understand how important getting home whole is.

“We’re moms. We’re wives, we’re daughters, we’re grandmothers and we just want to make it home in one piece and we want to enjoy our ride getting there,” said Capri Payne, a local biker.

An issue these bikers have run into is distracted driving.

“I’ve had more near calls through cell phone usage than anything,” said Payne.

For most, it’s only a close encounter, but for Gabriel Hass, it was a scary reality.

“We were going through the light and I guess some lady was just on her phone,” said Hass.

A collision with a distracted driver almost cost Hass her life.

“I’m going to die, this is it. You know, I’m never going to see my kids again,” said Hass.

The wreck left Hass with serious injuries.

“Two broken legs, my femur actually pushed out my kneecap, my tibia pushed out by my ankle,” said Hass.

Hass also suffered from road rash, her handlebars went through her chest, and she was on a ventilator for weeks.

Some tips Payne has for motorists and fellow bikers include making sure not to get in the middle of a group of bikers, they’re in a group for safety reasons.

She also said not to blow your grass clippings into the road when mowing, it creates a dangerous situation for bikers similar to black ice.

–from the NMA

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2019 Progressive Laconia Motorcycle Week© Gives Back

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June 8-16, 2019
Weirs Beach, New Hampshire

It’s not just about the races, shows, live music and parade of bikes lining Weirs Beach as far as the eye can see. America’s oldest motorcycle rally centers around riding and much of that riding is organized for the benefit of some local charities:

39th Annual Cystic Fibrosis Northern New England Charity Ride at NHMA, June 8-9

Help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by joining this 2-day, off-road ride that starts and finishes at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH and averages more than 100 miles per day. There’s even a brand-new Kids Ride for kids age 14-16 who want to participate. For more info:  http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/TeamCF/100_Northern_New_England_Nashua?pg=entry&fr_id=7576

13th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Ride, June 8

Join the official kick-off event for Laconia Motorcycle Week with hundreds of other riders on this police-escorted ride around Lake Winnipesaukee. Riders meet at 11am at the NASWA Resort in Laconia and return at 1pm at the same location for lunch and entertainment all afternoon. Ride benefits the Laconia Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team, Easter Seals NH Veterans Count Program, and more. More info: https://laconiamcweek.com/event/13th-annual-peter-makris-memorial-ride/

Mae-West Memorial ‘For the Love of Pets’ Ride, June 10

This ride through local scenic towns starts at Rally Headquarters on Lakeside Avenue and ends at NH Motor Speedway for raffles and music. Line-ups begin at 8:30am, ride leaves at 10:30am. Entry fee includes a custom Sick Boy Motorcycle t-shirt with proceeds benefiting local animal shelters. Over the past several years, this ride has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the NH Humane Society.  More info: https://laconiamcweek.com/event/pet-run-ride-mae-west-memorial-ride-leaves-rally-headquarters-1030am-ride-local-scenic-towns-ends-broken-spoke-saloon-raffles-music-proceeds-benefit/

Makris Steak & Lobster House Benefit Ride from Coast to the Mountains, June 11

Help local Veteran Non-Profits by participating in this popular ride which starts at 9am at the Makris Steak & Lobster House in Loudon, heads up through New Hampshire’s White Mountains and ends back at the restaurant. Enjoy live music and promos after the ride from 5pm – 9pm. More info:  https://laconiamcweek.com/event/makris-steak-lobster-house-benefit-ride-from-coast-to-the-mtns-ride-starts-ends-at-makris-lobster-steak-house-in-loudon-900am/

2nd Annual Speedway Children’s Charities NH Chapter Ride for the Kids, June 12

Join hundreds of other riders as they start off with a 3-lap ride around “The Magic Mile” of NH Motor Speedway before heading over to the beautiful coast of New Hampshire. The ride ends at Seacoast Harley-Davidson in North Hampton and includes a barbecue lunch and commemorative patch. Best of all, it raises money for the NH Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, an organization that, since its inception, has provided close to $1.7 million, supporting nearly 750,000 children throughout the northeast. Your $50/Rider & $25/Passenger registration fee directly supports their efforts. More info: https://laconiamcweek.com/event/speedway-childrens-charities-motorcycle-ride-from-nh-motor-speedway/

Charity Bike Ride & Breakfast, June 15

Our charity rides wrap up Saturday, June 15 with this popular ride that begins and ends at Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty in Belmont. Kickstands up at 10:15am with a “tiny house” on site for tours. Ride benefits the Lakes Region Children’s Auction. More info: https://laconiamcweek.com/event/charity-bike-ride-breakfast-benefit-lakes-region-childrens-auction/

At Laconia, we ride (for some great causes)!

Laconia Motorcycle Week® gives great appreciation to all of our sponsors, especially our Presenting Sponsors: Progressive, AMSOIL, and American Iron Outfitters as well as the State of New Hampshire for their large financial support of our rally each year.

Ride Safe and Keep Away from the Centerline!

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Photo caption: Riders take their pets for a ride at the annual Mae-West Memorial ‘For the Love of Pets’ Ride”

6th Annual Aidan’s Ride Update

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The 6th Annual Aidan’s Ride Brooklyn will now take place on Sunday June 30, 2019 at Indian Larry Motorcycles. The ride has been postponed to June 30th due to thunderstorm warnings on the original date June 2nd. Time, location, route and the general event schedule remain the same.

For more information on the 6th Annual Aidan’s Ride Brooklyn, visit  https://indianlarry.com/blogs/news/6th-annual-aidans-ride-brooklyn.

Individuals who purchased tickets for June 2nd and are no longer able to attend the event rescheduled for June 30th will be reimbursed, upon request. To purchase more tickets, register online here: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/event_step1/NTQ4MjM=

Be in it to Win it, For a Great Cause!!

Win this Harley Davidson period correct Shovelhead with one previous owner and 8,517 miles , feel free to stop by Indian Larry Motorcycles 70 North 15th Street in Brooklyn, NY 11222 or to purchase tickets go to:

http://aidanjackseegerfoundation.org/shop

All proceeds go to the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation and helps us to continue helping families affected by ALD and fighting for newborn screening nationwide.
Raffle tickets are only $20 and the winner will be pulled during the 6th Annual Aidan’s Ride on June 30th. The winner does not need to be present on the day of the ride and will be notified via mail, email and/or phone call. Pick up or shipping of the bike is the responsibility of the winner.

If you have any questions, few free to shoot us an email or give us a call at (718) 609- 9184.

Hope to see you all soon,
Indian Larry Motorcycles and Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation