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Paul Jr. Designs/Renegade Wheels Trinity Air Cleaners

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The new PAUL JR DESIGN TRINITY air cleaners from Renegade wheels make a unique and impressive statement. And not only are they crowd stoppers, but they are superior quality “dirt, dust and grime” stoppers as well. Retailing at just $349.00, the TRINITY AIR CLEANER KITS features CNC machined billet aluminum face plate, a oil-free filtration element, internal crankcase breathers and installation hardware.

Artistic faceplates can be ordered in a variety of finishes, including the finest mirror finish chrome, hand polished and Phantom Cut finished to match Renegade Wheel designs. Renegade uses a space-age filter element which provides an air flow increase up to 20% with resulting increases in horsepower and overall engine performance. Available options include Rain Socks, Black Mesh Screen kits and Mikuni carb adapter. . Kits are available to fit most Harley models. For complete details call 714-998-7241 and be sure to visit their awesome site at

Excelsior Hill Climber Under Restoration

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Editor's Note: This story is reprinted from the Fuller Report


We stopped by Lenny’s place in Sturgis while in town. Over the years he has helped people restore vintage tin by reproducing obsolete parts and building complete bikes. Easily, one of the highlights of my Sturgis trips every year!

As we walked past the NOS Indian 18″ Paddle tire from way back my mouth dropped….there was an Excelsior Hill Climber!!

Here’s an excerpt from the Antique Motorcycle Club of America’s website about the “Big Bertha” and Excelsior Hill Climber engine: In the ’20s, the board-track racing era was coming to an end. Motorcycle competition on these massive, banked structures, some of them more than a mile in length, had grown out of the popularity of bicycle velodromes around the turn of the century. But the expense of maintaining the exposed outdoor structures, together with negative publicity following several high-profile fatalities, forced motorcycle racing to take new directions.

The most obvious move was to flat-track competition, conducted on dirt ovals designed for horse racing. But the other big trend of the 1920s was hillclimb racing.

While riding up hills on roads had been a test of motorcycles from the earliest days of the sport, American-style hillclimb racing quickly developed into a form of near-vertical drag-racing. One at a time, riders would launch specially built motorcycles straight up the face of a steep hill. In the early days, the hill often proved too much, and riders were ranked based on the distance they covered. But for those who cleared the top of the hill, the winner was determined on the basis of the fastest time.

The country’s most prominent motorcycle manufacturers—Harley-Davidson, Indian and Excelsior—had waged factory warfare on the boards, hiring the best riders and building exotic, one-of-a-kind machines to claim racetrack glory. In the late teens and ’20s, those teams expanded into hillclimb racing, hoping to demonstrate technological superiority in every form of competition.

One of the rising stars of the new era was Joe Petrali, who had burst upon the racing scene with a win in a prestigious 100-mile board-track race in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1925. That win came in a one-off ride aboard a Harley-Davidson factory racer that became available when one of the company’s established stars, Ralph Hepburn, was injured. But Petrali was quickly signed to a factory contract for the rest of the year.

When Harley withdrew from racing at the end of 1925, though, Excelsior, part of the Schwinn bicycle empire, hired Petrali, who immediately proved his worth as a racer, repeating his Altoona victory in 1926 aboard Excelsior’s advanced 45-cubic-inch (about 750cc) SuperX.

But Petrali was also acknowledged as an engine technician, and he got a chance to demonstrate those skills in 1928, following a serious racetrack injury that took him out of contention in 1927.

In the race shop at Excelsior headquarters in Chicago, Petrali worked with the legendary Arthur Constantine, the man who had designed the SuperX, to develop a new overhead-valve engine for the 45-cubic-inch hillclimb class.

In addition, Petrali combined a crankcase from the SuperX with a set of special racing cylinders developed for the company’s single-cylinder, 30.05-cubic-inch (about 500cc) half-mile racing engines. The main advantage of this “M” type cylinder was that it incorporated an air passage between the cylinder and the pocket containing the inlet-over-exhaust valve configuration. The cylinder, developed by another famed engine designer of the time, Arthur Lemon, helped reduce heat distortion, making for an engine that could be tuned for more power without sacrificing reliability.
With two of the M-style cylinders atop the SuperX bottom end, Petrali created a 61-cubic-inch (about 1,000cc) twin that earned the nickname “Big Bertha.”

Mike Wolfe of American Pickers fame is having Lenny build it
Back into original condition. Tank was found with original paint on it! Rear wheel is an eBay item, and frame is an original Excelsior being stretched into a hill climber length.

Damn, I love this bike!!!

Casting Call For Riding Couples

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Hello Biker friends,

I'm working on a project that I could really use your help on.

It's my second music video and the theme is going to be women riding with their man – but they MUST be on their OWN bike. Real bikers, classy stuff only, no scantily clad models. I'm looking for photo submissions of male/female couples/friends riding side-by-side (see

(I’m also looking for as many riding couples as possible for an actual video shoot in mid-September in the Minneapolis area.)

I need help getting the word out to riders… do you think you can make an announcement in your various web sites/newsletters/magazines?

Tracey Cramer-Kelly, Author & Indie Award Finalist

NOW OUT! True Surrender: When an Army officer is rescued from terrorists, his personal journey is just beginning…




Sturgis Report By Doc Robinson

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Friday is the day of the Harley-Davidson Ride In Custom Bike Show that always features an interesting display of machinery from Vintage to state-of-the-art customs. Attendees were graced with the presence of Harley-Davidson royalty when Willie G. and Nancy arrived and were their usual patient and gracious selves, posing for photos and chatting with bike owners.

Dar Holdsworth of Brass Ball Bobbers/Darwin Motorcycles was able to show Willie G. over the bike he entered in this year’s AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, production manufacturer’s class, which he won for the second year in a row. Go Dar!

A full list of each day’s activities would take up several pages but Friday’s activities included a Tattoo Expo, American Indian dancers, the closing ceremony for the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall, a homemade bikini contest (go figure!), stunt riding, Slick Willie and the Miss Buffalo Chip Beauty Pagent. And then there are the parties in the bars, biker parties, and aren’t they the very best kind.

The crowds have thinned a bit but you wouldn’t know it if you had tried to make it out to Buffalo Chip for the Slash concert. Of course the trek out there was not helped by one of South Dakota’s infamous thunderstorms with driving rain and lightening streaking across the sky. But that did not deter the crowds who were there to party, hearty, rain or no rain.

Dream Chaser Racin’ Runs Her Fastest Ever, 175.80 mph

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Dream Chaser Racin’, Janette Thornley was excited to get back on her bike and continue chasing points at the AHDRA Thunder in the Valley Nitro Nationals held in Bristol Tennessee August 4 and 5.  With the Tulsa Oklahoma race, scheduled for the end of June, being cancelled it’s been nearly two months since the bike ripped down the track. 
Qualifying #3, Janette ran competitively and still holds the number five spot in the Hawaya Racing/Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson Pro Drag class in the 2012 AHDRA Championship Series.     
“As a rookie, I was concerned I may have lost some of my knowledge/experience from earlier in the year and not sure how comfortable I was going to be but with some good preparation and coaching, I jumped back on and ran a good solid test pass” said Janette.  “I felt good all weekend actually, happy with my performance”. 
Qualifying rounds were limited to two due to the storms that rolled through Friday night.  Despite the roll off on the throttle, for reasons she is still trying to overcome, Thornley ran a 7.666 ET at 149.85 mph and 7.616 ET at 175.80 mph during qualifying.  Her 175.80 mph happen to be the fastest for the Pro Drag class all weekend and her personal best.
Paired with Rich Crouthers, Janette took the win during round one eliminations. 
Thankfully Janette pulled a good light (.139) as she still have room for improvement here, and was ahead of Rich because she dropped a hole at the top end and began to lose speed rather rapidly.  Finished that pass with 7.852 ET at 159.36 mph.
Stepping into the semi-finals, Janette struck an even more impressive light (.090) but it wasn’t enough to stay ahead of Dale Niles and lost by 0.0549, running a 7.721 ET at 166.31 mph vs 7.606 ET at 165.13 mph.
“This is hard to take, losing by such a small amount”, said Thornley, “but this is a very tough, competitive class and someone has to be the winner/loser.  I’ll get Dale next time, he’s one up on me now!”
Janette Thornley is owner and operator of her nitro burning, carbureted, 121 ci Pro Dragster and Dream Chaser Racin’.  She is excited to have added LAT Racing Oils to her list of sponsors as of August 2012.  Thank you to all my sponsors: Autolite Sparkplugs, LAT Racing Oils, Lowry Callahan of Quality Refrigeration Company and Mark Lavine.  Special thanks to Ray and Jean Price; Freddie Robbins; Bill Hendren; and Doug Atkinson for your time; and to the Ray Price Race Team – Tommy Grimes, Justin Heinle, Jeremy Hoy, and Mark Morgan for all you do; and Dalton Matthews.  Sponsors always welcome!
 Contact Dream Chaser Racin’ at

Sturgis Thursday Report By Doc Robinson

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Another crazy day in that crazy city of Sturgis, South Dakota where it is all happening.

Shows, shows and more shows.

The Big Bagger Show featured some awesome baggers cut, shut and slammed to the max! Then there was the inimitable Rat’s Hole Show, the Hamsters Bike Show judged by the City Mayor and a stack of other events.

Big hearted Hamsters

Yaffe gets new heart. And – as befits a bike builder – it is a chrome one. Yes, prominent builder and Hamster Paul Yaffe received the Chrome Heart Award this week, presented by Childrens Care to honor individuals in the motorcycle world whose philanthropic support and civic duty represents everything positive in the industry and sport of motorcycling. A massive $200,000 was raised by the Hamsters at their annual dinner in Spearfish this year. The money goes to provide special education services to kids in the area through Childrens Care of Rapid City.

Sturgis by Night



Ah, the crazies all come out to play when the sun goes down, with scantily dressed gals of varying ages parading around displaying theirassets that vary from mouth watering to, “I wish I hadn’t seen that”. But the bars are the place to be with pretty gals vying for tips by doing everything from navel shots to wild dancing. But remember: what happens in Sturgis, stays in Sturgis – unless it’s featured on the Bikernet Blog.