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Built by the Himalayas

COMING SOON TO USA THE HIMALAYAN 450, BUILT BY THE HIMALAYAS A motorcycle with strong adventure lineage yet remains true to our philosophy of pure motorcycling. The all-Himalayan retains the capability, versatility and the ability to go anywhere your adventure takes you. Nothing you don’t need and everything that you do. We invite you to come join us on one of the 5 incredible trips through empty stretches of pristine landscape, traversing rock-strewn pathways, crossing great valleys and some of the highest mountain passes in the world – and all the while being surrounded by snow-capped views that will continue to take your breath away. Choose one of the expertly curated routes below. Limited Slots Available! Moto Himalaya Zanskar 2024 offers an unparalleled and unforgettable 2-wheeled experience! Get well off the beaten path in this vastly unexplored region and soak in the raw adventure. On this ride through Zanskar, nothing is static – you’ll capture the distilled essence of exploration and conquer uncharted roads and off-road stretches. Visit https://www.royalenfield.com/us/en/motorcycles/himalayan-450/ Tell ’em Bikernet.com Sent Ya !!!  

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Get Your Kicks on Route 666

Story and photos Koz Mraz www.kozmoto.com Arizona has incredible geological diversity that lie between Flagstaff’s Humphries Peak, at 12,637 feet to the Grand Canyon, the Red Rocks of Sedona to lush Verde Valley. Arizona also has the longest continuous stretch of uninterrupted Route 66 two-lane asphalt and is home to Route 666. Renamed SR 191 in 2003 because the Department of Transportation was constantly replacing stolen highway signs. Click here to read this ride report only on Bikernet.com * * * *

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100 WFC: What’s It Gonna Be

What’s It Gonna Be by Keith ‘Bandit’ Ball with illustration by Wayfarer Jake at 6 feet and buffed pulled up to the log cabin saloon off Highway 25, in CO on his highbar 80 flathead. No other bikes in the lot, only SUVs. He ordered a 3-2-1 Jack from blonde and bodacious. Her eyes sparkled but darted with concern. Suddenly surrounded by a young crew in camos, they snarled and brandished weapons. “Your loud pipes are done. It’s a climate emergency!” Said big and fuzzy. “What’s it gonna be?” Jake asked. “Freedom and Truth or a lying piece-of-shit dictatorship.” Fuzzy hesitated and gulped. “Bring it on,” Jake said. “Bikers are ready.” (publication dated 22-May-2024) * * * Read all about this 100 word mania at the contest page—click here https://www.bikernet.com/pages/Bikernet_100_Word_Fiction_Contest_2024.aspx

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Deadwood’s Biker Jailer

Based on actual events in 1982 by Keith “Bandit” Ball with illustrations by Wayfarer Deadwood, a town of outlaws, grit, gold, mile-deep mines, gambling and whores wrestled annually with South Dakota weather. It’s a bustling town of 1,200 dealing with an onslaught of three million drunken, gambling visitors a year. About 1982 a scruffy biker named Rusty, with a full beard mowed lawns and his wife worked at Family Dollar a couple of blocks away on the cobblestone street, while the Homestake mine endured another strike. Wasn’t much going on when the Sheriff asked Rusty if he would ride along on a prisoner transfer to Sioux Falls for 100 bucks. He smiled and took the job. Wasn’t much to it and he continued to fulfill the city position as a transport guard until busses came along and the Sheriff said, “I don’t want to lose you.” Click here to read this incredible adventure as only retold by Bandit on Bikernet.com * * * * Join the gang by becoming a member–check out your options by clicking here.  

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The Run to the Black Hills

The Bandit’s Cantina Episode 104 by Bandit “Sorry,” Bandit shouted from the top of the stairs as he headed down with his bedroll packed. “I just sold the Cantina to a strip-club purveyor for over 2 million. “It will be called Ship Wreck Joey’s in three months and they’ll bring thugs to clear your no-home, drug-addicts out of the parking lot.” The broad from the mayor’s office looked sorta wide-eyed. “I had the brothers interview every homeless credent shitting on our sidewalks. Not one moved here with the intentions of buying a home. They came here because you promised them free, tax-payer financed drugs. I hope that’s working for you,” Bandit said and made his way out to his chopper where the bros waited. Click here to read the latest episode from this adventure. * * * *

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Polaris Slingshot shoots on ahead in 2024

Well, purists may say it is not a trike and hence branded and classified as an “autocycle” by NHTSA. Irrespective of your preference and riding experiences, Polaris Slignshot continues to be a bestseller in its category as an autocycle. Slingshot has been so popular that the 2024 version will receive quite a few updates. In fact, I would like to see if Harley-Davidson will enter the autocycle segment to keep its three-wheeled business busy among dealerships. Polaris so far, has no interest in the traditional trike. Whereas Can-Am Spyder has its own unique market, not directly competing against Slingshot. I would say Can-Am Spyder is a choice for those unhappy with a big and heavy V-Twin powered Harley-Davidson Freewheeler and its luxurious sibling Road Glide and Tri Glide Ultra. H-D took a big gamble with Pan America and riders responded positively, at least initially. Even their return into India market with 440X, a small engine bike to compete against the local legend Royal Enfield, met with more bookings than they ever expected in this year, their 120th anniversary year. The recent India Bike Week saw custom built Harley-Davidson 440X showcased to the crowds which included one with a sidecar and a cafe-racer styled version. Will Polaris Slingshot and Polaris Indian as a whole consider expanding to Asian markets with local manufacturing to rival Harley-Davidson’s aspirations in China and India depends mainly on opportunities offered in investment and capital expenditure by the local governments in those nations. The automotive sector is booming for both, the Asian Dragon and the Asian Tiger, and Elon Musk might just put up a Tesla plant in India since Chinese cars, motorcycles and EVs are not promising given the Chinese military ambitions at it’s neighbors borders. QUAD Summit for 2024 seems to be postponed as POTUS

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Bandit’s Latest Fiction: Christmas Dreams

CHRISTMAS DREAMS: The Family Code By Bandit with illustrations by Wayfarer Gabriel rode hard, fought hard and searched his soul year after year after he found himself in the Chopper homeland of Sturgis, South Dakota. He ultimately discovered a spot of land in Boulder Canyon, containing a modest cabin and a heated shop space to die for, but a double shot of Jack on the rocks at the Oasis lounge in downtown became his solace from his haunting blues. Something clawed at him like a bad dream, a scolding mother or the fight, when he nearly killed a man in a blind rage. He felt like a soldier missing an arm. “What’s eating at you,” Shirley said and knew when to pour him another drink. “I don’t know,” Gabriel said. “I can’t figure it out.” “Was it a girl?” Shirley muttered making change. “It usually is.” “There’s been a few,” Gabriel said and took a swig of the Jack before the ice fully melted. “There was one.” His voice drifted off. Click here for reading this illustrated romance thriller only on Bikernet.com * * * * Get some Motorcycle Adventure Books to stuff stockings — head to the 5-Ball Racing Shop by clicking here. https://5-ballgarage.com/

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Bikernet.com 100 Words Fiction Contest Report

We are into the 7th month of this popular contest — a challenge to write fiction in 100 words or less– and win Bikernet.com swag and goodies. October was the 6th month and we had contestants return to participate again. The contest can be addictive, especially once you know you can actually write a meaningful story within 100 words. So delightfully, we announce that the winner for October is also the person who won this contest first-time around– back in May 2023 — so Congratulations to Steven Sanner. He delivers action and emotion yet again on two-wheels with his latest entry “Long Rides.” Check it out on Bikernet Blog at: https://blog.bikernet.com/100-wfc-long-rides-by-steven-sanner/ Read all entries ever published by visiting: https://www.bikernet.com/pages/100_Word_Fiction_Contest.aspx All you gotta do is subscribe to Bikernet’s free weekly newsletter and send in your entry to wayfarer@bikernet.com See you on the Blog. Happy inking! –Wayfarer Editor: Bikernet Blog BIKERNET.COM ™

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A Halloween Travel Adventure!

KOZ MRAZ PRESENTS A Halloween Travel Adventure! October 26th @ 4:00pm at the Mary Fisher Theater in Sedona These twisted tales on two wheels follow the Easy Rider movie route, and the “Midnight Rider”on his graveyard run. Travel to Utah on a hunt for the Skinwalker and El Chupacabra. Visit ghost sculptures in Nevada, then head to Death Valley and be awed by the story of the haunted Amargosa Opera House. Arrive in Joshua Tree with a surprise visit to the haunted room which Graham Parsons (The Byrds) died. End the journey with a visit to a mysterious UFO Energy Dome, the infamous Slab City, and the collapsing Salvation Mountain. Motorcycle Mysteries: A Halloween Travel Adventure Motorcycle Mysteries Halloween Travel Adventure! Thursday October 26th 4:00 p.m. @ Mary Fisher Theater. Tickets $15.00. This Halloween Travel Adventure will be full of ‘chills and thrills’ with a FREE book for all attendees, giveaways from Bikernet, Fast Lane Motorcycle Speed Shop, and more. Plus, Sedona Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rentals is giving away a fun motorcycle sidecar adventure for two! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS Tell ’em Bikernet.com sent ya !

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Life & Times of Bandit 2023

It’s non-stop from LA to Sturgis to Bonneville, Deadwood, Bikes and Books… by Bandit The shop was finished and we experienced our first real winter in the Black Hills. The redhead slid off the driveway in her Subaru and it took two pickups, chains and an excavator to pull her back onto the concrete, and we don’t live on a hill… This has been a tremendously meaningful year. Wild accomplishments, projects, violence, setbacks, death and creative inspirations. I feel so incredibly blessed to have this experience in the Black Hills. I was working on my third Knucklehead chopper tech, and something dawned on me. I just turned 75 and beheld all the cool stuff I can do this year. I can build a modern S&S Knucklehead in a modified vintage frame with an old stock XA front end, including old and new parts. Then I can build a 1913 H-D board-track racer, because vintage shit is being manufactured all over the world. I can write another book, go to Bonneville with the Salt Torpedo, build metal art, work on my home in Sturgis, drive a lowered ’58 Chevy, learn the history of South Dakota and write cool articles on Bikernet every day! What could be better… Click here to read this report from Bandit, only on Bikernet.com * * * * * * * * * * * *

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