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Life and Times of Bill May, 1971

The Girl, the Stroked Knucklehead and the Band as narrated by Bill May Shifting back in time, in 1970 I sold the bike I rode from Nevada to Oklahoma on in ‘69. I cruised back to Reno for a few months and fell in love with a girl there. I was riding with a small club in Oklahoma. There wasn’t much going on and I guess I was just bored. I took off to Reno in a ‘62 Chevy. When I arrived there, she touched me but had a young child and a husband in LA. She ultimately decided she should go back and make up with him. Click here for the ride down memory lane, splitting hairs about what was only on Bikernet.com * * * Do you yearn to know the real deal about the golden era gone by in chopper culture and outlaw lifestyle? We got you covered and with plenty more to dig through in the Bandit’s Cantina. It is an exclusive area, guarded by hounds of Harley-Davidson bikers and their minions. Visit https://www.bikernet.com/pages/custom/subscription.aspx Try the best membership deal online since 1996

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Yamaha Announces New YZ250FX & WR250F

Yamaha Announces New YZ250FX & WR250F Along with Additional Updates to Off-Road Lineup MARIETTA, Ga. – July 10, 2024 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA is introducing its new lineup of 2025 off-road motorcycles with thrilling options for enthusiasts ranging from young beginning riders to seasoned professionals. The spotlight for 2025 falls on the exciting and ultra-capable new YZ250FX and WR250F. Based closely on Yamaha’s class-dominating YZ250F motocrosser, the new YZ250FX and WR250F are both designed to be slim, light and agile off-road weapons, ready for competition straight out of the box. The YZ250FX includes specific suspension and engine tuning suited to the extreme conditions of cross country racing, while the WR250F is prepped for enduro with unique engine and suspension tuning, an H4 headlight, LED taillight, shortened muffler with spark arrestor and other specific enduro features. New 2025 Yamaha YZ250FX Fresh off claiming last year’s XC2 GNCC title, the new 2025 YZ250FX features an extensive list of enhancements designed to further boost its class-leading performance and capability. With a revamped chassis, updated suspension tune, and reconsidered ergonomics, the new FX is lighter, sharper and more agile, with a better handling feel. Perfect for carving up tight cross country courses. Updates to the 2025 model begin with a completely redesigned aluminum bilateral beam frame. Based on the competition-proven YZ250F, the new frame provides just the right amount of strength and flex for the perfect balance of stability and cornering performance. The redesign also includes model-specific engine mounts and lightweight subframe. The result is a better handling machine with lightweight feel and increased front wheel traction, allowing the rider to enter corners with greater confidence and more line choices. Complementing the revised frame, the YZ250FX’s class-leading, fully adjustable KYB® suspension is 10mm shorter and includes updated settings to deliver exceptional balance between

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Frankie 1964: Life and Times of Bandit

An Outlaw Rider’s Story by Keith “Bandit” Ball illustrated by Wayfarer Whether he knew it or not he reveled in three aims, creativity through motorcycles, freedom through riding and the touch of a woman. He quickly discovered insincerity, power, control and evil in the service, but Frankie held true to his belief in fairness and freedom. He fought to save his fellow sailors from confinement by the hands of power hungry Shore Patrol Officers. He stepped in when a gang attempted to fuck-up a fellow shipmate in the Philippines. He sought a sense of violent understanding and when to step into the fight and when to step away. After his third tour in ‘Nam, he married his second love and during the confined periods on ship he wrote her adoring letters and studied motorcycle magazines. He dodged military treachery and ended up close to home, where he could ride, build a shop and start to customize motorcycles. Soon, he had run-ins with clubs in San Pedro with Outlaws and Hangmen and then the Hells Angels and Hessians at the Chino run in Riverside. Click here to read this hard fisted, fast paced, road ripping fiction only on Bikernet.com * * * * Get your fix of Two-Wheeled Adventures, real and unreal–in our Two-wheeled Tales department for free.

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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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The Mike Parti Story

A portrait of an avid motorcyclist by Michael Fitzsimons  Parti was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 23, a long time ago. At 15, Parti bought an old Ford jalopy. When his mother saw the car, she threatened to chain the tires together until Parti turned 16 and got his driver’s license. Early on, he bought an old Indian Scout for $15, which Parti pointed out was the going rate for a bike that didn’t run in those days. NOTE FROM Bandit: Mike Parti sadly passed a few years back, but his bikes and his legacy live on. Recently his daughter Clarice “Tish” kindly donated this historic sidecar rig to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. We are exceedingly proud to add this unique Bonneville Vincent powered sidecar rig to the race inspired exhibits. Click here to read this photo feature article only on Bikernet.com * * * * Subscribe to the Bikernet.com Free Weekly Newsletter by clicking here  

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Wheels Through Time presents perfect gift for Father’s Day

Last Call for Father’s Day The perfect gift for Father’s Day and the motorcycle lover in your life. Looking for the perfect gift for Father’s Day? What better gift than the chance to win this RARE piece of history and WTT Swag! THE 1936 KNUCKLEHEAD CAN BE YOURS! By entering in at the “Greater Deal” package you will get the brand new Gold Standard tee along with your ’36 Tee, and DVD. At the “Better Deal” package or higher, you will get the “Gold Standard” Tee and a chance to win the Ultimate WTT Swag Bag, along with your ’36 Tee, and DVD. AND YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUR 22nd ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! Dale’s Wheels Through Time will celebrate its 22nd-Anniversary Celebration from July 4th to July 8th with a week full of history, horsepower, and thrills, and we want you to be a part of it! All week long, museum staff will be firing up rare motorcycles for your eyes and ears to enjoy. Many of these machines have not been run in years! The museum will also host the American Motordrome Company’s “Wall of Death,” which will put on FREE thrill shows for visitors all week!

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“That” Build: VLXAFL-5 Build Series Part 8

Almost ready to Wire and Fire A labor of love report from Bandit with photos by the Redhead and Weed “Hang on! My alignment issues through the driveline weren’t over. I even had an issue with the front wheel alignment. This tech may jump around some, but you’ll get it. At least the transmission was in place securely and I could Flex seal the oil tank mount and install the oil tank, run the oil lines, attach the oil filter mount, make a front chain guard, make a kickstand stop, find the pieces for a clutch throw-out bearing, make the proper length pushrod, order a clutch cable from Barnett and almost forget the code for clutch adjustment.” ~~~Bandit Click here to read this custom build update with photos and more only at Bikernet.com * * * * Get all the metal and mechanics to fill your garage with new projects only at Bikernet.com FREE DEPARTMENTS — click here https://blog.bikernet.com/department/bike-builds/

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100 WFC: The Widow’s Son by Wayfarer

The Widow’s Son by Wayfarer with illustration by Wayfarer Tobey pawned off whatever was left of his inheritance—clothes, shoes, cheap jewelry and twenty years of Reader’s Digest. He sold suitcases for trips never ventured. These were of no benefit while his Mom was alive. Life insurance paid a pittance of her funeral bill. All the cash he mustered amounted to the sum of $ 21,699.25. The sum total cops wanted for a rotting, rusting Panhead, once Tobey’s father’s ride. Mom sold it to make ends meet when Dad died in a work accident. A means to beginning Tobey’s new life of freedom from familial obligations. He sought the rehaul, the ride and the open road. His Harley represented a magnificent metamorphosis. (publication dated 07-June-2024) * * * Read the rest and the previous year’s entries and winners at https://www.bikernet.com/pages/Bikernet_100_Word_Fiction_Contest_2024.aspx

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Wisconsin Girl In London

Cat Hammes rides London and brings us there What a cool way to spend time away, in no other place like London at a motorcycle show. The London MotoShow is an annual event held at this incredibly beautiful location called the Tobacco Docks. I thought I would check it out, I’m here. I was in for a shock, this Wisconsin girl in London! — Cat Hammes Click here to read this photo feature travelogue only on Bikernet.com * * * * Go Places. Get Free Entry to EVENT COVERAGE Department at Bikernet.com Click here. https://www.bikernet.com/pages/Event_Coverage.aspx

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