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What’s hip and what’s real?

We see it constantly around us. It’s one of the things I liked about being a biker. It was just me and my motorcycle. I wore what I wore for me and nobody else. Most of us looked like hell most of the time. Who cared?

Life is changing fast and in many respects I don’t like the business formula thrust on us by many companies. I try to keep Bandit’s Cantina and Bikernet simple and to the point, no games.

As I often say behind a bottle of whiskey. “Time will tell and shit will smell,” as told to me by a Richmond Hells Angel when I was a prospect.

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Texas ROT Rally hits a homerun

This is a ’70s style event where alcohol meets full-frontal nudity. Over 200,000 made the annual pilgrimage to the Austin area to party like it was 1999 and with a good number of them entering the rally.

The ROT is a throwback rally where the Harley faithful connect at the Travis County Expo Center for music, stunt shows, vendors and custom bikes.

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Weekend Round-up for June 25, 2019

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Jim on the right with me, Micah and Marilyn Stemp.

It’s a Mix of Madness and Metal

By Bandit with shots from Wrench and Michael Lichter, the good ones. Oh and girls from Barry Green

I rode to Camarillo to Jim’s Retirement party after having lunch with Rebecca, my 5th wife. In a world gone mad and bikers from hell roaming the city nights, it’s cool to see a solid family like Jim’s unit blossom around motorcycle parts and everything is made in America at JIMS. Mike and his son were returning to the Headquarters after the Born Free Weekend.

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New details of Zero SR/F set to compete at Pikes Peak

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With the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb quickly approaching, Zero Motorcycles has released new details surrounding the preparation of its new SR/F for the race.

Zero’s internal engineering team, in collaboration with several brand partners including Gates Carbon Drive, Showa, Pirelli Tires, SME Group, Dymag and Hotbodies Racing, have transformed the powerful streetfighter into a full-blown racer for the June 30th event. Come race day, AMA-professional racer Cory West will pit the bike against some of the biggest names in the industry, testing adaptations including an upgraded suspension, handlebar-mounted brake levers, custom rearsets and more.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (June 20, 2019) – Zero Motorcycles, the brand that defined the category of electric motorcycles, introduced their most innovative and powerful motorcycle yet with the launch of SR/F earlier this year. Now, Zero’s internal engineering team, in collaboration with multiple partners, has transformed its new streetfighter into a full-blown racer, which AMA-professional racer Cory West will put to the test at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30.

“The racing effort for Pikes Pike at Zero is entirely run with internal engineering staff, who mostly commit their lunches, nights, and weekends to the cause,” said Brian Wismann, VP of Product Development at Zero Motorcycles. “No dedicated team members or factory-level budgets here. The bike was built with the support of key suppliers to the Zero production line, plus some clever designs from an engineering team let loose to experiment.”

With 110 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, Zero’s production SR/F already boasts impressive performance stats that challenge competitors representing the biggest names in the industry. Through the company’s “Blue Sky” program, which encourages Zero engineers to explore their creativity and reach for new heights, the SR/F has become an even more formidable contender, thanks in large part to the help of existing brand partners including Gates Carbon Drive, Showa, Pirelli Tires, SME Group, Dymag and Hotbodies Racing.

In lieu of the chain kit typically used for race bikes, Zero engineers opted to stick with the same Gates Carbon Drive belt found on the production model. Their hope is that the smooth delivery of torque from the concentric pivot and constant tension belt will give the SR/F an advantage when pitted against gas bikes, which need to shift and respond to power pulses and surges from internal combustion engines.

In order to upgrade the suspension on the SR/F, Zero tapped Showa for their rare Balance Free Front Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion lite (BFRC-lite) rear shock. The Showa components also serve the dual purpose of adding a contrasting visual accent against the matte black of the bike. Adding utlity and further visual character to the racer, Dymag forged aluminum wheels provide crucial weight savings, plus aesthetic appeal befitting the Pirelli Superbike Slicks fitted to them.

Additional adaptations to the SR/F from Zero’s engineering team include two handlebar-mounted brake levers, which allow for better rear brake modulation while banking deeply into right hand turns – only possible through the clutch-less design of Zero’s direct drive electric motor. Custom rearsets were also designed to accommodate the bike’s unique swingarm pivot, which is concentric with the motor output shaft.

Bringing together the overall concept is designer Tom Zipprian’s custom bodywork, which was 3D printed in-house specifically for Pikes Peak and reinforced with carbon fiber. Large number plates are required per race regulations, and this serves to stylishly accommodate those as well as provide useful data on testing the potential aerodynamic benefits of similar elements that generate downforce.

About Zero Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles is the global leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains. Designed and crafted by hand in California, Zero Motorcycles combines Silicon Valley technology with traditional motorcycle soul to elevate the motorcycling experience for intelligent, innovative riders around the world.

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Weekend Round-Up for June 17, 2019
Major Big Week Coming

It’s nuts. We finally finished the fiberglass top of the Salt Torpedo, sorta. I still needed to build the parachute box and fix some pieces in the bottom. There’s always something else.

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Discovered: Custom Drop Tank Trailer
The Ultimate Motorcycle Hauler

This custom motorcycle trailer was constructed using an A-7 Corsair II drop tank. It is finished in flat grey with Navy livery, and features include functional lights, torsional stub axles, and 16” wheels.

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for June 2019
Louisiana fights Back, Missouri finds Freedom, Texas Bans, Washington and More

  • Louisana enacts Law against Motorcyclist Profiling
  • Missouri Helmet Law a Signature away from Repeal
  • Red light cameras banned in Texas
  • Grass clippings and Motorcycles a Deadly mix
  • Tariffs could devastate Motorcycle industry claims Trade Group
  • Rolling Thunder Final Ride or Not
  • Easy Rider Encore

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5-Ball Racing Garage Leathers
Jak Shirt 5/8th Sleeve and Pit Crew Vest

The Jak Shirt is made from strong milled Buffalo leather, a top-grain quality leather. 5/8th Jak Shirt is ideal riding gear for cool and warm weather. The 5/8th sleeve hits just below the elbow.

Jak Shirt line is delivered with innovative features like a sunglasses pocket as well as conceal and carry pockets.

The lightweight Pit Crew Vest from 5-Ball Leathers is made from ballistic nylon. Ballistic nylon was originally designed in WWII to repel flying shrapnel.

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RIDE FREE FOREVER !!!

Denton Moto Born Free 11 Bike Build

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Denton Moto Born Free 11 Bike Build / Tucker Films

The Tucker Team once again heads west, this time in support our friend David Morales, co-founder of Denton Moto as he enters his 1957 Triumph “Freebird” in the Born Free 11 Invited Builders Show. See what David has to the say about his custom build.

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Weekend Round-Up for May 13, 2019
Gray Skies and Strange Times

This is a strange one. It’s May and supposed to be a very calm and successful month according to the stars and Chinese tea leaves.

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Salt Torpedo Chapter 18: Ready for Fiberglass
Even on Easter we made progress

You know me, I can’t sit still and talk about old times when we’re burnin’ daylight. My grandson Frankie showed up with the lovely Em who is another well-known tattoo artist. Harold and I said hello and peeled for the shop. I had to monkey with the Torpedo exhaust system again. The turn-out was going to be an issue.

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AMD Affiliate Qualifier Bike Show 2019 at ROT RALLY

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FREE STYLE WINNER GOES TO GERMANY FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

AMD Free Style Class

Anything goes, 2 or 3 wheel drivetrain/chassis motorcycle configuration as defined by the DMV. The only limitation is the builder’s imagination and resources.

This class is for those who want the chance for the opportunity to compete in AMD World Championship in Cologne, Germany. It is the direct path to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Cologne, Germany to Intermot to challenge the best builders in the world.

$50 registration fee includes two passes to the entire weekend’s events and concerts

Winner gets $2000 on sight plus another $8000 expense when they show at the 2020 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

Trophies to 5th Place

Garage Builders Open Class

This class is for fabricators that wish to show to promote their business rather compete. Registration fee includes a 10×10 outdoor booth for Builder’s businesses. This class is also ideal for any garage builder wanting to show off their talents and maybe prepare for more serious competitions in future.

$25 registration fee includes two passes to the entire weekend’s

Trophies for Call Outs in each division

Custom Street Division l

Must start with 1985 (1984 EVO’s will be included in this class) later major OEM engine and frame as base. Must maintain original engine cradle configuration. Neck may be cut to rake or stretch frame. Hard tail sections and wide tire alterations are acceptable. Must be a 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle configuration as defined by DMV.

  • Best Harley
  • Best Indian
  • Best in Division Winner
  • Best Euro/Metric

Custom Classic Division ll

Must have a 1984 or earlier OEM engine, replica engines are not allowed. Custom or stock modified frames are acceptable. Must be a 2 or 3 wheel motorcycle configuration as defined by DMV.

  • Best Chopper
  • Best Cafe/Trakker
  • Best Bobber
  • Best in Division Winner

In the Cantina – Weekend Roundup for April 24th 2019

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You know me, I can’t sit still and talk about old times when we’re burnin’ daylight. I had to monkey with the Torpedo exhaust system again. The turn-out was going to be an issue.

Micah and I got together on Monday and hammered at the firewall. We had a long discussion with Drew, who is a Bonneville AMA, and FIM tech. We kicked around the massive fire suppression bottles and whether we need two or one for both compartments.

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