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Fun and Fun and Fandango 2024

Photos and Text by Chris Callen, Cycle Source A good old fandango, kicking-up some dust Texas-style in Fredericksburg. If you’re into motorcycles, chances are you are also into old ones. There’s no better way to snatch a weekend full of antique and vintage two-wheel machines than an AMCA (Antique Motorcycle Club of America) meet. Problem can be some of the AMCA meets are a tad slow-paced, and sometimes if you pull in on a chopper, you’ll get a raised eyebrow or two. That’s not true in Texas, with the Cherokee Chapter of the AMCA. They initiated the Texas Fandango, and 2024 marked the third annual Fandango in Fredericksburg, Texas. It was a huge success. Click here to read this photo feature article on Bikernet.com * * * *

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100WFC: Divide and Run by Gearhead

Divide and Run by Gearhead with illustration by Wayfarer TJ on his ‘80 Super Glide, Budreu on his ‘80 Wide Glide and me on my ‘70 Electra Glide jammed. The local sheriff waited for us to make a slip up for days. We knew all the back roads. We left the Rusty Nail bar one night and spotted the Sheriff in our vibrating sideview mirrors. Three abreast, we pulled up to the only dingy stop light in town. He turned on his flashing cop lights, and we left on the hazy green signal in three different ways. He pulled into the intersection and just sat there. (publication dated 11-May-2024) * * * Check out this year’s winners and all the entries since last year by visiting Bikernet.com https://www.bikernet.com/pages/Bikernet_100_Word_Fiction_Contest_2024.aspx

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100 WFC: A Last Milestone by Steven Sanner

100 word fiction contest continues…. #100WFC A Last Milestone by Steven Sanner with illustration by Wayfarer The wind whipped across my face like a thousand cats shredding flesh. I thought of warmer conditions, but the falling 40-degree temps and fading light would not relent. I’m glad I invested in the horsehide coat; I wished for chaps to match. Then, a warm feeling kindled deep within me, remembering the gratitude expressed by the family of the fallen soldier for having been a riding escort to the gravesite…enough to get me back home. I will be riding again—rain, shine, snow, or freezing temps—to make it to the next patriot Guard mission. It’s the least I could do to give thanks. (publication dated 19-December-2023) * * * Know past winners and 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

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100 WFC: Merry-up by Wayfarer

100 word fiction contest continues…. #100WFC Merry-up by Wayfarer with illustration by Wayfarer Treading snow getting your V-Twin by the roadside is a workout I could do without. I had feast and festivities on my mind; skipped lunch to dig into the cooking that awaited me at home. Not a spark of life in sight on Christmas Eve! As I spied any vehicle or mobile phone signal—whoa, a bunch of kids from the neighborhood came dragging a large towing trolley. “Where’d you get that thing?” “Hey, Mr. Pete! ‘Twas lying outside the ol’ junkyard,” chirped one kid. “Let’s put it to good use fellas, we got to repair and rebuild—not throw and waste this season.” “Yay” they yelled, helping me get the flat tire towed on a joyous sleigh. (publication dated 16-December-2023) * * * Know past winners and 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

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100 WFC: Joy Of Giving by Wayfarer

100 word fiction contest continues…. #100WFC Joy of giving by Wayfarer with illustration by Wayfarer “For he is a jolly old fool, who gives away his tools…” Jenny teased her hubby who desperately gifted his old parts and tools to anyone who spent time with him. “I have one motorcycle and I love her and she has no use for heaps of junk piling up in my garage,” Grant explained. “Well, how about repairing it first?” continued Jenny. “I did.” He yanked off a canvas tarp to reveal a restored sidecar, “No excuse for you to not ride now honey!” “You did all this for me?” “I was talking to the dog!” teased Grant. (publication dated 15-December-2023) * * * WINNER of the 100 word-limit fiction contest for NOVEMBER-2023 is Jeffrey, aka J J Spain 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

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100 WFC: Nap Time by Jeffrey

100 word fiction contest continues…. #100WFC Nap Time by Jeffrey with illustration by Wayfarer “Your friend passed out.” Sissy, a redhead supermodel bartender at the Buffalo Chip, said to Salas. Salas, looking at Ronnie, whose face was on the table, a dozen shot glasses surrounded his head said, “You’ve got to be shitting me. We’re staying at the Throttle; he can’t ride for hours.” “Come with me, I’m on break till 8:00, he can sleep it off at my cabin.” Sissy said. Salas laid Ronnie on the concrete porch as Sissy entered her one room home. She reopened the door, her naked body got Sala’s attention. “Want to come in?” Salas whispered, “I love you, Ronnie.” * * * Like Jeffrey’s fiction? Check out his novels at his website https://mikesalasnovels.com/ Tell him, Bikernet.com sent ya Know past winners and 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

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100 WFC: Shop before you drop

100 word fiction contest continues…. #100WFC Shop before you drop by Rhys with illustration by Wayfarer Woke up to a bright sunny warm fall day in New England. Thought it would be fun to ride west into the Berkshires to visit a friend at college a few hours away. Off I went cruising on my old Triumph and enjoying things when in a matter of a mile or two temps dipped way down. Minus gloves and wearing a jean jacket the cold just ripped through me. Stopped for gas and scored some work gloves to cut the wind and bought several newspapers and stuffed my jacket and down my crotch. I finally reached my destination and it took a while to shed the chill. Note to self: Gloves, leather and scarf on next trip. * * * Suit up at 5-Ball Racing Leathers. https://5-ballgarage.com/ Know past winners and 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

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24th Annual Twisted Nipple Races

by Bandit with photos by Clint Schlegel Outlaw Mini-Nationals, Nipple Blossom Festival Freddie Cuba, a longtime custom bike builder of dubious renown grew up in Hastings, Nebraska, but bought a cabin 28 miles outside of town in Deweese in 1999. So get this, he flat-track raced for several years, but got disillusioned. His brother said something about driving hundreds of miles to race for a costly experience and said, “Fuck it, let’s build a track out by your cabin.” There you have it, buck the system, build your own track and so, Freddie Cuba produced his own races in Deweese for 20 years and then moved. Experience the motorcycling underbelly (and nipple) in this photo-feature article, click here. * * * * * * * * * * * * Get on top, ride with Bikernet by subscribing to our Cantina menu ! Click here  

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Old Bikers Never Die

by Amy Irene White They Just Smoke More Weed Last night I was sittin’ in my chair, window shopping chrome for my new hardtail Sportster, as my old back beat a steady rhythm of pain through my body… and I got a message from the sister of one of my old riding buddies. My heart thudded loudly as I stared for a minute at the first few words she typed… ‘Hey I keep forgetting to tell you that my brother Ron…’ I was terrified to click on it and read the end of that sentence. Finally, I worked up the nerve to open it, and thankfully she was just telling me he was in a nursing home here in town. Click here to read this anecdote from Amy only on Bikernet.com * * * * * * * * * * * *

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100 WFC: Mountain by Koz Mraz

100 word fiction contest continues…. #100WFC Mountain by Koz Mraz (illustration by Wayfarer) The mountain where we dance, endless pirouettes, left, right then left again. Freely falling into gravity’s demanding arms then with a twist of the throttle are thrust into the next delicious curve. She lifts the spirit as we ascend, transcend, riding high above the mundane until among the stars we fly. And the mountain is where we fight. Wrestling against hairpin turns, battling hard against opposing forces, often for our life. Because if the mountain wins…we die. Mountain is where we face our fears, test inner resolve or chase foolish whims and from atop, the breadth of life’s journey reveals. * * * * * * * * Yup, its a weekly contest open to all. Just sign up for the free weekly newsletter by clicking here. Then email us your 100 word limit fiction to wayfarer@bikernet.com WINNERS SO FAR: 1. for the month of May 2023: “Been There Done That” by Steven Sanner 2. for the month of June 2023: “A Hundred” by Chris Dutcher 3. for the month of July 2023: “First Time” by Rhys 4. for the month of August 2023: “Hilary” by Gearhead

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