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Don’t skimp on these 6 pieces of personal safety gear

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Tech & Maintenance Essentials for every garage

by Kyle Smith from Hagerty.com

It’s easy to become complacent with shop safety, especially when the effects of letting your guard down are not always immediate. Fact is, working on cars and motorcycles can be dangerous.

Safety gear ensures you enjoy your work, your vehicle and your health for a long time to come.

In this brief article, check out some items of essential kit for the home DIY enthusiast.

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Motorcycle riding rules including clothing gear for US Army troops abroad

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by Keith Pannell from https://www.army.mil

Clearing up confusion on motorcycle gear

BAUMHOLDER, Germany – The warmer weather means more motorcycle riders are taking advantage of Germany’s scenic roads. Riders should also take time to reacquaint themselves with the garrison and U.S. Army Europe-Africa motorcycle policies.

Some rules may seem obvious: “Motorcycle operators will ride only on the permanently attached seat,” according to the joint U.S. Army Europe-Africa Regulation 190-1/U.S. Air Force Europe-Africa Instruction 31-202, Section 5-6, b, 1, (June 18, 2020). But, there may be some other “guidance” which has been passed down from other riders that may not be exactly accurate.

“Active-duty service members, civilian employees, contractors and family members are required to have a U.S. state-issued motorcycle license or endorsement on a current U.S. state driver’s license to operate a motorcycle in Europe,” said Herbert Nold, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Safety specialist. “Additionally, riders are required to complete a four-hour approved U.S. Army in Europe motorcycle orientation course and pass a 30-question written test to receive a USAREUR-AF motorcycle license.”

The joint regulation also states that motorcycle riders will wear: “a helmet fastened under the chin, which meets all the American National Standards Institute” guidelines and, shatter-proof or shatter-resistant eye protection

Besides a helmet and eye protection, anytime a Soldier, civilian employee, family member or contractor pulls out of a parking spot, they are required to wear full-finger gloves made of leather or other abrasion-resistant material and over-the-ankle footwear “of sturdy leather and have a good, oil-resistant sole.”

Riders must also have on a long-sleeved shirt or jacket and full-length trousers any time they’re riding the motorcycle, according to the regulation. Those requirements apply both on and off a military installation.

“One of the things that’s popped up recently is what riders have to wear when they come onto an installation,” said Larry Strickland, USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Safety chief.

The regulations stipulate all Soldiers will wear “a vest, jacket, upper garments or motorcycle clothing that incorporates fluorescent and highly reflective material when operating or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle, moped, motorbike, ATV or similar vehicle at all times on or off post. Military uniforms, including physical fitness gear designed to be reflective, do not meet the criteria.”

“Army civilians, family members and contractors will wear fluorescent and reflective outer garments at all times when riding on an installation,” according to the same regulation.

“We highly encourage all civilian employees, including our local national employees, to wear fluorescent safety gear when riding on post as well,” Strickland said. “It’s just good motorcycle riding common sense.”

The U.S. military motorcycle regulations differ greatly from the host nation laws, Nold said.

“Unfortunately in Germany, there is only an obligation to wear a helmet,” he said. “But, more and more Insurance companies are beginning to reduce their accident payouts when riders are found not to have protective clothing but obvious injuries, which could have been prevented with protective attire.”

Strickland said the regulation also applies to “other vehicles with motorcycle-type engines” like Spyders and other three-wheeled vehicles.

For those who have questions on proper safety attire and equipment for motorcyclists riding on Army installations, please check with the garrison safety office at DSN 541-2300.

Women’s Racy Leather Hoodie Jacket

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Women’s Racy Leather Hoodie Jacket

$249.00 – $261.00

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This is an amazing collaboration with Deb and Bartels’ H-D. It’s a tailored strong leather jacket made with soft hide and a black sweatshirt hoodie that zips to the liner or to itself. Or you can take the hoodie out.

The Racy Jacket has multiple pockets including two easy-to-reach gun pockets, perfect for cameras or cell phones. They even come with detachable gun Velcro holsters.

They also come with the 5-Ball exclusive media pocket in the back where you can stash your favorite magazine.

If you need help with sizing or have any questions drop a line.

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Auction Item from Bandit and Howard Knight

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The Master Leather Worker Supports KidsRide

by Bandit with photos by Howard Knight

The 6th annual Flying Piston Benefit Breakfast, is set to kick off the 80th Anniversary Sturgis Rally. This celebrity-strewn Meet & Greet held Sunday, August 9, brings together custom builders and industry influencers to support veterans and new rider initiatives through Motorcycle Missions and AllKidsBike. It also features the unveiling of the 2020 Tiny Strider Customs.

I was in the process of moving to Deadwood and didn’t have time for a major metal sculpture, but I was inspired by my Howard Knight handmade belt with its intricate leather details. I could make a belt buckle and perhaps he could make a leather engraved belt to match. I could hope. I reached out to Howard and he agreed.

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An Interview with the MB Master

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Mario from MB Leathers in San Pedro.
By Buster and Bandit with photos from MB Leathers

Buster is a social media master, who works full time for Saddlemen seats. He’s also helping around the Bikernet/5-Ball nerve center and he’s a major motorcycle enthusiast. He’s going to bring some of his connections to the Bikernet family. The first is Mario from MB leathers in San Pedro.

Buster interviewed the leather master about his history and leather learning experience.

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5-Ball Leathers’ Pit Crew Vest

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5-BALL LEATHERS’ PIT CREW VEST

$161.00$166.00

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The lightweight Pit Crew vest from 5-Ball Leathers

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

The collar on the Pit Crew Vest is a mandarin style – unfolded stand up style – measures 1 ¼”, leather trim around arm holes and leather trim accents on front flaps. It features:

  • (2) Cary pockets
  • (2) chest pockets with snap closures
  • Leather trim on 2 side pockets with zipper closures
  • (2) ¼” leather band around the bottom of the vest
  • Side flaps with 2 snaps to adjust your fit.

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This vest comes with leather accents, two gun pockets (or for phone, cameras or tools) with holsters, several outside pockets, and an exclusive Bandit media pocket in the inside back, so you can carry your favorite Cycle Source issue, or your court file, if you’ll be standing in front of a judge.

5-Ball Leathers’ leather accents utilize Buffalo leather due to its excellent resistance to abrasion and wind. We honor those road warriors of the past with top-quality motorcycle gear.

We created a line of 5-Ball Jackets, vests and Jak Shirts for tough environments with industrial-strength construction. Whether you are heading to Sturgis or cross town in a rainstorm, our 5-Ball leather delivers comfort, security and good looks.

5-BALL RACING REPORT – Shop Now

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A new order is on its way to our headquarters. We are receiving orders for Bikernet Bandanas, which seem to be super popular right now. Wonder why?

With our new order, we will receive our redesigned Flat Out vest. It’s going to be a classic for years to come.

–Bandit

5-BALL LEATHERS’ FLAT OUT VEST

$225.00$228.00

The Flat Out Vest is the Leatherman Multi-Tool of Mens Motorcycle Leather vest

Our cleanest vest has now become our finest classic vest with no collar, but it does have the classic waist band. The front fist pockets are hidden. The chest pockets are classic western cut. They have killer storage with two deep gun pockets on the inside and our exclusive media pocket in the back for your latest issue of Cycle Source or divorce papers. These puppies are too cool and made with just the right leather grade, not too heavy and not too light.

100 Percentage- Flat Out VestEXTERIOR FEATURES:

  • (2) chest pockets
  • (2) waist pockets
  • (1) Sunglasses pocket

INTERIOR FEATURES:

  • (2) carry pockets with quick snaps
  • (1) Media Pocket
  • 100% cotton black/white plaid lining

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Real Bikernet Bandanas

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These puppies are the greatest. They are real 100% cotton bandanas dyed through, no silk screening. They are Covid approved and Sin Wu started to sew official Covid masks. She can make three mask from one Bikernet Bandana. They are soft and large 21 by 21 inches. And with each order you will receive a signed K. Randall Ball book and Bikernet and 5-Ball stickers. Hell, what could be better! –Bandit

Dimensions: 21” x 21”

Cost: $19.50 for two Bikernet bandanas, one orange and one black.

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5-Ball Leathers and more

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Leathers, Vests, Denims, tee-shirts, buckles, bedroll, books

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Special Ops Jacket

MORNING JACKET ~ AFTERNOON VEST – Our (13) pocket Special Ops tactical-style motorcycle Jacket converts into a vest.

Designed for the road with heavy duty gun metal grey zipper front, bound leather neck trim and strong double needle seam construction. The 2 conceal and carry pockets will stow your valuables.

EXTERIOR FEATURES:

  • Zip-off removable Sleeves converts into Special Ops Vest
  • 2 chest Pockets(zip closure)
  • 2 Zip waist pockets,
  • 2 waist flap pockets(snap closure)
  • Side Snap adjustments.

INTERIOR FEATURES:

  • 2 Gun pockets with quick snap
  • Storm Flap
  • 2 Zip pockets
  • 2 easy-access coin pockets
  • 100% cotton black/white plaid lining.
  • 1 Media Pocket

BUILT FOR ROAD WARRIORS

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Special Ops Jacket Details – 5-Ball Leathers’ (12 Pocket) Special Ops Club Jacket is designed for the biker on the go, with room for wallet, keys, smart phone, garage door opener and everything else a busy, modern American biker carries nowadays.

Made from milled buffalo leather, a top-grain quality leather (the most common type used in high-end leather products). It’s constructed at 0.9mm, a middle weight leather.

The light-weight milled buffalo leather keeps riders warm in the morning, and the zip-off removable sleeves will keep them cool in the afternoon. Additional features include heavy-duty gun-metal-grey zipper front, bound leather neck trim and double-needle seam construction.

Designed for riders to include with layers—the goal with layering is to create a maximum amount of warmth with as little bulk as possible.

Exterior Features: Zip-off removable Sleeves, 2 chest Pockets(zip closure), 2 Zip waist pockets, 2 waist flap pockets(snap closure), Side Snap adjustments.

Interior Features: 2 Gun pockets with quick snap, Storm Flap, 2 Zip pockets, 2 coin pockets and 100% cotton black/white plaid lining

This makes the Special Ops a perfect jacket for carrying gear of all kinds. Each pocket is thought out for utility use including the two conceal pockets that are stitched in such a way to as be wider and deeper than the typical pocket.

 

 

 

Upbeat Bikernet Weekly News for January 2, 2020

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Hey,

I like this year already. It’s going to be whacky and wonderful. It’s just the 2nd day of January and the world is back in business. We’re all doing what we did a couple of weeks ago, going about taking the trash out, feeding the dog and heading off to work.

Hell, I have all the Deadlines for Cycle Source Magazine etched into my 2020 Pin-Up calendar. We need to break the mold for 2020. Do something crazy. I’m going to go back to Bonneville this year with something completely different.

And I’m trying to buy a little place in Deadwood, SD and change up my life some. I hope everyone finds new challenges, new hope, new adventures and new love in 2020.

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