So This Guy Sued BMW, Claiming The Motorcycle Gave Him A 2-Day Erection

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A Sausalito man who lost a lawsuit over an erection has had his hopes for justice deflated once again.

A state appeals court in San Francisco affirmed an earlier judgment against Henry Wolf in a 2012 suit he brought against two motorcycling companies.

Wolf claimed he suffered an acute case of priapism — a painfully prolonged erection — after riding his 1993 BMW motorcycle for two hours. He claimed the vibrations in the “ridge-like” motorcycle seat caused the condition that lasted several days, so he sued BMW North America and the seat manufacturer, Corbin-Pacific Inc.

The lawsuit claimed product liability, negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Wolf said hewas forced to seek treatment at Marin General Hospital and then with other specialists.

In a 14-page decision laced with medical language about Doppler ultrasounds, tumescence and aspiration of the corposa cavernosa — a three-judge 1st District Court of Appeal panel affirmed a San Francisco Superior Court decision to dismiss the case.

The judges found that Wolf’s appeal “fails to comply with the rules of appellate procedure” by failing to cite the relevant cases or statutes, and it “contains no intelligible argument.” The panel ordered Wolf to pay the defendants’ costs on appeal, a sum likely to be many tens of thousands of dollars.

“My client’s very pleased with the result,” said Christian Scheley of the Clapp Moroney firm, which represented Corbin-Pacific. “It’s been a very long journey and saga, but justice has prevailed.”


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Holiday wishes from the Bikernet and 5-Ball Crew.
Holiday wishes from the Bikernet and 5-Ball Crew.

Happy Thanksgiving,

I mean it. We have a lot to be thankful for in a world filled with religious hate, bombings, and beheadings.

How can we overcome the bullshit and strife and kick back. We need to be thankful for the Sun and Moon. We need to be thankful for the oceans and the crops.

We need to be thankful for Whiskey and the shape of a woman’s breast. We need to relish in her touch and our abilities to build truly cool motorcycles. It’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it’s wonderful, and so what’s fucking it up? Religion and our blundering history.

In 2016 let’s get a grip. In the meantime be thankful! We’ve had amazing lives.

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Harley-Davidson Wrecking Crew Rider Jared Mees Wins 2015 Ama GNC1 Flat Track Championship

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Consistent and tenacious to the end, Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees is champion of the 2015 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines flat track series. Mees, the defending GNC1 champion, finished third at the AMA Pro Flat Track Season Finale at Orleans Arena to secure his third AMA Grand National title in four years.
Mees Photo Cred D Hoenig

“It’s awesome to get this championship,” said Mees, who rode a Rogers Racing Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle in the Grand National twins events. “Last year when I won it, I said that one meant the most to me. But now here I am and it just gets sweeter and sweeter every year. Thanks to Harley-Davidson and everyone at Rogers Racing for putting me on a fast motorcycle all season.”

Mees came to the AMA Finale with a seven-point lead over Bryan Smith, with Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Wrecking Crew rider Kenny Coolbeth Jr. just 20 points back in third place. Mees clinched the championship when Smith and Coolbeth did not qualify for the main on the Orleans Arena short track.

Mees emerged as champion through consistent performance on the track. The 29-year-old racer from Clio, Mich., had a single victory in 2015 but notched nine podiums and only twice in 13 races failed to finish out of the top 10. Mees also won the Grand National championship in 2012 and 2014. Mees began racing as an AMA Expert in 2003 and has won 16 times in Grand National competition.
Jared Mees Photo Cred BJ Nelson
“Harley-Davidson congratulates Jared Mees on becoming a deserving three-time champion,” said Kris Schoonover, Harley-Davidson Racing Manager. “And a huge thanks to all of the Harley-Davidson racers who made this one of the most thrilling Grand National seasons in memory.”

Mees wrapped up the season with 204 points. Smith was second with 181 points, followed by Briggs Auto/Harley-Davidson rider Sammy Halbert, who finished fourth in the AMA Finale and scored 172 points. Coolbeth, who raced a Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle, finished the season in fourth place with 169 points.

Harley-Davidson will be back as a sponsor of the AMA Pro GNC1 series in 2016, and will field Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team rider Brad Baker in all of the twins races.

Bikernet Strange and Foreboding Sunday Post for November 22, 2015

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Chris & Andrew


We had a party last night and the Redhead of Redheads is a little under the weather this morning. Some of the group stumbled toward Maya’s to return the catering gear and have Huevos Rancheros and loads of Java.

I listened to several reports on the show, and a complete rundown on the Marijuana industry. And Ducati Scramblers came up a few times.


Let’s hit the news. The Long Beach Show was jammed yesterday. Progressive Insurance did a helluva job promoting it.


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Bahn Derby & Timing Covers for Harley-Davidsons

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The all-new Bahn Derby and Timing Covers for Harley-Davidson applications are crafted from premium forged and machined aluminum for bold, refined styling. The unique center design extends from the domed covers to create a subtle three-dimensional effect. Both covers are available in smooth black anodized “Tuxedo” or Chrome finishes machined with distinctive features in place of logos to complement the full lineup of Bahn accessories.



The Derby Cover reuses OEM hardware and is a direct bolt-on replacement for all ’99-’15 Harley-Davidson Twin Cam and Evolution motors (except FLHTCUL and FLHTKL). The Timing Cover includes hardware and is a direct replacement for all ’99-’15 Twin Cams only. Both covers come with a one-year warranty.

P/N 6932: Bahn Derby Cover, Tuxedo – $149.99
P/N 6933: Bahn Derby Cover, Chrome – $149.99
(Note: Installation requires purchase of separate gasket, H-D P/N 25416-99C)


P/N 6930: Bahn Timing Cover, Tuxedo – $79.99
P/N 6931: Bahn Timing Cover, Chrome – $79.99


The Gauntlet Fairing

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memshades-gauntlet-002The Memphis Shades Gauntlet fairing features club-bike styling with more wind protection than youíd expect. The smooth, clean lines channel the air, while the frontal area is sufficient to provide full torso coverage when rolling up the miles.

One piece Lucite construction features a machined groove to outline the windshield, and a black Class-A finish that looks great as is or can be easily painted. Applications are model specific and feature patented Trigger-Lock hardware, made of electrocoated aluminum in polished or black, with stainless steel fasteners. Very popular with the Dyna crowd, and a perfect fit for the Sportster.

The Gauntlet Fairing is road ready and street worthy.



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Ultimate Builder Custom Competition hits Long Beach this weekend. So, we have prepped all week with new outdoor lighting, cleaning the shop, hosting folks, meetings, photo shoots, and hauling two bikes, including the 2014 cross-country Indian to the show.


It’s non-stop with Jeff Najar, the boss of the Ultimate Builder Competition arriving last night and we hauled ass to Alhambra to visit Chris Richardson, at the LA Speed Shop.

This evening we will hit it to the RSD/Indian new model announcement in San Pedro. We better hit the news before anything else happens.

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