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This is a rough one. Today, I’m bouncing between business deals, family issues, plans for Superbowl weekend, our effort to help the custom motorcycle market stay free, and our Bonneville racing efforts.

Buck Lovell called. He’s trying for a job at the Sturgis Museum. I told him I would write a letter of reference. Buck has been in the industry for 40 years, knows everyone, and is a cancer survivor. If you would like to write a letter of reference, send it to the Sturgis Museum. Here’s an address:

Okay, so let’s jump into the news. Shortly we will have reports from Save the Salt in Bonneville. We are making progress on so many front. Keep your fingers crossed.

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by Cycle Source Magazine, Iron Trader, and ChopperTown.

We have action from JIMS, Nashville, Indian, Wire Plus, Iron and Resin, V-Twin Expo, Ducati, Le Pera, MetalSport, and mo’  here.

Kuryakyn Partners With MTX Audio — See More At V-Twin Expo

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Kuryakyn’s new RoadThunder by MTX line is a collection of high-performance motorcycle audio products that will be available exclusively through Kuryakyn.

The Kuryakyn RoadThunder by MTX series will showcase MTX’s proven audio knowledge and innovation alongside Kuryakyn’s aesthetic motorcycle design and styling expertise. The complete line of Kuryakyn RoadThunder by MTX accessories will debut at the upcoming V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 6-7, where industry attendees can demo products in Kuryakyn Booth #575.

Initial products in the Kuryakyn RoadThunder by MTX lineup will include handlebar-mount self-amplified Sound Bars and 3-inch Speaker Pods that deliver powerful, distortion-free sound with universal mounting for bars sized 7/8” to 1-1/4” in diameter. Additionally, the Speaker Pods will be available with or without the Kuryakyn RoadThunder by MTX Bluetooth Audio Controller for convenient pairing to any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or mp3 player. Also featured in the Kuryakyn RoadThunder by MTX series is a high-powered direct replacement Fairing Speaker Kit that includes two 120W 6.5” coaxial speakers and a 400W all-weather amplifier for select Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Street Glide and Trike models.


Girls Don’t Ride Motorcycles In Pakistan, But This One Didn’t Get The Memo

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Meet Zenith Irfan, a 21 year-old girl from Pakistan. Zenith’s father always dreamed of traveling the world on his motorcycle but died too soon to do it. Zenith decided to take up the challenge. She taught herself how to ride, started with day trips, then much longer adventures on two wheels.

Follow her journey, her trials and tribulations as she sets out to break new ground for women in Pakistan. Check her out on Facebook, here.


Red Wing To Make Handcrafted Boot for Indian Motorcycle

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Indian Motorcycle has partnered with Red Wing Shoes to create the new limited-edition “Red Wing Shoes Collection” of fine, handcrafted American motorcycle boots. Indian Motorcycle, founded in 1901, and Red Wing Shoes, founded in 1905, share a rich heritage of authenticity, fine handcrafted quality, and products that embody the legendary American spirit. Today both brands also share the great state of Minnesota, with only 80 miles separating their corporate headquarters.

The 2016 Limited-Edition Red Wing Shoes Collection for Indian Motorcycle is coming in July 2016 and will include the following models: Worthington (Men’s Black Pull-On Boots); Spirit Lake (Men’s Brown Lace-Up Boots) and Connelly (Women’s Black Pull-On Boots) will retail for MSRP: $319.99 (US) $409.99 (CAN).

Three New Wheels Designs From Garwood Custom Cycles

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GCC-Game-Wheel-1 New from Garwood Custom Cycles are three custom wheels named Dane, Game and Zion. They come with a 3-year chrome warranty and are offered in 9 finishes (red, blue, green, purple, gold, and orange, contrast cut, chrome and black polish). The Garwood team implements their proven production processes and protocols, and applies them to custom wheel manufacturing. The wheels fit most late-model motorcycles from manufacturers including Honda, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Indian, Ducati, BMW, Yamaha and Victory. Over a year in the making, each wheel style has gone through torture-testing to ensure quality design, fit, finish, and function. “We are excited about coming out of the gate with three new wheel designs. Each one provides a striking impact to a motorcycle,” said Steve Garwood, Operations Manager. ”At Garwood Custom Cycles, we are focused on visual impact as well as on quality, and that’s why we run our products through significant testing before they are ready for prime-time.” Wheels are available in sizes from 17” to 30”. Custom wheel manufacturing is 2-3 weeks. Custom colors are delivered on a 4 week turnaround. The wheels utilize military aircraft quality 6061 T6 aluminum.


Klock Werks To Premiere “Spirit of Sturgis” Bike At Minneapolis IMS Show

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Klock Werks has built a custom Indian that’s based on an original painting, titled “Pappy”, created by renowned artist David Uhl using a well-known photograph of Hoel and his #56 Scout in front of Hoel’s Indian dealership in Sturgis, S.D. Hoel opened the retail location and formed the Jackpine Gypsies in 1936. Two years later, the Jackpine Gypsies held the first rally known as the Black Hills Classic. The rest, as they say, is history.

Making a bit of history again the “Spirit of Sturgis” is owned by Mark Marshall, a friend of Indian Motorcycle Sturgis proprietor Bruce Eide, who owns the “Pappy” painting. The bike will be introduced Feb. 5 at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows tour stop in Minneapolis and will go on to be displayed together with the “Pappy” painting at Indian Motorcycle Sturgis.

Stay tuned for photos of the custom bike soon.



Bikernet Spotlight — ShockStrap Ratchet Safety Strap

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ShockStrap has a ingenious Ratchet Safety Strap so you can secure your bike or other cargo during transport. The strap incorporates an additional safety strap on one side of the ShockStrap. If a catastrophic accident happened and the ShockStrap would break, the Safety Strap is designed to keep the tie down tight and in place. The Safety Strap also acts as a limiter so you won’t over-tighten and stress everything you are trying to secure.  The commercial-grade ratchet has an outside release for ease of use. It is bolted on so you can replace it in the future and keep your investment working.

ShockStrap is not affected by most chemicals, sunlight, oil, salt water, fungus and moisture. The ShockStrap maintains constant pressure on the strap when hitting bumps or having side pressure applied to it. You won’t be pulling over every 50 miles or at a gas station break to retighten ShockStraps.

Polyester webbing is used for its superior attributes: it stretches less, is more resistant to rot and mildew, and has a higher strength rating and a softer feel in your hands. The 2″ Polyester webbing has a heavy duty ratchet, a 5000lb breaking strength and the overall Ratchet Safety Strap has a 1533 lb. working load limit. We doubled the hooks and added yellow zinc chromate finish, which offers better weather resistance and durability compared to standard chrome plating. Next to each hook there is an integrated soft loop. This lets you use the soft loop when the hook won’t fit so that you can wrap it around an axle or handlebar and pull it tight against the hook.


Available in black only in 9’, 18’ and 32’ lengths for your BIG Toys! –To order call: 888-334-3456 or shop online at

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I’m scrambled today with projects, priorities, and crazed notions. While the Redhead slips around the headquarters in her leopard robe, I swept up after our two black labs and pondered the day.

I’ve been attacked by stress over the vast and unrelenting Bikernet Interplanetary Headquarters being attacked by the City of Los Angeles. We had a meeting with the head of Building and Safety yesterday morning in Downtown. It took us 1.5 hours to drive 20 miles. And as we crept through the Adams district I looked at many of the crappy rundown buildings and was blown away.

They could take all the building inspectors in Los Angeles and they could spend their entire careers on one city block–fulla dumps. We found a light at the end of our tunnel during the meeting, so maybe we can regain a very positive focus on the remainder of the year, including another book, our Salt Torpedo, a screenplay, and even a bronze sculpture. It’s all possible if the bastards will let a brother be.

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by Cycle Source Magazine, Iron Trader News, and ChopperTown.

Inspiration of the Day:

In Life, only at the moment of encountering darkness, can the preciousness of brightness be displayed;

Only when conducting oneself justly—even while enduring slander, can the fragrance of character be known.

–Venerable Master Hsing Yun


– In this edition of the Bikernet weekly news we have Pagans, a Colorado Event, V-Twin Expo, Indian by Klockwerks, Harley’s Stock, Vegas, Wounded Warriors, and more. Read it here.

Kuryakyn XKürsion XTR1.5 & XTR4.0 Seat/Rack Bags

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Kuryakyn’ XKürsion luggage line from  has two new options that mount on virtually any bike.


XKürsion XTR1.5 Seat/Rack Bag20277_kur_5275_tt_u_20_1350x900_RGB_72DPI has a streamlined appearance. The removable base pad provides a recessed mounting area that coordinates with the contours and widths of passenger seats or luggage racks. A wide, clamshell-style opening with weatherproof zippers offers easy access to the spacious main compartment. Two thermoformed side compartments provide additional packing space, while internal zippered and elastic pockets throughout the bag allow for personalized gear organization. Padded electronics sleeves can accommodate up to a 10” tall x 8.25” wide tablet and other small devices. Overall Dimensions: 14” wide x 12” deep x 12” tall
Cubic Inches: 1,512 (main storage)
Mounts on most luggage racks, tour trunk luggage racks, and passenger seats with or without sissy bars
P/N 5275, MSRP: $189.99


XKürsion XTR4.0 Seat/Rack Bag20740_kur_5277_tt_u_20_1350x900_RGB_72DPI is larger and features unique packing capabilities. Three thermoformed external compartments in addition to the 2,500-cubic-inch main storage area provide ample packing space. Five internal zippered pockets in the main storage space plus two padded electronics sleeves for tablets and cellphones in the rear thermoformed compartment keep smaller items safe, organized and easily accessible while on the road.
Overall Dimensions: 23” wide x 14” deep x 14” tall. Ideal for tour trunk luggage racks, fender-mounted luggage racks, sissy bar luggage racks, and passenger seats with or without sissy bars P/N 5277, MSRP: $229.99

All XKürsion bags are made from premium UV-rated, weather-resistant 1200 denier Maxtura™ material with custom thermoformed construction for durability, shape retention and style. Additional features include Reflect-A-Light™ patches for enhanced visibility, heavy-duty welded metal D-Rings with anti-scratch coating, multiple durable and adjustable mounting straps, ergonomic carrying handles, weatherproof zippers with glove-friendly zipper pulls, and a rain cover.