Keeping The Custom Motorcycle Industry Free And Vibrant

You probably already know that the Las Vegas SEMA Show (Specialty Equipment Market Association) is one of the most exciting events for the aftermarket hot Rod and automotive industry. SEMA is an Association offering a ton of services, studies, Government advocacy/legislative Programs too long to list here. During the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, friend and fellow online publisher of Bikernet Keith Ball will head up an Exploratory Action Committee under Sema with for objective to support motorcycle rights groups around the world including,MIC, the MRF (Motorcycle Riders Foundation) with 60 state charters and 250,000 members .This committee will be open to any members of our industry on the American or Metric side, manufacturers, clubs, shops, dealers, builders or individuals. Meeting at the V-Twin Expo is Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 9:00 AM.

12 Responses to “Keeping The Custom Motorcycle Industry Free And Vibrant”

  1. 1 raycwheeler Dec 31st, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Looking forward to being part of the solution .

    See you at the meeting in Cincy .


  2. 2 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian M/C Jan 1st, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    SEMA is a great organization with top notch people. I believe this will have a huge impact on our industry for the years ahead of us. There is no doubt that we will be facing many hurdles politically, environmentally, safety, etc in which we will be needing a high horsepower organization behind us. Thanks Keith for taking a lead roll and I congratulate you on having great foresight and taking a lead roll.

  3. 3 Rogue Jan 1st, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I look forward to attending the meeting in “Cincy”
    I will help in any way I can.


  4. 4 Bobfather Jan 1st, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I think this is a necessary thing to do for our industry as a whole. I’ve already told Keith I plan to be involved as a member of this council and I urge others to do the same.

  5. 5 Nicker Jan 2nd, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Lets see now, the Kit Car industry also participates in SEMA…. (doesn’t it?).

    So, has SEMA helped them any….???

    Just wondering, because Kit Car magazine has just folded, all current subscriptions are being converted into Hot Rod mag.

    It takes participation to make an organization effective.

  6. 6 Kirk Perry Jan 4th, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Harlista’s of Cuba – Here’s some guys that could use some parts:

  7. 7 Kirk Perry Jan 4th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Anyone have any pics of the Cuban Knuckles that Lara Logan was riding on the CBS news? Any Cuban riders registered at this site? She looked pretty good in that white sleeveless shirt and bluejeans. The buddy seat had a stock accessory guard rail. No helmet law on the island. The footage looked like something truly preserved from the past. Harlista’s promote “club life” by re-working old HD, and machined-down U.S and Russian car parts to keep Knuckle’s running. [b]very[/b] textured story if you got the chance to watch it.
    If you didn’t, here’s a link to Havana:
    I wrote the author and asked if we could send a shipment of [b]donated parts[/b] to Cuba to help these guys out. I’ve got extra head bolts and some other knuckle/Pan junk laying around. We might need to have parts sent to Canada or Mexico to ship to Cuba. Whatever, we’re all over the world. We can get an address and set a cut-off date to stop receiving parts and a shipping date 14 days later (so no parts get stranded). We only want to send them parts they can use. [b]Valves, heads, springs whatever you got[/b]. We’ll find out the shipping container capacity and fill a minimum load to Cuba. They have our address
    Of note on space and time, is that as far as Cubans are concerned, Harley-Davidson® stopped building motorcycles in the 1950’s. Because of this and Castro’s news filters, the Cubans have [b]no knowledge whatsoever[/b] of an [b]electric-start[/b] Harley. It’s quite possible that the word “[b]Shovelhead[/b]” does not exist in their vocabulary.
    The recent news upheaval of a [b]Knucklehead society[/b] in Cuba is like discovering a tribe in the most-remote Amazon. I hope they peel the layers carefully.

  8. 8 Buzz Kanter - American Iron Magazine Jan 5th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Our industry is filled with passionate, smart and creative people. We are certainly facing serious and long term challenges.
    I wish Keith and the others good luck and look forward to hearing what they have to say at the show.

    Buzz Kanter
    American Iron Magazine

  9. 9 "Desperado" Northside Choppers Jan 5th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    We’ve had a bike at the SEMA show for the past two years now,and planning to attend again this year with another radical custom.

  10. 10 "Desperado" Northside Choppers Jan 5th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    We’ve had a bike at the SEMA show for the past two years,and planning to attend again this year with another radical custom.

  11. 11 Nicker Jan 6th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Talk about a reality check! The Harlistas are enough to give any one sniveling over getting a barn-fresh 46 EL running, a swift kick in the ass.

    I promise to go right out to the shop and perform Cotton’s manifold leak-down test ASAP…… Well,
    as soon as the temperature gets about what it is in Havana, anyway….. 🙂

    Seriously, has been a real asset.
    Thanks much.


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