PODCAST-This podcast is about cross club/rider brotherhood and it's importance in the law abiding biker scene. Some information about the Sworn Few LEMC is discussed in reference to our beginnings & some of our club values . Also discussed is a great yearly event that the Road Dawgs LEMC puts on to support a great cause. Last, we talk about a recent fatality motorcycle collision in Florida.
BLOG-LAB Podcast-03, which I will be releasing this coming weekend sometime, deals with the issue of cross club brotherhood. There are also other things I cover as usual, so be sure to stay tuned for the release of that podcast! I thought I would write a blog about this issue too, prior to the podcast release.
The law-abiding motorcycle scene and clubbing are not new to me. Prior to forming and becoming the president of the Sworn Few Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (LEMC), I served as President of the local chapter of the Blue Knights LEMC for 4 years. Four years ago myself and some other brothers started that chapter from the ground up. Up until 4 years ago there were no law-enforcement motorcycle clubs in this immediate area or in the surrounding four counties and so we made history! And once again some brothers and I made history by starting a brand-new law-enforcement motorcycle club from the ground up in this area, the Sworn Few LEMC.
I still have many brothers and friends in that local Blue Knights chapter and would never say bad things about them. I learned much as president over those four years, which prepared me to start a new LEMC from the ground up. I learned what works and what does not work. Me and some of my brothers started talking about specific ideologies about what we wanted in a LEMC. However, the Blue Knights is a huge organization with a large governing body and changes are very hard to come by and one might feel like a number after a while. They have a very specific way they have run things for years now and that is likely not going to change. Again, I am not talking badly about that club whatsoever, but just stating the facts. I think I can speak intelligently about it since I served as President “P” for four years. That club environment works for many persons and their particular clubbing interests. I will say that my brothers and I left that club (chapter) on very good terms and were even given awards for all our hard work over the four year period. Several of us held elected positions in the chapter and it was election time, so we graciously stepped down to let others lead. We knew our intentions and they have great new leaders in that chapter, who will do a fine job.
So, myself and other brothers split off and started our new club from the ground up, which has been very rewarding. Make no mistake about it however; if you’re thinking of starting a new LEMC and want to do things right, it takes an extreme amount of time, money, and dedication by you and your brothers involved. Sure, you could do it half ass, but that’s not the way I roll. If you’re going to start a new LEMC, it’s something you want to take pride in or don’t do it at all. We still take extreme pride in everything we do as a club and we are still developing and progressing. You can check out our website at www.swornfewmc.com to learn more about the Sworn Few LEMC. You can also contact us from that website if you have any questions. We have received much positive feedback about our club. We are here to help you if you are thinking about starting a new club or have questions about ours. There will be future blogs and podcasts about starting a club from the ground up and the things we learned, but for now let’s get back to cross club brotherhood.
So, several months after we started the Sworn Few LEMC from the ground up, I got a call from a member, Paul, of the local Blue Knights chapter, which we had just left. Paul told me that he had a gift for us. Paul has a hobby and makes granite clocks. He advised me that he had crafted a granite clock with our Sworn Few logo on it and wished to give it to me. This was completely on his own and it had not been requested by any of us. Paul is a retired Sheriff’s Deputy.
I was very overwhelmed at the cross club brotherhood that was taking shape. I met him the very next day and he presented me with the clock, which was very well done. He was a little worried and made some statements that we could keep it, destroy it, or do whatever we wanted to with it. I quickly told him that is not how our club rolls. We were very pleased that he took the time to make and give us this gift and that it would be in our club forever. His concerns stem from how some clubs worry about their colors being drawn by others et cetera. Believe me when I say that never even entered our minds and would be ridiculous to me.
The clock is made of granite and is very heavy. I have small children, so I could not take the chance of it falling on one of them. I grouped texted my club brothers and it was decided that it would reside at Vice President Matt’s house, as he currently has no children. Someday, when we get a clubhouse it will reside there.
Paul had made a Blue Knights clock some time back when we were with that club (chapter) and our now Sworn Few LEMC Treasurer, Ed, won the clock at a meeting raffle. We decided that we no longer need that clock and are going to return it to their chapter, so it can be put to good use. We wanted to return a favor and related this to their chapter officers.
We will continue these type of cross club brotherhood relationships in our area and in our state. I can only speak for our area and this state, but I hope clubs in other states are striving for the same type of cross club brotherhood and relationships. We are all out here for the same reason and have some of the same purposes. We may be affiliated with different law abiding biker (LAB) clubs, but that does not mean we have to separate ourselves within the law abiding biker (LAB) community.
We have stayed in touch with our brothers from the other club. If you listen to the LAB Podcast-02, I actually did a field interview of several of them. We were at a local biker charity event. It was very nice talking with them, as I have not seen some of them for quite a while. This is when we relayed that we would give the clock back to them. I know we will continue our good cross club brotherhood and communications with them and we will see each other at a lot of the same events.
The Sworn Few LEMC and the Law Abiding Biker (LAB) Podcast are a separate entity. But in so many ways they intertwine with each other. We are about being humble and mingling with all law abiding bikers (LAB’s). We don’t brag and tell people that our club is better than theirs. Of course, in our hearts we truly believe we have put together something very great that works perfect for us and other like minded individuals. However, there is a difference between keeping that in your heart and bragging openly about it. We don’t look down on any law-abiding biker club and we are here to support such. Please contact us at www.swornfewmc.com or me at www.lawabidingbiker.com if you have any questions. You can also like the Law Abiding Biker Facebook Page or follow on Twitter @lawabidingbiker. We are here to help all law abiding bikers (LAB’s) and bring everyone together, not to cause separation. The LAB podcast, website, and blog are just for that; a forum to bring all LAB’s together in one place for communication, education, brotherhood, and entertainment. In LAB Podcast-03 you will hear me give praise to the Road Dawgs LEMC Tacoma Chapter about an upcoming event that they hold each year for a great cause. I want to learn as much as I can about other law abiding biker clubs and their members. That is what motorcycling is all about; riding to new places and meeting new people. The Sworn Few LEMC is built on the foundation of riding as much as possible and riding hard. We are not a social club, we are a true LEMC and we keep it real. Sure I blog, built our website, and podcast. But, riding is my passion and comes first. I have had a little extra time lately with a bum hand. Thank God for dictation software, because there is no way I could type this blog with one hand. It would take me weeks….LOL
Until the next time we meet; ride safe and keep the rubber side down my friend’s.
By Bikers For Bikers
Video & Blog: So, we should all have a smart phone by now right? I installed several awesome GPS driving direction apps with voice turn by turn navigation on my smart phone & I have all my music on it. But, the question is what is the best way to mount your cell phone or smart phone to your motorcycle and have good visual and touch access to it? What is the safest cell phone motorcycle mount/holder, so it won’t fall out? What is the slimmest and best looking cell phone motorcycle mount. Of course, one of the issues to consider is the wide variety of cases out there and in different thicknesses.
Available in Black or Chrome
Many have asked if I still run a cell phone motorcycle mount since I have the new Harley Boom!™ Box Infotainment System and the answer is yes. As you may know we have the #1 Rated Boom!™ Box Tutorial Videos and love the system, but it has it's limitations & I feel a cell phone mount is still definitely needed for further functionality. I also need the Biker Gripper to display my smartphone while riding, so I can view real time Vance & Hines Fuelpak 3 EFI tuner information via bluetooth.
We have tested both the Biker Gripper motorcycle cell phone mount system and other motorcycle cell phone mounts for some time. We have ridden many thousands of miles with each. The overall winner in our opinion for many reasons is the Biker Gripper, which is now available directly from the Law Abiding Biker Store Front for that reason. We highly recommend the Biker Gripper to anyone who asks us for the best motorcycle cell phone mount on the market.
We like and trust this motorcycle cell phone & GPS mount so much that we stamped the Law Abiding Biker™ logo on it and it has our full approval.
The Biker Gripper immediately feels much nicer than other mounts when adjusting your smartphone's position using the ball joint and it is very smooth. The Biker Gripper is smaller than other mounts all the way around to include the ball joint. I like this, because it keeps things looking nice and tight on your handlebars. The last thing you want is a big ugly bulky motorcycle cell phone mount.
Biker Gripper Review & Install Video: (Available in the Law Abiding Biker Store)
Biker Gripper: (Available in the Law Abiding Biker Store)
Available in Black or Chrome
In this article we will discuss just two of the most popular Biker Gripper mounting options and systems to consider. With a Biker Gripper you could mount any item such as Smartphones, Small Digital Cameras, GoPro (Action) Cameras, Radar Detectors, Garage Door Openers, GPS Units, Toll Transponders.
Each Biker Gripper mounting system is crafted in the USA through a patent CNC process using high quality aircraft grade aluminum making your mounting system more lightweight, much better looking, and most importantly more durable.
The body of the Biker Gripper is injection molded using Dupont Delrin Acetel resin thermoplastic and your electronic device is held securely in place with polyurethane fabric to prevent scratching and four stainless steel springs with an 18 pound grip.
The grip range of the Biker Gripper head is 1.9” to 4.2”.
1.) Biker Gripper Handlebar Universal Mount System (Fits Bars 7/8″ TO 1 1/4″)(Black or Chrome)
This is likely the most versatile Biker Gripper with the universal handlebar mounts system. It comes as a complete kit in our store & includes:
- Biker Gripper head unit for holding your electronic device
- 17mm ball (black or chrome) Handlebar Universal Mount System
- 3 reducers for mounting on 7/8″ to 1 1/4″ bars
- Installation tools and instructions
This system fits current production handlebar sizes from 7/8” (22mm) up to 1 1⁄4” (32mm) into one mount system. This allows it to fit virtually every handlebar on motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATV's, UTV's and other powersport vehicles. Requires only 3⁄4” of handlebar space and can be mounted at any angle.
2.) Biker Gripper Control Mount System (For Harley & Metric Motorcycles)(Black or Chrome)
This is a great Biker Gripper mount option and attaches to your handlebar control clamps (clutch or brake side). It replaces the two factory pinch bolts with new stainless bolts and spacers on handlebar controls.
This comes as a complete kit in our store and includes:
- Biker Gripper head unit for holding your electronic device
- 17mm ball (black or chrome) Control Mount with pivoting shaft
- Two sets of mounting spacers (10mm and 15mm long)
- Two 6mm x 45mm and two 1/4″x 2″ stainless mounting bolts
- Installation tools and instructions
Control Mount Fitment: (Harley-Davidson and Metric)
This mount fits a wide range of metric and all Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The control mount attaches to handlebar control clamps (clutch or brake side). It replaces the two factory pinch bolts with new stainless bolts and spacers on handlebar controls.
I hope this information helps you and saves you time from having to look all over the internet for a good motorcycle cell phone mount/holder, only to find a lot of junk and things that don’t work so well.
Ride safe. Keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up!
VIDOE & BLOG-I think it is fair to say that every Harley owner knows that Harley dealer parts are over priced and cringe when paying. There are just some Harley dealer parts that after market companies don’t make, or don’t make as well. There are however many companies out there that sale very high quality parts and accessories for Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
In my many purchases of Harley dealer parts I came across one that stands out for the value of what you are getting; Harley Davidson Boom Audio High Quality Performance Fairing Speakers. I bought these speakers last summer for my Street Glide and am very pleased.
I must say that for a price of around $150 these speakers blow away the stock Harley touring model speakers by a long shot without any amplifier to install. A Sworn Few MC (www.swornfewmc.com) brother of mine bought them before I did and we parked our bikes next to each other. I could not believe the sound difference between his speakers and my stock Harley speakers and had to inquire further about them. After learning the price and that no amplifier was installed, I just had to have a pair. The speakers look very sharp once installed and are a two part speaker; the main speaker and a separate front tweeter.
The speakers are plenty loud heading down the freeway and there is no need to even turn your volume all the way up. At a stand still in town you could really annoy your club brother your riding with or other persons. Yes, one of my Sworn Few MC (www.swornfewmc.com) brothers has to be told to “turn them down” in town, but I will not reveal his name. We in the Sworn Few LEMC all know who he is and we tell him that not everybody likes his music……………It would be boring I guess if we ever didn’t have to tell him.
I happen to be pretty mechanically inclined, but don’t worry if your not. You don’t need to pay a Harley mechanic at expensive hourly rates to install these bad boys.
You need basic wrenches and screwdrivers, but nothing specialty for the install. There is no soldering of any sort and the speaker wires plug right in to where you remove your stock speaker wires. They are truly ready to go.
All you have to do is remove your fairing, which is a series of a few bolts and it comes right off with ease. You then simply remove your old speakers and replace them with the Boom Audio speakers. Plug them in and replace the faring and you are ready to rock!
Give yourself about 1 hour for the install and another hour or so to sit on your bike and listen to them in your garage. Oh, don’t forget to go get the wife, so she can hear them too. Oh heck, maybe grab a neighbor or two also.
Here are two videos I did on how to take your stock Harley speakers out and install the Boom Audio Speakers!
So, last week a bunch of us here at Law Abiding Biker Podcast & Media made a 318 mile round trip day ride up north (Wenatchee, WA). The temperature that day was supposed to hit a whopping 45 degrees, so we went for it and left around 10:00 am to give the frosty corners some time to thaw. Up to this point it had not reached over 30 degrees for several weeks in Yakima, WA. At this point we were stoked to ride even though there was still snow off the sides of the road.
A lot of bikers won’t ride in anything but warm weather and good conditions (use good judgement though with road conditions). We call those people “garage bikers”; keep it in the garage unless it is perfect weather (nothing against them of course). Not us, as we are always itching to ride and winters can seem longer than they really are around here.
If you are going to ride year around then you better be prepared for all conditions. You don’t want to be miserable on your ride, which will keep you from heading out the next time and you will be missing out on all the fun.
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I did a lot of research on heated motorcycle riding gear and some time ago I bought what I thought was the perfect items to fit my needs. I love the heated gear I chose for many reasons.
I chose FirstGear heated gear. The 90 watt jacket liner is awesome and the only heated item I wear when riding back and forth to work in the winter time. It is only a 20 minute ride, so I don’t put on the rest of the heated gear. On our ride last week, the highest I ever had to turn my heated gear to was 2/3 power on the wireless controller. That is rare that I ever have to turn it that high, but we were doing 70 mph in 40 degree weather for a very long distance. I stayed nice and toasty with a T-shirt underneath and outer riding jacket over (Harley 360 Illumination Jacket). You don’t want to wear a thick T-shirt or thermal type gear under the coat liner, as that would defeat the purpose. I did that one time and it blocked the heat from reaching my core. Just wear a cotton T-shirt and then your core can get the heat from the coat liner.
This jacket liner is the only thing you plug into your motorcycle with one cable. You simply install a small power box with leads to your battery and hide it under your seat. Then you can snake the main connect cable anywhere you want, so you can plug your jacket in. My cable comes out at the front of the seat near my tank and is hardly noticeable.
As I said, I usually just wear my heated jacket liner for most shorter trips. However, the last week was a long ride and I geared all the way up.
The next item I have is the FirstGear heated pant liner, which plug directly into a cable that comes off your heated coat liner (you see how this is starting to plug together). Again don’t wear any thermal gear or anything else under the pant liners.
The next item I have is the FirstGear heated gloves, which plug into the cables coming off the end of the sleeves of the heated coat liner. There are also glove liners that will go under whatever existing gloves you have if you like. An alternative to this and so you can wear thinner glove are Heated Grips, which we produced a complete tutorial video for!
And that is how I roll and how I did so the last week on our winter ride north. Just wear a pair of light cotton socks and put the heated socks over.
The last thing you’ll need is the wireless dual remote control heat troller (they do make a wired one if you want a permanent mount, but I go wireless for convenience). With the dual remote control the first knob controls your jacket and glove heat and the second knob controls your pants and socks.
They do make a single remote heat-troller, which would control everything with one knob, but I suggest the dual knob version, as I like my jacket and gloves a different temperature than my pants and socks. The heat troller has no wires and I just velcro it to my dash area. You can just throw it in a pocket too if you want. It easily pairs with a receiver inside the coat liner.
There is other heated gear out there, but I can tell you that I have used and tested this gear to the fullest and have really nothing bad to say about it. I have used it much and will continue to do so.
There is heated gear that is battery powered out there, but it only last for a certain amount of time. For a simple install and one wire I just like the fact that my gear will heat as long as I want and I don't have to worry about charging it. I keep the heated jacket linker in my saddle bag for emergencies.
So, get your bike out of the garage and go ride!