Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Hey, how cool is this? Dean, from Dice! Magazine's '57 Panhead chop is on the cover, and featured inside. Two magazines working together via mutual appreciation, a rarity in today's custom bike magazine world.
Monday, March 29, 2010
To give him a little more space over the rear rocker, I made him a new backbone, placed on top of his seatpost forging, and bent new seat area rails to connect everything. Once Randy saw his new frame work, he asked me if I'd like to continue on with the rest of the build, on to the final finished bike, and I agreed.
Randy wanted the bike to sit as level as possible, but wanted some ground clearance as well. I added 11" shocks in the rear, and went with a 1 1/2" over fork tubes. It looks higher in the front in the picture, because the front wheel is sitting in the wheel chock, and that raises the front about 1 1/2" from sitting with both wheels flat on the lift.
Randy also had a Knuckle solo seat that belonged to his brother, and it meant a lot to him, so he was adamant that it go on this bike. I made him a new seat "T" for it, and used a pair of Choppershox for suspension. It's not mounted in the photos, but you can see it behind the rear tire on the lift. It matches in pretty well with the lines of the tank, and works with the back fender. I'll get some photos with it mounted for you later. Next on the "major" list is a 5 in a 4 speed gearbox w/kicker, and a combination 2" Primo belt drive w/Tech Cycle starter plate, and I'll handle the motor plate to connect them.
The framework came out great, the seat "T" and suspension works with the bike, but what I'm reall proud of is this, that I'm in the process of fabbing up.......
It's about 5 1/2" in dia. and should hold a little more than 3 1/2 qts. It's rubber mounted, and if all goes well, I should have his lower rubber mount tank support, filler neck, the oil line and drain bungs welded in, within the next day or so.
I've been holding onto this VL frame for a while, and Steve finally talked me out of it. It's a little tweaked, but no big deal. If everything goes well, you should see TWO VL-framed bikes with Big Twins in them from Steve and I at the GNRS next year.
We'll be showing you the progress on both bikes here from time to time, so don't go anywhere.
Steve already has visions of a Panhead and 4sp, 35mm front end, and a narrow Frisco'd Sporty tank.
Friday, March 26, 2010
If you look in the lower L/H side of the cover, in my blue circle, you can see Chris' bike. Hey, any cover exposure is good exposure, and I got a nice cover blast in the red banner. I'll take it!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
It doesn't have to be chrome, it can be painted, but it needs to be as complete as possible, and can't be fuckered up beyond minor repairs - some of these things are mangled. I'll even take a mis-matched set, like a chrome front and a painted back for example, or just a front here,or back there. Let me know what you have a line on.......
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I have a bunch of photos from there, and I thought I'd post them up here from time to time. Like these for example. How's about Frank Kaisler thru the years? Hey, Frank called me a day early (March 16th) this year to wish me a Happy Birthday. He said he did that, because he wanted to be the first guy to do so, and "....I didn't want to be stuck on 'call waiting' all day trying to get thru". Wadda guy!
Here's the imfamous "ear warmer" shot for the Righteous Products ad, from '79 that ran in Easyriders magazine for a couple years. Most people don't recognize Frank in the ad. Frank was on staff at EZ for a long time, and did a stint as editor for good measure. Mike Lichter still calls Frank "My old Boss...."
And, here's Mr. Kaisler today, still that dashing figure that cuts a glorious swath across the L.A. basin wherever he goes. Ok, not really, but I just thought I'd build him up a little, because, he really is a good friend of mine, and that makes me a pretty lucky guy.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The three of us drove over to Chuy's, and while we were waiting, Trev ran into an old friend, who he introduced to us. His name was Zarape', and he's got to be in his late 70's now. Zarape' is a walking history of East Los chopper builders and riders. He still rides a chopper, which he kicks over while standing backwards! He has this eyelit in the middle of his gas tank, that takes a hook that's teathered to his belt. He hooks himself to the bike, so he doesn't blow off when he's on the Freeways.
Trevelen was working on a book project involving all the old chopper and motorcycle riders from the early years in L.A., including Zarape'. Trev has photos that would blow your mind for this project, I hope he gets it finished one of these days.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Nah, just kidding. I'm proud to be a Mick, and very fortunate to be born on St. Patrick's Day as well. I remember my uncle coming over to my house on St. Patty's day, and he'd say "Oh, so it's your birthday, eh? Well, I guess you could say that's one year closer to the grave!" While it might seem a cruel thing to say to a little kid, what he meant was that every year needs to be lived to it's fullest, because you never know what the future holds for us. He meant do it now, because you might not get a another chance.
Q. How many Irishmen does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Thursday, March 11, 2010
How many guys do you, the reader, know that are still riding and tricking out the same bike they bought going on 38 years ago?
Thanks Bob, I really appreciate that. What a truly gorgeous bike!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Both events are in issue #97, April '10, and it should be hitting the newstands right about now. I think the photos they chose (shot for me by "Dame Digital" Kristina Pamias) were adequate, the articles are good, and we had a good time covering the events, and I saw a bunch of people I knew - some I haven't seen for years.
And, my feature on the rigid shovel I built for Chris Worrell publishes in the next issue of IronWorks, and I have a tech article on the Led Sled Sporty hardtail install I just finished on Dan's bike coming up in IW in the near future, as well as my usual column in GKM, which should be going to print next week.
I have a ton of photos from both David Mann and The Mooneyes Christmas Party that The Horse didn't run, and I'll post up some of them for you from time to time. Kristina photographed some just georgous bikes at David Mann, and you can see how deep the water was at Mooneyes, from the monsoon that hit SoCal that weekend.
Anyways, I'll try and get all you followers something to look at that's new up here on a more timely basis.
Jahluv works in the City of Montery Park, CA , and he was going by the old site of Buchanans there in that city, before they moved up to Azusa. Monterey Park is framed by the 10, the 710, and the 60 in L.A.
This is the building where they used to make spokes, build wheels, straighten, repair, and rake frames, and extend glide and springer front ends. A lot of work going on inside this small building at one time, huh? Too bad they sold all the frame tables and the springer jigs when they made the move up to Azusa.
And, here's the link to Buchanans, still the best spokes and wheels in the business: