Sunday, February 26, 2012

From the Street Chopper website.....

"There will always be a place for guys like me, because we roll with the trends and the styles, and do what we've always done-help people build classic custom bikes, based on classic styles and custom history. Bike styles are like ladies' skirt hemlines-they're up, they're down, they're up again. A classic chopper is never out of style and looks as good today as it did 40 years ago, and it'll still look good in another 20".
Irish Rich - Busted Knuckles guest column
Street Chopper Magazine - October, 2005

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ahhhh....the magic of television.

Ok, let's run through this one more time, guys......guys?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On a happier note...pretty stoked about this!

I've been lusting for a set these cast finned Shovelhead rocker boxes from Josh at Throwback MC Parts, Santa Clara CA ever since I saw the prototypes in their vendor space at Born Free III last year. Well, I got an Email from Josh, and they're ready to start shipping.....and I have one of the first production sets on their way to me. Nice!

The styling of these rocker boxes is definately rooted in the old Offenhauser and Lycoming days. They have that radial aircraft cylinder and early Indy/sprint car vibe going on about them when they're installed. They're going right on the Shovel in my CFL single looper-framed project.

These are sand cast, machined, 100% USA made, and there's a lot of work in a set of these before they reach your doorstep, so keep that in mind before you offer up a comment here.

You can get more info on the rocker boxes, and other Throwback MC Parts here:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"...Flipper died a natural death, he caught a nasty virus..."

Well, so did I.

I found a trojan.gen during a anti-virus scan, and I quarentened it, and then I deleted the quarentenes. Instead starting my computer the next time I used it in the safe mode and deleting the quarentened files, I just forgot and started my computer as I always do, and BAM! That was all she wrote........

Well, it cost me a shitload of money, and Geeks On Site was here for 6 hours trying to retrieve everything he could. It wasn't pretty. I have a lot of photos backed up on discs, and a bunch backed up online, but I literally lost hundreds of photos out of my archives, and I lost all the articles I've done over the years for the magazines. I still haven't had time to go in and restore those photos and articles yet, I just haven't felt like it, I'm just too busy with everything else going on here.

Not only that, but I've spent hours trying to get Windows Office Suite and it's Email boxes functioning again (I lost all my contacts when Office went), downloading Windows updates, reinstalling software like Microsoft Front Page, importing my website, downloading Adobe Reader, Flash, and Photoshop, etc, etc, etc.

I'm still not done, and it's been almost a week now, but my Emails are coming through and going out again, and for the most part I'm back online and can function.

I know it's been said a thousand times, but don't get complacent.....back your shit up. There are things and photos I lost I'll probably never be able to ever find again. I'm pretty bummed about the whole thing.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Aw, nice one, Phil...

Well, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, 6 more weeks of Winter. Damn. It was also reported that some reddish-brown stuff was running down his legs when he saw it. The Groundhog Committee reported that it was just some cheap tanning solution, because he was nervous and sweating.

"Get out of Denver, Baby GO, GO....."

Looks like we're out of here earlier than expected for Love Cycles 3rd Anniversary party in Phoenix. We planned on leaving Friday morning, but the weatherman says to expect 6-12" of snow starting at Dinnertime today, into Friday afternoon. So, Part-timer Steve and I are out of here today at Noontime. We want to get over Raton Pass on the CO/NM Border before the fertilizer hits the ventilation unit, ya dig?

We're really looking forward to hitting this. Stop by and see Steve and I at the party, we'll have IRCC Tshirts with us, and we're gonna make the most of partying with old friends, and meeting everyone that shows up. You should be there......

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


The bends from Columbia River Mandral showed today. When I ordered them, I ordered 90 degree 3" radius bends, and at the last minute, I ordered an additional 90 degree 2 1/2" radius, and a 18 degree bend. I had a gut feeling I might need those, and I did. The 3" radius would have been too wide to make the tight bend, and the 18 degree bend mated perfect to the exhaust port angle. I'll tack the rear pipe together Tuesday when I'm back from Phoenix....or not.

I got two big boxes of backordered parts today, and another couple should be here tomorrow, for 3 different bikes going through here, so those have to come first. I'm extremely happy with the way the collector system came out, it's only the 3rd one I've ever done totally from scratch.