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Film from Mooneyes Japan 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 23:47 No Comments
Getting film developed is just as exciting as it ever was, maybe even more that it is not "normal" in photography today. I picked up my five rolls of color today, but am still waiting for the black an white to come back. I used to shoot and process tons of black and white film in the 1990's and pretty much lived in the darkroom. I have binders and binders still of all the negatives that need to get scanned, mostly of hardcore bands of the time in all ages shows in Salt Lake. Good times.
Anyway, here are some of my 35mm Fuji 800 ISO shot through my old trusty Olympus OM-2.

One of my favorite places to shoot in Japan digital or film is the sort of alley way or access road behind the Yokohama Pacifica Convention Center as the special guests nervously wait to ride and drive their custom motorcycles and cars into the show with 13,000 people on their tippy toes with much anticipation. This road is generally, in my eyes, perfect lighting for handheld photography. This year with the local noise restrictions kept much of the activity back here pretty calm and stationary, but I am still happy with what I got. everything else is handheld with no flash inside the show. Also, none of this has been altered in photoshop or filters.









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California Gold

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 16:18 No Comments
We've got new pocket tees and hoodies with this great art by Keith Weesner in stock.  Almost just in time for the holidays
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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014 13:39 No Comments
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Project What’s the Rush

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 10:54 No Comments
Finally broke my builders block and settled in on bar design, tank style, and headlight size and placement on the '68 stroker long bike! 
I have the sissy bar basically finished and mounted the nice and thick Throttle Additction ribbed fender which let me roll it off the lift for a good on the ground mock up session. Now I gotta build the actual tank, finish the bars using a Cro Customs top clamp, put my thinking cap on and figure out rake and trail and build some rockers for the 18 over springer so it won't be heavy to steer. The seat on here is from my other shovel but will be in the same vain. Excited to make exhaust pipes, maybe I'll do em in stainless this time. Getting there! 



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Before "The Blob"

Monday, November 17, 2014 7:22 No Comments
I can't get the old Indian Chief I ran across here in rural NY off my mind.  Much poking around the internet has made me realize that chopped Chiefs aren't worth as much or as coveted as their Knucklehead counterparts of the era, but man, they're still really cool.

While researching chopped Chiefs I ran across a great article about Steve McQueen's bike "The Blob".  I'm sure that many of you are aware of this, but it turns out that McQueen's bike was actually a clone.  A gentleman named JD owned (and maybe still owns) the original version and McQueen tried to buy it from him, but he was unwilling to sell it, so McQueen just had him build a replica.  The rest is history. 

I don't want to paraphrase the original author's words, so please take a look here if you're interested in learning more.  With the red on the tank and the flatter fender, I like JD's bike just a little more than the version he built for McQueen, but both are still very cool.

 
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Wild

Friday, November 7, 2014 14:43 No Comments
We're getting our new house put together enough where I can start to unpack some of the boxes labeled "cool stuff".  Inbetween a humidor full of dried out Cuban cigars and my Wind-Up Bumble Boxers, I found this old Cycle Guide.

Every time I see a bike like this one featured in an old magazine I smile.  The die hadn't been cast for custom bikes back then - guys were just trying weird stuff and doing their thing. 

These days we have a lot of great reference material to work from, and there are tried and true recipes to build a killer bike from.  I'm not saying that makes it easier - it's still hard and takes a lot of fortitude (and money), but the guy who built the combo below - he was cooking from scratch and you can bet there was some Canabutter in his recipe.

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far out stuff

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 16:12 No Comments

I stumbled upon this real far out knucklehead and some more cool pans and and panel paint jobs built/painted by
Memo Ortega HERE
pretty neat, haven't seen it before.

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flames and frames

Thursday, October 30, 2014 15:13 No Comments
one of these days I need to do a good post on my bike but saw these picture the other day on my computer and thought I'd put them up together



And here's the leader at work...thought a lot about this picture during the job
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www.chopperdaves.com

Friday, October 24, 2014 11:27 No Comments
 
Here are some favorites of mine from Daves old website.  Top two are from Sweden and the bottom is the infamous Triumph built by Rudy-RIP.   I hope to see you all tomorrow at Alex's!!!
 



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This Saturday in LA/LBC

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 9:14 No Comments

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