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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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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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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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WR gas tanks for sale

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 22:38 No Comments
I have a nice set of 1941-46 Harley WR factory race gas tanks for sale. I would say they are in above average condition and are quite straight. The left side has an old fix around the petcock bung but that's about the worst of it. Email 

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Shovelin’ it on

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:59 No Comments
We moved from the West Coast (Seattle) to the East Coast (New York) recently and I didn't bring any old motorcycle stuff along with me. It bummed me out to look in my garage and not see an old bike in there, and then this showed up for sale locally. Sometimes they just find you.

The bike is a '69 and it is the first running Shovel I've owned. It has a fresh top end, runs, rides, shifts and stops well, and is just kind of happy. It's crazy how much quieter Shovels are than Pans - those thick aluminum rocker box covers make a pretty big difference. 

I'm paring the bike down some and lightening it up, but nothing too crazy...we'll see how things come together.  I am optimistic. 

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Kicks just got even harder to find

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:49 No Comments
RIP Paul Revere.
Mr. Revere passed away Monday at the age of 76.  You've probably already heard the news but I wanted to make a post anyway, this type of garage rock used to be all I listened to.

Hits like "Kicks" and "Hungry" drove this gimmicked band to the top of the charts on occasion.  I've always dug the Raiders Coach that George Barris built for them.  What a crazy concept!  Man, you had a cart with a GTO grille and a Pontiac motor pulling a real 1800's coach body.  Whatever happened to this!!!!!!

 Here is Paul a few years later on his chopper!  This is from an old Street Chopper article.  Story goes that Paul Revere rode the bike across country to promote the Raiders latest record.


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