Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sailing the Seas of Cheese

If you didn't know better you'd think all we did on the run was ride on ferry boats. I guess it was the best place to get pics of all the bikes together. I post some shots on land when I get some.

You can see my big white head towards the top of the pic and Ed is standing next to me.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

At Least I'm the Youngest......

Well, the sexiest too. As it turns out, the guy on the right is a fuckin' narc too. He asked me at one point if I had any drugs and/or drug paraphernalia he could buy, so we threw him overboard.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Revenge Run is Run

Rolled my Evo a good 900 miles door to door. A good run and a good time. Riding, wrenching in parking lots and the side of road, cracking stupid jokes with the boys. More pics when I get them. Thanks to Matt and Tim from Death Science for putting the run together.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Out of Focus

Build your bike exactly how you want it. Take pride in your craftsmanship and work hard to make the reality of the motorcycle match your vision. Above all, don't waste time seeking the approval of anonymous goons on any internet forum and don't follow the trends. We've already got an over abundance of those fags.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fire and Blood

Cutting, shaping, and welding metal is dirty business. When you've got to do it, you know enough to concede to how dirty you will get and how much metal dust you're going to inhale. If it was too easy they'd call it golf.

Purpose built exhaust almost completed. The purpose? Go Fast.

I managed to set my shop broom on fire with the plasma cutter while I was making the base plate for my tail section. Not a little on fire either, full on in flames. Out the door and stomp it out, still functional.

Got the rear loop of the tail piece done. It doesn't look like much right now, but it's the most important piece to get done since the rest of the tail section is based on this one strut.

I had a visit from the world famous Roadside Marty as well the other night and was pleased to get the thumbs up on this bike from him. He generously hooked me up with enough parts to put together a fully adjustable sport front fork for the bike, AND he gave me some valuable tips on how to get my bike into all the cool guy magazines. Apparently the main trick is to be very willing to perform oral sex on the male editors of said mags. It's all starting to make sense.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ruining a Perfectly Good Sporty

Put the Andrews N8 cams in the Slingshot today. These cams would be the kid that beat up the wimpy kid on the playground, i.e. the weak stock cams. Not drag race radical, but a large improvement over the stockers, especially on a bike this light.

While I had the cam cover off, I was obligated to give it the classic trim job. This was the first one I'd done, mainly because few customers will pay you to permanently disfigure their bike's engine. After a few hours of rough cutting, grinding, filing, sanding and polishing it's looking right.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Frosty Nuts

It finally got hot enough to cut the AC on for the first time in the house this year. About five minutes later Brick found his favorite floor vent and layed right on top of it. Gotta keep your nuggets cool.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fire at Will

Holy chest cannons! The jalopy behind her is pretty slick too.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Revenge Run Ready

We'll see who's got the stones to show up.

Set to the Rear

After a trip to the metal shop I finally conquered the shifter side of my rear set foot controls on the Slingshot. So step 1: Get a good sized piece of 1/2" thick aluminum.
Step 2: Using all the knowledge & skill you've obtained from watching every episode of Biker Build-Off 27 times, make a pattern and get your plate bolted to the bike.

Step 3: Drill a mounting hole for the rear set and make sure it lines up with the right side. Trim the excess material, and try to not cut any fingers off.
Lastly, send your roughed out mounting bracket out to be finish shaped and polished. Real big time builders don't do that shit themselves, that's for the little people to do.
I made the tank mounts and got the tank hard mounted on the bike as well, but I've put enough pictures of that up already.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Original Gangstas

Took a short drive north to take my tank to Jimmy Bortles for petcock relocation. I hadn't seen him for quite awhile and it was good to see he's still building great bikes with his unique style and flawless craftsmanship. Definitely a guy who hasn't gotten enough credit for the level of work he does. Just glad he's still doing it. Of course, he did a great job on my tank, which is why I took it to him to start with. I'll post pics when I get the tank mounted on the bike in the next day or two.

While Jimmy was working on my tank I headed to my very good friend Mike's to see what kind of projects he's got going and enjoy the high level of hospitality he and his wife Karel always put on. Got to meet up with the legendary Dirty Ed for a while as well, so a good time all the way around.

Always does me good to spend some time with guys that get what it's all about.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Sidecar Magnificence

A bike from the Custom Chrome European show, built by a shop in Italy. Simply beautiful. They used 3000 sheets of titanium leaf on the sheetmetal. The Europeans really know how to go the extra mile with their craftsmanship. Only running a 74ci Flattie, you won't ever go 100mph, but you'll cool as hell cruising the back roads. Great bike.