Sunday, October 23, 2011

How to Spot Uncle Creepy

When a van has "Caution Transporting Children" on the back AND the windows are covered with newspapers, maybe something isn't quite kosher. And before you ask, this is a real picture taken by someone I trust, not some internet gag. Hey kids!! Who wants a balloon animal???

RIP Marco Simoncelli

Just read this morning that Marco was killed in a crash early in the MotoGP race in Malaysia. These guys have the heart and the courage to ride the most powerful motorcycles in the world and race at the very limits of man and machine. Sad to lose a young racer at only 24 years old, but I'm still inspired by anyone willing to put it all on the line for the thrill of competition and the glory of winning.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Angry Hornets

The sound that scares old ladies and thrills young ones.

I cleaned the end cap on the muffler. There's something good about a nice piece of hand polished aluminum, its got soul.

It's Friday, No Reason Not To Smile

Of course, when you're unemployed every day is Sunday, but I digress.....

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Real Performance Art

No, not the performance 'art' put on by some hipster asshole standing on a stage and ranting about the gov't while beating on a garbage can lid. I mean the kind that propels you down the road at speeds three times faster than good sense would dictate. A very wise and capable man from Detroit once said that form follows function. For those of us passionate and foolish enough to try to build a motorcycle that you can't buy in a dealership, the real challenge is making form follow function without it seeming like an afterthought.

My long running Sportster project is an immediate example of this challenge. I started with a certain vision for the bike, and despite refining this idea over time, I've always had a focused image of a stripped down, sharp handling, fire breathing XL as the final goal. I'm light years from a high end bike builder, but I like to think I know when a bike looks right. The mechanical part of bike building is easy for me. It's the aesthetic aspect that remains the challenge. I keep chasing that vision and it's what keeps me excited to keep building bikes. It's the addiction that doesn't need a cure.