Thursday, June 30, 2011

Looked at an old bike tonight.

It's British, 1953. The guy talked about it like it was a big deal, though there's a little ding in the tank....still might pick it up if the price is right. 5,000 original miles, so that's cool.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


This poorly framed photo is a '77 Bultaco Frontera I had years ago. What a monster. That thing tried to kill me on many occasions. 370cc, kicker on the wrong side, and geared to be way faster than any dirt bike should be.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Went out for a little solo run on the bike yesterday, and decided to stop for an iced coffee. Pulling in, I ran into a couple of locals that I've had the pleasure to talk to on various occasions, John and Dave from the Ty-Rods C.C. Talk about a couple of characters! These old timers will gab your ear off if given the chance, but only a fool would turn away without listening. These guys can tell some stories, and I was drinking it in. It's amazing how times change. I wasn't even born yet when they were out drag racing after high school. Unfortunately, I was born in the wrong era.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Attention: Grabber

A stroke of luck cleared my Saturday at the last minute; a shot to Paul's and braking history was made. Nissin 4 pot RC51 caliper mated to Brembo (Ducati take-off) radial master attached to '78 FLH.

A sheet of 1/4" aluminum was cut down to a rough bracket and axle center drilled.

Paul fabbed up top hat shaped sleeve for the old 5/8" banana pin hole.

Paul's neighbor Perley came through big by shaving off .105" from the caliper mounts.

After fitting and refitting umpteen times, we're down to nibbling in place for max pad contact.

Finally, we're done. Added master cylinder and that baby has the kung-fu grip.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Range vs. Aesthetics...

I really like the way that Wassel looks on the shovel...but it's capacity sucks.
Just for laughs I threw on that abomination of gas tanks, The Porkster. It looks like a glandular problem and is generally unclean in the eyes of the choppa gods, but I have never, ever had 4 gallon capacity on a custom bike.
Might have to catch Jason and have him make it purple...then I could switch 'em out like changing hats or something.

finished sissy/fender

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Another post-Cape fix

Apparently, most of my sprocket rivets had broken which left one bolt to hold the whole assembly together. I was on my way to work and one last clutch pop did it in...
I pushed the shovel a mile & a half to a hardware store and did the Herb fix (a few machine screws just to get me home.) Now I've got sixteen 1/4-20 bolts in there. Let's hope they're up to the task.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

SPCL Shovel

Now if you could just find someone to polish the mags

almost done

sweet Wassell fender, few extra holes, $100

Sissy bar almost done, its crazy how long shit takes when you do it correctly.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The nicest part of my bike

Is now my fender mounts, thanks again buddy.

I drink it up!!!

Just some Friday fun, don't look too hard for meaning...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

so punk

looks like a trailer fender in this pic, but the sweet punk sissy makes up for it....

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

50 Wet Love

Not much to add other than the 3rd annual Cape Cod Rain Invitational was a little wet, but as usual the Captain put on a great shindig. Where else can you go from conversations about Nugget and Black Tail, to Bum Fights and 80's movies?! Rain or shine, it's always a good time!

The Grape Ape

50 Weight Love

Swtich-O Change-O

The Wizard

The Beard

The Turtle

Monday, June 13, 2011

Trust the Gorton's Fisherman.

Arrr, matey.

Here's the original, just so you know I wasn't creepin' on Herb inappropriately.

2011 Cape Cod Classic

Thanks again Captain

Points cover for Paul

Here you go.

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Nice to pack all the season's rain riding in one weekend isn't it?

It works that way, right?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jay, it's not too late

before these guys want you to prospect. Details at

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Forecast...mostly moist.

Hopefully this will improve a bit.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Vintage Bike Day

Stopped by the Tumbleweeds MC Vintage Bike Day today at the Star drive-in. Lots of nice stuff there. The day was perfect for it, and it was nice to see a lot of familiar faces.


Friday, June 3, 2011


New seat from LePera arrived recently. So far, I like it and I got to keep the stock hinge.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

one down

now I just need to fix the kicker gasket, fork seal and the smoking rear cylinder....