Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pedal to the Metal


I scored an extra brake pedal at the swap meet for $1, so thought I would give it a chop. I riveted and polished afterwards. I dig it. There is so much superfluous meat on pedals, pegs, and the like, they can all use a trim. The pegs are next.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Chain of Fools

FINALLY got around to putting the chain on my 96. Went nice and easy, only took a few hours. Quick and snappy acceleration with the 2.29 ratio. Stoked.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Electric Peacock



All finished. The tank is from Cleveland Cycle Werks, and is well made. It bolted on in the stock spot without a hitch, and is even set-up to be rubber-mounted.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Firsties



I painted this tank. It came out better than I expected, and I learned a few things along the way. I am going to clear it tomorrow with that 2K stuff. The tank is all rattle can with the exception of the bubbles and shadows, which I did with my airbrush. I had a lot of fun, and want to do another.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Meeting of Swaps

This weekend. I remember when they had this at the Cow Palace, hopefully the new venue will live up to that legacy. Same place as the AMCA swap/show every June. Stoked.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Chopper Stopper

I finished up this gixxer master cylinder last night. I am waiting on a rebuild kit, then it is going on the evo. I cleaned up all the casting marks and rounded the corners and such. Then I bored it out to 1", and gave it a decent polish. It is sexy small.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

CHP

The California Highway Patrol seems to think my bike would be safer with turn signals and a mirror. I got the tickets a few months ago, and waited till the last minute to put these hideous parasites on. It's nice because I made it all quick release and externally wired, so I can take it all off in 2 minutes and put it back on in 5. This is the healthy choice for the next time an officer decides to justify his paycheck on my bike's behalf.  I will keep them safely boxed for future use. Now this week I must ride it over to the CHP office, sign it off, go to the courthouse, pay the fine and skirt that bench warrant.

A quick word about not having a mirror. Without a mirror, you can't see the flashing lights behind you  (you also can't hear the siren due to your illegal exhaust). By the time the [motorcycle] cop gets up beside you, he is pretty pissed. Chill out, it's going to hurt a bit.

Respect only goes so far.

Sprockets


I trimmed my sprocket cover this weekend. Nice and mellow, I didn't go overboard. I think it complements my cam cover nicely.

Sales



I threw these nasty items on ebay, because I need money for candy bars. Old brown leather m/c jacket, and an OG brass Brit cap. Sassy.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fashion

Hopefully this will be a 3-dimensional object soon. A black, short-sleeved bundle of Hate.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Chopped and Stuffed

I got the N2 cams in and the cover chopped. And the bike actually started......then backfired and stalled about a block from my house. I could smell gas when I cranked it over and realized it wasn't getting spark. Turns out it was my lazy wiring job re-attaching the ignition pickup (I cut them to get the cover off). Fixed the wiring and took off----->FAST. Lots of low and mid torque, don't know about the top end yet. I am way stoked. It will work out perfectly with the soon to come Dyna 2Ki system.


I will take care of the (now oversized) sprocket cover next week when I do my 520 chain conversion. I ordered a 48 and a 23, both by Chris Products, but I think I am going to end up with a 21 on the front...super-torque-wheelie-machine. I also ended up getting a Renthal Gold O-ring chain. I know that the "O-ring" adds more weight than a standard chain, which is the point of converting over to 520, but I'm not road racing this thing..?.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cams

Swapping Cams today. I picked these Andrews N2's up a little while back. They only have a few hundred miles on them, and are in great shape. This should only take a few hours. I am anticipating a lot more. It's the little things......Rounding off a bolt, modifying a tool to fit in a tight spot, gaskets that won't cooperate, multiple store trips, etc. I am going to chop my cam cover as well when I'm in there. Hopefully all goes well.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Swap meet



A while back I went to a crappy swap meet in the beautiful murder city of Stockton. Pulled a few junky parts, and a couple nice lights. One of the tempting gems was this minibike. While the bike would need a little more work to be complete, the paint job sells it. I never picked it up because I bought an old anvil which tapped my resources, and weighed damn near 90 pounds.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chopper

Time to do a little chopping. I got these two covers a while back and have been wanting to give them a little trim. The cam cover came somewhat pre-chopped (apparently they used a sharpened butter knife and some scissors)...so it needs a lot of finishing work. I've never liked how most people chop their evo sporty cam covers. They leave them too unfinished looking with sharp edges. I like to round-out the bolt holes and take the edges down (like on my ironhead one). The sprocket cover is going to get somewhat skeletonized, leaving the interior gussets for the framework. Shitty because the chrome is factory, so it's going to take some real work to get it back down to bare aluminum. Stay tuned for some after pics.

Transgender Hack Job

I put up another quick How-To on Chop Cult today. It is how to turn your lame proprietary foot peg perches on an ironhead into a more universally acceptable format. In a nutshell, it turns the male mount into a female mount. No hormones necessary. CLICK HERE.

Personal Massager



Today I got this. It was 1/2 price, and I have been wanting to toy with one of these for a bit now. I don't really know what I'm doing yet, but threw an odd assortment of things in to see what happens. There is a rough chopped aluminum clutch perch, a stainless bolt or two, a brass nut, and a beat up nissin m/c off a gixxer. I have them in a blend of walnut shells and some ceramic triangles. Maybe I'll do a little research to increase my chances of success, and decrease my chances of throwing this thing off an overpass.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dealer has 21

Turns out the correct number of Supertrapp discs is 21. At least on my bike. I can't wait to raise that number by a few in the very short future. I have a new Dyna 2ki ignition and some Andrews N2 cams that are next on the list.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Little Tail



I've been slacking on the lights lately. Been pretty cold in my garage late nights when I get off work, so I don't spend too much time there. I have so many unfinished lights that are just waiting for the right owner. Hopefully be back in business soon. Get in touch.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stainless is forever


I just put on a new stainless Supertrapp 2into1exhaust system. I am way stoked on it so far, and it will only get better when I have time to properly tune it. And to add to the stainless fetish, some new bars made by Rene at Mercury Moto. I don't think he has a site up yet, but HERE is a thread on Chop Cult about what he does. I told him the general dimensions and parameters, and he just killed it. I will never take these bars off my bike.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Benelli

A good friend moved to San Francisco a few years back, and left this bike in my garage to do with as I pleased. I just never really had the motivation to get it running, even though it wouldn't be too hard. It is a 66 Wards Riverside, made in Italy by Benelli. A street legal 2-stroke 125cc single. The tank alone is pretty bad-ass, speedo in the headlight, and the solo seat with hidden spring is really choice. My friend got it from some old tweeker lady with 3 and 1/2 teeth. It was her husband's bike, but "he got hemmed up for a long stretch at San Q", so the bike was sold to pay bills (meth). I decided to move it out, even though part of me wants to keep it and get it back on the road, fogging mosquitos. On craigslist now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rubbers

Found a spoked 16 on Craigslist from a strange dude who I think was juiced on steroids. He was all veiny and breathing hard....I though he was going to have a heart attack on the spot. He had a full gym in his garage. He worked nights at a local titty bar. His bike was extreme. The only thing not chrome on it were the tires, and I think he was looking for a way to chrome them. He called me 'bro' about 37 times.


Anyway, I got the Avon tires on. Lowering the front this upcoming weekend.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1200

I got the bike a little less than a month ago. It is fun to ride and pulls real good through all gears (I sometimes forget I have a 5th gear). The bike came bone stock. Here's a little grocery list:
Ditched highway and passenger pegs
Took off horn and signals
Got rid of the "Custom" riser and headlight
Ditched multiple chrome "covers" that served no purpose...Why do they do it?
Rear fender...gone
Swapped the huge stock tank and vacuum petcock
Threw on a 2.2 off an earlier sporty
Yanked the front fender
Installed some nice Progressive 11" shocks for the rear
Put on a traditional sportster eyebrow with headlight
Put new Biltwell low-rise drag bars
New Biltwell Tracker seat
Put my old 36 Ford spare tire ring on for a fender
Cut the fender struts off the frame (last night, still very tired)
Took the moto pegs off the Honda and cut them to fit on the sporty clevis mounts
New breathers handmade by FedExDale
A/C from Spitfire (thanks Paul)
Pangea plate mount

BEFORE:

LAST NIGHT:
This weekend I will be  putting new traditional Avon rubber on (21" Speedmaster and a 16" MK2). Rene at MercuryMoto is making me up some very nice stainless bars, I'm putting a matching 16" spoked rear. Still planning on cutting the fork springs and putting a couple slugs in the front end to get it down a couple inches. Down the road I have to weld up some high pipes (I hate pipe wrap), cam cover chop, chain conversion, hidden switches and ditch the stock pods, shave fork lowers, maybe even some Buell heads and a Mikuni?

I have to say, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE my ironhead, but....for everyday riding the evo can't be beat. I can get on it and it just goes. Big fun happy time commute bike.

Been a While.

I have been busy. Went camping, sold the street tracker Honda, bought a 96 Sportster 1200c (stoked!), and also have been flipping lots of stuff on ebay. Lots of stuff, little time.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Street Trackin'




I am selling my 72 SL350 Honda. I got it a while back mostly stock, and made a few cuts here, some welds there, and came up with the machine you see in front of you. I really dig the bike, and it is a blast to ride (especially on corners), but it's time to move on. It has a modestly long tech sheet, so inquire for the details. Here's a craigslist ad I made up for it yesterday. I'm asking 2500, but negotiable, especially with quad cam trades.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Melted Face.

A while back a good old fashioned "swap" deal was struck. In exchange for one of my lights, I got my tank painted. I sent FRED a nice light, and a tank I had laying around and he worked his magic. Needless to say I was speechless when the tank arrived. I had it sitting on my mantle for a while, just staring at it for long periods of time. I needed to put a more mellow fender on my bike if I had a chance at pulling off the wild tank, so I got my new ribbed aluminum 7MW  fender on there. Tonight this is where I am at.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Triple Bypass.

Take some Tater Tots, and spread evenly enough to fill bottom of a greased glass baking dish. Bake in a 400˚ oven for 10 minutes, flip over. Bake 10 more minutes. Top with one can of your favorite chili. Bake 5 more minutes. Top with one generous handful of your favorite shredded cheese, then top with 1/4 of medium yellow or white onion, diced. Bake 5 more minutes. Top with dollops of sour cream. Eat. Die Young.

Going out of Business Sale!






Not really. But I just put up a ridiculous (for me) amount of stuff on that auction site. I went to a crappy swap meet today, but somehow pulled some heavy goods out of it. I found an old Indian MOTOLAMP headlight, some early "beat-up-perfectly"Anderson pegs, and a couple of weirdo lights. I put up a sweet armored cast tank headlight, a cool louvered Per-Lux, and a sweet BLC that looks like Stewie Griffin's head. Also ended up throwing another brass S&M light on there. This is the 855 model, about 7" wide. I am inching closer to that new bike. Mmmmm gennie shovel.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Good to Go.

Here is a NICE all copper light I just finished. It has the H4 conversion. Nice orange lens, which has a good contrast to the pink-brown hues of the copper. I have a similar copper headlight on my bike, and it has turned the pleasing color of an nicely worn penny. It is in perfect shape and ready to ship.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Up Next.


Just finished this one. It is a 7" all-brass S&M. I put in the Halogen hi-lo, so it's got some juice....very bright. Aged brass outside, a yellow lens, and a brass reflector inside makes for a pretty cool monotone. light that would look good on a variety of bikes, but look best on a simple, understated chop. Going on ebay on Sunday night. Cheers.