Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Triumph Jacket

New Jacket from Triumph. Steve McQueen entered the ISDT in 1964 as part of a US team in the then communist Iron Curtain of East Germany. Kinda cool.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

eBay ULH

Nice 1938 ULH on the Bay. According the the text it's currently living in New Mexico which I thought was interesting. I wonder where...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mike D's Black Springer Triumph

I've posted about this bike tons of times before, it's the bike that really made me want a Triumph. I heard through the Born Loser blog yesterday that's now on Craigslist in LA. Mike Davis, the guy behind Born Loser, is the guy that originally built it. He's clearly still a little nostalgic about it. The bike looks a little bit worse for wear but it's still pretty cool. A word of warning, Born Loser is not what I'd call "safe for work."



Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I remember thinking this bike was the picture of shear badassery once upon a time. Little did I know we'd eventually see boy bands like Nsync wearing Fox gear on stage...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Stumbled across this while I was pulling some other pictures off the camera & decided I'd post it. Incidentally, if anyone reading this knows of a reasonable deal on a mechanically sound, restorable HD U-UL-UH-ULH let me know.

Monday, January 18, 2010

CAD Report

Interesting day at Coffee at Dawn yesterday. Rode up in a group ride with the Duke City Rockers and the NM Chapter of the Pharaohs. Unfortunately I rushed out and forgot to take a camera.

We saw a couple of interesting bikes.

Who knew Norton made a factory built "chopper" call the Hi-Rider to capitalize on the Easy Rider craze? Pretty butt ugly and apparently a significant marketing flop. It's kinda like Ducati building a boulevard cruiser today.

We also saw a 1953 BMW R51/3. Perhaps the only "elegant" BMW horizontally opposed twin I have ever seen. Cool as hell. Some guys were setting up a comparison photo with it and a modern BMW GS. Gotta remember my camera...

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Mexico Motor Patrol

Another amazing piece from the archives of Robbie in Taos.

Duke City Rockers

I made it to a meeting of the Duke City Rockers last night. Small group but it seemed cool enough. Most the bikes present last night are in this photo.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Get Outta There

I got the broken bolt out last night using an extractor. I was worried about getting it to drill centered as the bolt was hard enough I couldn't get it to center punch very well. I was ultimately able to dimple the head pretty nicely with the Dremel.

The guy at the Ace convinced me to run another standard "tool type" cap screw, he was a retired tool & die guy. He thought the original may have had some sort of manufacturing defect. I may still try to track down grade 8's at some point soon. It's back together and ready for tonight provided the weather is not too crappy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I went for a short ride after work tonight a notice an odd new vibration, felt like it was coming from the front brake maybe. I started poking around and discovered the oil tank bracket was loose. Sheared the lower bolt off. Getting it out without screwing up the bung is gonna be a bit of a challenge. Maybe slot it so I can get it out with a screwdriver or use an extractor. Let me know if you have any brilliant ideas.

Bummer. I was supposed to me with a new Brit bike group on Thursday night too.

Salt 2.0

I know I've posted this bike before but it's just too damn cool. Great writeup on it here. Apparently Wes White of Fours Aces now owns it. It would be too cool if it actually got raced again.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

MidAmerica Results

1948 Harley Davidson UL 74 CI LOT#323 Third owner since new and in mint condition. First year wishbone frame. Rebuilt at 17,000 miles. Trophy winner! Eng#48UL1652

1948 Harley Davidson UL 74 CI LOT#211 This motorcycle is an exceptionally accurate restoration and is extremely rare. Eng#48U2519

Judging from these two someone really wanted that UH. Incidentally Craig's Gene Romero went for $20,000. The awesome Wheels Through Time EL bobber I posted previously went for $29,000.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Crazy to think she is probably now someone's grandmother now.

ABQ Triumphs

I was looking through some photos someone took at the Albuquerque Toy Run that took place before Christmas. I found a couple pictures of the Triumphs I was riding with for a while. I'd really like to meet the guys they belong to.

And a couple more that were there

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Original Wild Ones?

Here is the picture from my colleague Tony. The Knuck on the end belonged to his Uncle, who was an active member of a motorcycle club in Los Angeles both right after WWII. His aunt is the one sitting on it.

Cool Indian Chief next to it. There's another picture of his uncle with a cast on his arm, and a buddy with a cast on his ankle... I'm sure there is a story there. Tony said something about it happening on the Arroyo Seca freeway, if I remember right...

I hope to get more biographical info from him...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Ever wonder how much you could make a Triumph look like a Vincent with just paint?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


This one's up on eBay right now. Kinda cool.

Bates Repops

These are kinda cool. They are incredibly accurate reproductions of original Bates seats right down to the leather and cad plated hardware. They still aren't cheap but well worn originals are routinely going for over $1000. I just don't need to be "cool" that badly.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Jeff Decker Sculpture Stolen

Hmm. Reports are a 4 ton sculpture was stolen from in front of a HD dealership and no one saw it happen. Word is the dealership is already in financial crisis. Then Jeff posts a photo of Robin Hood on his blog and reports said news story as slander. This could be interesting.