Sunday, October 30, 2011

C@D Report

Nice day at C@D today. The weather was great. Some interesting bikes, most of which posted before. I finally managed to catch the regulars with the Trident (Jason & Jamie). Cool bike and they really put the miles on it.

Bill's impeccable CB750 cafe finally made it up on it's own devices. Bill thinks he may have fried his regulator and was running with a total loss charging system today (sorting a new old bike can take a little while). He rode back with us and the bike sounds great. I didn't take too many photos because I posted several before.

Scott(?) pulled in on his HD just as we were leaving. Melanie knows him somehow but I can't remember how. She showed me a picture of this bike once before they moved. I've previously always seen Scott on a cabon-fibered to the hilt Ducati. I like the Triumph tank.

The HD photos don't suck like mine usually do because Stephen took em with his cellphone. Ever notice a good guitarist sounds better on a crap guitar than a shit guitarist sounds on the best Taylor/CF Martin/whatever? Same concept in photography here. Lucky you.

Todd McLellan Classic Motorcycles

I stumbled across Todd McLellan's Classic Motorcycle Photography Project recently. Beautiful stuff. I love the top shots. It's a perspective you never see unless its a bike you ride.

The shots remind me a little of something I've seen before. Stephen needs his own Vincent to shoot. Business expense/write off, right?


I spotted this bike at one of my son's football games a few weeks ago. Never got around to posting it.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Has there ever been a woman on the Seattle Cossacks team? I get the impression it's a pretty common question. Maybe this lady could have been a candidate. Can't hurt to look a little like Clara Bow.


My son's football coach is about as traditional as they come. You'll see no cornrows, skull caps or gold lame shoes on his team (my son only cuts his hair during football season out of requirement and refuses to cut it the whole rest of the year). The boys wear suits and ties to the away games. Traditional preseason workout? Pushing coach's 1951 Ford truck. This all took place preseason this year but I saw these photos for the first time today.

While on the subject of football, this is the tenth year my son has played football. It's something he decided to do entirely on his own devices as a little kid. He has been a "first-stringer" since day one as a lineman, usually playing both sides of the ball, often entire games. He's a HS senor this year, team captain. I'm proud of him and I'm hardly a "football Dad" (that's Mom's job!). Team injuries pushed him into the role of sometimes Fullback this year. He scored his career first TD Friday (29 yards)! I suspect that fulfills the secret dream of loads of career lineman before him... Pretty damn cool moment.

Thanks to Saundra Harrison & David Crosby for the photos.

Land of Perpetual Construction

My daughter's car has needed new brake pads for a couple of weeks now, I finally got around to replacing them today. I jacked up the right rear tire, pulled the wheel an noticed something skewering the rear splash guard. My first thought (after what the f$%k is that?!) was that the linkage for the e-brake had come apart. Once I looked closer I noticed it was an 18" long, 1/4 inch self tapping screw! Wow. I was literally dragging along the center of the tire at about the four o'clock position. Pictures don't do it justice. That's a nickel for scale.

I've never seen one like this before. Any idea what it would have been used for originally?

Chick's 1945 Triumph Speed Twin

I appears Chick is selling his 1945 Triumph Speed Twin. I was always under the misconception it was a T100. I may have jumped to that conclusion due to the non-standard paint scheme. It's cool to get the specifics on some of it's history. I'd love to have more background like that on mine. I'll miss seeing this bike at coffee but I'm confident it will be replaced with something else cool if it hasn't already. Chick mentioned to me once that his 500 was significantly "buzzier" than his Thunderbird. I suspect that's why he doesn't ride it that much.

Huggy Leaver's Knuck

Vincent from the Southsiders MC pointed out the Knuck Flathead Rob & I were talking about belongs to Huggy Leaver. Since I'm a clueless American I had to look Huggy up. I am at least familiar with the Plastix but didn't know Huggy by name. It sounds like Huggy has a lot of motorcycle interests, vintage HD's, streetfighters, etc. I'll have to look for a picture of his flathead. Thanks Vincent.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dale Walksler - Lee Hartung Collection

Dale Walksler of Wheels Through Time fame helping out RM Auctions with the Lee Hartung Collection. "This is cool, let's get it running..." Cool stuff.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Motorcycle Cannonball 2012

Pre-1930. They are going closer to Flathead Rob's neck of the woods than mine this time, I guess we'll have to plan accordingly. September 7-21, 2012.

Pre-event TBD TBD
Pre-event TBD Registration, TBD
Stage 1 Fr Sept. 7 Newburgh, NY to Wellsboro, PA 209 Miles
Stage 2 Sa Sept. 8 Wellsboro, PA to Sandusky, OH 330 Miles
Stage 3 Su Sept. 9 Sandusky, OH to Milwaukee, WI 310 Miles
Stage 4 Mo Sept. 10 Milwaukee, WI. to Anamosa, IA 210 Miles
Stage 5 Tu Sept. 11 Anamosa, IA to Spirit Lake, IA 280 Miles
Stage 6 We Sept. 12 Spirit Lake, IA to Murdo, SD 280 Miles
Stage 7 Th Sept. 13 Murdo, SD to Sturgis, SD 300 Miles
Rest Day Fr Sept. 14 Rest Day; Sturgis, SD
Stage 8 Sa Sept. 15 Sturgis, SD to Sheridan, WY 250 Miles
Stage 9 Su Sept. 16 Sheridan, WY. to Jackson Hole, WY 320 Miles
Stage 10 Mo Sept. 17 Jackson Hole, WY. to Mountain Home, ID 300 Miles
Stage 11 Tu Sept. 18 Mountain Home, ID to Burns, OR 275 Miles
Stage 12 We Sept. 19 Burns, OR to Alturas, CA 250 Miles
Stage 13 Th Sept. 20 Alturas, CA to Redway, CA 330 Miles
Stage 14 Fr Sept. 21 Redway, CA to San Francisco, CA 230 Miles


Aren't places like Jackson Hole sometimes pretty damn cold in September? Vorhese, can I sleep in your DeSoto 11/21/2012? JK

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Go play In The Freeway

Surely almost everyone has dreamed about what they'd do with a closed freeway. As a kid it was probably riding your skateboard/BMX/dirt bike right down the middle lane, hell, the wrong way. Why not. As a grownup? How about a four minute no traffic or speed limit commute to the office? The ideas are limitless. I bet you could form a contest around giving away the chance to fulfill whatever your dream might be...

Rumor has it our friends in the Seattle Cossacks got to live their dream today.

"Members of the Seattle Cossacks classic motorcycle stunt team perform on the upper deck of the closed Alaskan Way Viaduct on Saturday, October 22, 2011 in downtown Seattle. They were winners of a contest where organizations made pitches about what they would do on the deck of the closed highway for half an hour. The highway usually carries 110,000 cars per day and will be closed for 9 days as demolition of the southern h
alf of the aging structure begins. The highway, built in the 1950s, will be replaced with a new deep bore tunnel along the Seattle waterfront."

Members of the Rat City Rollergirls and Seattle Cossacks motorcycle stunt team have fun on the upper deck of the closed Alaskan Way Viaduct (Hmm, I believe there is a rollergirl on Flathead Rob's shoulders in this photo...)

(Is that Nater mopping up the stripe?)

(Flathead Rob - Nice try, you don't look inconspicuous surrounded by rollergirls)

So far all I've heard from Flathead Rob is "Way more fun than anyone should have on one day!" I hope to get the full scoop tomorrow.

Killer pictures and I've heard there may be more coming.