Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Belated C@D Report

Good turnout at C@D this week. More older bikes than is sometimes the case. Tommy joined us on the Triton which was cool. Most notable bike this week was Chick's Triumph. Pretty bike.

This Vincent was up there a few weeks ago. I honestly can't remember where it came from, might be Chick's too. Love that it ended up parked next to a Honda Trail 90.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dirt Track

Ain't many guy doing the "traditional rod" thing this real.


I'm thinking I may need to rearrange my garage... things are getting a little tight.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fill'er Up?

Speaking of Falcon...

Never really looked at the detail so closely. Good lord.

Born Loser Falcon

There's an interesting post on the Born Loser blog about Ian Barry & Falcon motorcycles. I'm sure some of you are thinking "enough already about that F-ing black springer bike." If you don't like it all three of the people that read this blog can go read something else. JK

I contacted Ian about some parts he liked to use in the early days. The guy was way too cool & approachable to be a "celebrity builder." If I was in Jason Lee's income bracket I'd buy one of Ian's bikes too.

Isle of Vashon TT 2010

Warning: Guest post by Flathead45, who went by his lonesome to the Isle of Vashon TT today.

Seemed like there were a LOT of bikes there. Imagine the normal ratio of cars to motorcycles... Then invert it. Imagine that the motorcycles outnumber the cars by the same ratio... That's what it was like. Inject alcohol, and we could have reenacted Hollister '47.

You couldn't swing a dead possum without hitting a Triumph. I caught a few for Bitmonkey:

Not sure everything on this bobber would pass the Jeff Decker design test... At a minimum, I think Evel wants his helmet back.

I had to spend a few seconds determining the function of the tape and vice-grips. Takes the place of a lockwasher on the rear axle nuts. I think it has his alma mater on the taillight lens...

I also saw the first T-bucket I can actually say I would definitely want to own. It has a very interesting twist from almost every other T-bucket... I'll bet you can see it pretty quick.

Make sure you count the spark plugs... I missed that till I got home!

Here are all the pictures I took. For more on the knucklehead, check out 38HDU. Bitmonkey, make sure there is some extra room in your t-shirt drawer.

Pre-Unit Custom

Nothing wrong with a period correct pre-unit custom with all the right aftermarket parts. Particularly cool when its built in Spain.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


There's a nice post on the Dice blog about the Italian magazine "Riders" my bike was supposed to be featured in. I'm not sure piece if that ever actually ran or not. Looks like a nice magazine.

Decker Rants

I really like Jeff Decker's latest post. I'd love to think I followed similar design incentives in building my bike but maybe I just fall in the "trendy bobber" category. Hope not.

Hot Rod Girl

Lifted from my absolute favorite hot rod blog, LowTech. More & more often I'm finding myself jealous of other peoples gearhead photography. Bad Sydney bad.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Drag Bike Girl

This is lifted from the Haints, those guys are flat out trouble if you've never checked their blog out. Definitely not safe for work.

I love this photo. I love the fact that she is almost certainly someone's grandmother now.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Root Family Moto

Probably the coolest late 70's family photo in existence. Grandpa & Grandma Root with my Yamaha 80 and Flathead45's Kawasaki 125. Is Grandma wearing jeans?! Legendary "Dorko" Ford Econoline pickup in the background (some people actually WANT to drive those now-a-days...). Location Big Dig/Montesa Park.

Monday, August 23, 2010


One more from Bonneville

1965 Triumph Triumph Bonneville T120C

This is probably my favorite year for a "holy grail" model (T120C/TT) done in the West Coast - Johnson Motors style. It's for sale in Redmond if Flathead45 wins the lottery and cares to drop by to pick it up on his lunch hour.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Garage Company

Flathead45 called me from the Garage Company the other day. No lie, I'm a little jealous.

AMCA Bobber Giveaway

The finished AMCA giveaway bike. Just awesome. Damn fine job Ryan!


Would this make a bitchin' street-tracker or what? I'm guessing the engine build isn't particularly streetable.

Trackmaster frame with 1973 Triumph 750cc 5 speed, right hand shift. Race ready and runs very strong. Set up by my good friend Mike Haney, ex-national number 91. Like new Pirelli MT53 Tires.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More Bonneville

This bike was one of the winners at SOW. Kinda cool to see it running around salty.

Looks like one of the Lowbrow boys may have set a record today.

CL Find

1959 triumph tiger - $3250 (Lubbock Texas). Sorta cool for the money maybe. Looks like a serious hodge-podge of parts. I bet it's already gone.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

European Americana

Anyone else noticed lots of the absolutely coolest rods seem to have European plates? Super cool and a little sad all at the same time. They get it, why don't more people here?

Bonneville 2010

All the pictures from Bonneville are popping up now. I really have to make it there some day.

The only "local" I know of out there right now is Jeff Brock and his Bonneville Bomber Buick.

Craig Murray mentioned riding a Triumph Trident powered LSR bike for Big D Cycles in Dallas a while back. Not sure what the status of that is. Craig seems to be laying pretty low these days.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bonneville 2010

Everyone is Bonneville bound. I'm REALLY wishing I was too.

Tyler & Kyle from Lowbrow are both taking bikes for the first time this year.

Four Aces Wes is running both his 500 and the legendary Salt Ghost. Too cool!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Paging Mr Herman...

Pee Wee actually at Sturgis. And I was under the impression Sturgis was exclusively for douches. What the hell do I know...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cannonball Trophy

A Jeff Decker creation. According to Jeff creating trophy makes him self-imposed ineligible to win. It's pretty ficken cool.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

C@D Report

Slowish day at C@D. My favorite '48 Norton International was there (I've posted pics before). You should hear that thing... Knucklehead Steve was back with the Wauseon report, sounds like a good time. Naturally I had to thoroughly examine his bar setup.

Saw a pretty unique Bridgestone GTR 350 two stroke. I overheard someone saying they sold them through Montgomery Wards stores in the late 60's.

Met a guy named Allen P. with a pretty unmolested 1970 Triumph Bonneville. Best part is he bought it new in 1970! I doubt if he's washed it since 1970... Recently put knobbies on it because he likes to ride the East Mountain fire roads. Seemed like a cool enough guy, just looking to ride the damn thing. Great story. I'll see if I can get him out for a group ride sometime. "Barn find" guys were crapping their pants a little.

Happy Birthday

"Thanks Uncle Flathead!" Don't take the facial expression as a lack of enthusiasm. Someone just got home from a 13 hour train trip.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Boozefighter's 1941 U

Noticed this one on eBay. I love the Crocker style paint scheme. Not a huge fan of the bobbed front fender, it would probably grow on me if I lived in Seattle. This bike is cool as hell but I honestly think I'd rather have a restored late 30's U/UL than one that's bobbed. IMO they are some of the absolutely prettiest stock MC's ever built.