Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I was watching a documentary on early Bonneville cars tonight and saw lots of legendary cars I'd seen before (some in person at the Peterson Museum). I don't remember ever seeing the Chrisman Coupe before. Man that thing is rad.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I just read Ducati's Sports Classics product line is getting the axe. Kind of a shame in my opinion.

The Paul Smart edition (below) is the one showroom stock modern Ducati I couldn't help ogling every time I saw one. Beautiful bike. I think that bike was a limited edition anyway but this shouldn't hurt it's value over the next several years.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

GS Update

I got the clutch lever I've been waiting for in the mail on Friday and finally got to ride the GS. I was surprised just how different it is power wise than Olivia. It's fairly gutless until about 6000 RPM and then comes on pretty strong (for a 400). Ride it for a while and Olivia seems like an absolute beast. I got the idle mixture sorted out too.

I think I've decided to just run the stock side covers so I need to buy a stock size battery. Then just need to find the internal front brake master cylinder parts and a headlight shell.

I can't wait to buy a seat base so I can start doing some actual cutting and fab!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Vintage Art

Stumbled across this eBay listing for a 1936 Triumph Sales Brochure. Thought the cover art is pretty cool...

Crazy Chris' Beezer Liquidation Sale

I saw a post on CL that Kent Chris is selling off all his BSA stuff. No fear he's keeping all the Triumph stuff:

For 40 years or more, this amazing assortment of BSA parts has been accumulating in a warehouse on the hill above Kent. Now a decision to concentrate his efforts on Triumph parts and service has resulted in this offering to sell the Beezer pile as a lot. Included are frames, titles, engines and transmissions and many other parts, mostly disassembled and stored separately. Models covered are mostly A65 twins from the '60s and '70s, with a sprinkling of single cylinder and older parts to keep it interesting. Some are new old stock. The pictures below only hint at the size of the pile. You'll have to come see for yourself if you are interested. Call Chris at 253-852-4019 to arrange a showing. Keywords Triumph, Norton, British bikes.


There's a cool little pictorial over at Full Throttle or Bust on Fork. They are the folks that made my beloved points cover (thank you Joey).

Warms my heart to see the Fender bass propped in the corner. It looks just like the Fender P Flathead45 and I refinished. Saw my kid killing it live on it just last night! Proud papa.

Triumph Trophy

On eBay right now. Not too shabby.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


The GS is making a little progress. It's running. I pulled the original butt ugly airbox and added some pod filters because box was in really bad shape, must have sat with water in it. Now I'm gonna need to re-jet it. Got some Clubman bars & grips. I've spent a bunch of time cleaning stuff up, painting etc. starting at the front end. I have seals and wipers for the forks but haven't torn them down yet. The paint on the tank was pretty thrashed from cleaning it out so I finished stripping it. Really need to find a clutch lever and a master cylinder rebuild kit. Pretty boring stuff but a couple of people have asked me where it's at.

The best part of working on it is having a steady wrenching buddy. It's unbelievably cool to have a kid that likes this stuff. I'd bet money he's building super cool stuff by the time he's in HS. He's got impeccable taste... In cars/motorcycles, not pajamas.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


From The Vorhese Blog. Was on his blog but it's never been on my blog before...
Too damn funny.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

PJ's First Annual Bike Show

Justin and I went down to PJ's First Annual Bike Show today. Some cool bikes, met some really cool guys and the Icon Stunt Team was pretty damn cool despite riding on about the worst imaginable surface.

Two trophies, my girl 'Liv had a pretty good day for a woman in her 40's. I guess $20,000 of carbon fiber doesn't necessarily = coolest bike...

The Horse

I guess it's finally out (Issue #104 I think). Justin sent me this photo, hence the beautiful backdrop. I haven't found a copy anywhere yet. Seems like the photos aren't very good. I guess we'll see.

Friday, November 12, 2010

GS Seat

I've been doing lots of build planning and research. I'm using this post primarily as a way to save some referenced URL's.

I've been looking around quite a bit both from the perspective of building my own seat or finding a pre-built one I really like.

This CB75021M seat so far is a favorite. I suspect I can probably buy one like this cheaper than I could build one. A seat pan is available too.

Been kinda thinking a '50 Pontiac taillight would look pretty cool.

I've learned my lesson that running filament bulbs on an old bike is a PITA. Should probably get an LED. Frenching buckets are available too.

I might end up just running a Lucas 525 taillight under the seat/fender. Some of the knockoffs have a built in license plate bracket.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

GS Cafe Progress

I got the gas tank back from the radiator shop last night and started Joey's GS for the first time. It's always cool to hear something run that hasn't for 10+ years.

It's only running on one cylinder. It has good spark so I'm thinking I must have missed something in the left carb. It was a real mess.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Triumph Thunderbird Drag Bike

Lifted from Bike Exif. This bike and picture are so damn cool.

Riders Feature

I received a copy of the Riders magazine my 'Liv has a small feature in yesterday. The magazine is really nice, it reminds me of GQ with a motorcycle bent. Similar quality, photography, art, advertising and sense of fashion.

I'm not embarrassed to admit I think it's kinda cool to get a little magazine attention. My daughter shot the photo, her first photo widely published, which to me is even cooler than the feature (proud papa). Too bad my Italian is non-existent. The article probably says I'm a big douche.

Vincent Cafe

Screw the GS, I think I'll just build a Vincent Cafe.

Sweet '42 U

Sunday, November 7, 2010

C@D Report

Pretty quiet day at C@D this morning. Justin & I were the only representation from the ABQ Meridan Syndicate.

There was a guy up there with a dual axle trailer load looking to sell a good portion of his collection. There are apparently a couple of teen era Indians he didn't bring (priced in the teens). I'm not really sure how to get a hold of him but if you are looking for a pre-1920 HD or Indian let me know.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Decker's Lair

Found a cool Jeff Decker interview on the Knucklebusters blog. Imagine having a Miller race car and a T100R in your living room...