Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dovo

On it's way...




Monday, December 28, 2009

Beautiful

How can you not like it?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dave's S&S Bike

Dave Freston's 50th Anniversary S&S bike. I'm not a big fan of the X-Wedge, but I love the bike. Especially the cast snowflake rims.

Edited 03/04/10: The rims are milled and not cast as I had thought. Thanks again Jeff!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Damascus

I really need to learn how to forge damascus so I can make a few blades out of it. Such great looking stuff. Check out Devin Thomas' site for some cool damascus info


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dogbones

HG's ride. Great bike, just don't let him work on your piston rings or spokes...

Monday, December 21, 2009

EDC

Every Day Carry

Sunday, December 20, 2009

2 Things That Don't Go Together

The helmet, and this bike. Maybe it's one of those "Hellmutts" dome covers?



Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Ugghhh

Jorts and no hardhat. I should be shot...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

From The Rear

Thanks for the picture Richie

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Clutch- Dec. 30th, H.O.B.

Clutch is playing the House of Blues in Boston on Dec 30th and filming the DVD to their newest album Strange Cousins From The West. I'll be there!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Boston Riding

Saw this on a West Coast blog and thought it was funny. See how many places you can recognize

2 New Blog Links

Got 2 new blog links for you. The first is 50 Weight Love. A new blog conglomeration consisting of a few of us Northeast misfits. Should be interesting to see where this one goes, and should also jump start me to really update this blog. Second is Kickasschoppers. Got this link through a reader and checked it out. Me digs, you hear! Check'em both out.

50 Weight Love

Kickasschoppers

Nice

MAYHEM!!!!!!

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem that is!

Get festive!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Idol

Today, the Gen-X frontman turns 54.

With a Rebel Yell, Happy Birthday Billy.



Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Golden Calf (AKA The Hammer of God)

This bike is just the sack! Built and owned by Jeff Wright from Church of Choppers. This thing oozes hotness. Bet it's a shit ton 'o fun to ride too! (Pics procured by ill-gotten means from around the net)

Air cleaner looks familiar....





Monday, October 19, 2009

Hospital Run

Ok, so getting metal in your eye sucks. Actually it more than sucks. It's a surefire way to have your day go to complete dog nuts in under a minute. Had it happen today while I was working. Don't know exactly when it happened, but my eye started bothering me today while I was working and I knew something was in it. I went out to the truck to check, and sure enough, right on my iris was a nice little copper/brass speck.

I tried flushing it with an eyewash kit from the med kit, and anything else I could think of to get it out. It didn't budge, so I had to pack everything up and drive myself to the E.R. Couple hours later, they finally saw me and did the whole "metal in the eye" routine. I can say with certainty, that it wasn't the highlight of my day. A couple hours more, and I was finally done.

Ultimately I got lucky and it got dislodged and flushed, but not before tearing a nice little scrape across my cornea. Could've been worse, and thank God it didn't slice into and embed itself into the eye. You have no idea how happy I was when I found out they didn't have to drill it out.

Metal junk + eyeball = not so much fun

Friday, October 2, 2009

Frisco

Cool little video about Frisco style. Check out how many FXR's they're riding.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Everybody Wants Some!

I want some too! FXR's....just plain rad. Especially something like this one.



Thanks Richie!

Like a train wreck, I can't look away!!


"Have I been huffing what? Huffing paint? What? Really? Where would you get that?…….Okay yes. Yes I have. It makes the cat food taste better."

PeopleofWalmart.com

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Cold Reality

I was just sitting here thinking, and I came back to a thought that constantly crosses my mind. Basicly, the old "judging a book by it's cover" mentality. I sit at work and watch people get raises, accolades, and anything they want because they know how to work the system. If you dress the part, and tell people what they want to hear, the sky's the limit. Unfortunately, that's the way things are nowadays. Gone are the times where hard work actually meant something. What's really sad is that people have traded pride and self respect just to get ahead.

People are too afraid to stand up for themselves or to tell the truth if it doesn't benefit them. Brass balls have seemingly been sold for scrap and been replaced with a cheaper "eco friendly" plastic version.

Tattoos: Negative
Improper dress: Negative
Telling people the truth, even if it's not what they want to hear: Negative
Not catering to someone else's ego: Negative
Having conviction and standing up for what you believe in: Negative

The list goes on and on. It's an uphill battle and it seems to be getting harder and harder to fight everyday. As corporations and businesses get bigger, and the smaller privately owned companies go the way of the dodo, and good people are being phased out in favor of "corporate yes men". I use the workplace as an example, but this really isn't just work, it's everywhere. This isn't new either, it's been like this since man first evolved, but it seems to get worse and worse as time goes on.

Just something I think about quite often. Now it's time for me to go back to work and do someone else's job for them, so they can take the credit and get another raise and promotion.


Dignity: I has it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Crazy For Swayze

You are the king of cheesy action flicks that people don't want to admit they like.

Nobody puts Baby in a corner! Especially a douche like you Kanye.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Bad Motherf*cker FXR

From the Church of Choppers: (Click the pictures for the full image)




Click here for their blog post

Great Shot

Have to throw this cool pic of Billdozer from Biltwell Inc. on his FXR.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel?


Naaah.....

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ok, So Really....

I suck at updating this thing. I got loads of stuff to put on here, but I keep forgetting to do it.

Anywho, 1.5 days until I take off for my second round of the Gypsy Run. Loading up and riding out with the Captain Thursday evening. Heading to Athol, then N.H., then V.T. and on through New York state and New Jersey. Return trip from Jersey to the White Mts (?) and then home. Last year I took the ironhead and it rode like a champ. Even though I just rebuilt the whole thing and changed it around, I'm still not 100% on some of the temporary mounts for the exhaust and temp rear fender. (Waiting on pops to get the TIG set up. Right now I have no where to use it) Which leads me to take the FXR. It may not be as righteuous as some of the other bikes going, but it's still 21 years old and Hell, IT'S A FXR!! I love that hard working, kickass handling bastard and I'm looking forward to hitting some nice twisties with it.

This is mini vacation #2. I recently got back from vacation #1 about a week ago and had an absolute blast. Wish it was longer. Went to Universal Resort in Florida and got to spend the entire time with just me and the (hopefully) future missus. The only downside was the heat and humidity, and those of you that know me know how much I like heat and humidity! After a few days of acclimating to it, it really wasn't bad, but I don't want to live down there again. Visiting is good enough.

So the past week and a half, and the up coming week have been a little busy, but should die down soon along with the hot weather. I think this Fall is going to be nice and I'm looking forward to it.

Look for some upcoming vacation 1 & 2 pictures and other random stuff.

(Here's an inspirational picture of everyone's favorite Fonzi-Jesus, Kuda!)

Monday, August 10, 2009

I Stink At Updating

I need to get back to posting everyday, but I've been swamped with a bunch of randomness lately. Look mfor more bike stuff, and things I like in general soon.

For now, I leave you with this:



Saturday, July 25, 2009

Being Nice Is The Sux

Just one of those rants again. I started out today as super pissed and it's just progressed throughout the day to mega pissed, and then ultra pissed. I'm pretty much done going out of my way to help people when all I get is punched in the nuts as a thank you. You know, when all I cared about was myself, things seemed a lot easier. The more I try and do the right thing, the more it comes back to slap me in the face. People could give a dog's nut less about you as long as they get what they want. Being selfish and screwing people over seems to be the only way to get ahead. Unfortunately I'm not of those type of people, so that kind of leaves me in a peculiar position.

Either way, don't plan on getting anything from me anytime soon. Call me a dick or whatever, I'm used to it.

Thanks,

The Management

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Finally!!.... Almost

Finally got it done and on the road. Not quite finished, and still have to mount and square away the rear fender from Front St., but I wanted to get it inspected and on the road so I can get a few miles on it before the Ride to the Rainbow this weekend.

Not too bad so far.

(Thanks Bob for the pics and all the help!!)



Saturday, May 23, 2009

Had To Do It....

Just had to do it, couldn't pass it up. I mean come on, it's Sham-Wow!! Just think of the money I'll save on paper towels alone! Plus they're made in Germany, so they must be good.

Now, if I don't say "WOW" every time, I'm gonna sue Vince's prostitute beating ass for false advertising. You following me camera guy?!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Last Teaser

Last teaser pic until it's finished. Just to get an idea of what's going on. Keep in mind, that nothing in the picture is bolted tightly or really mounted. I just stuck a few things together for mock up. My seat and tailight are on loan to the Weinerschnitzel, my rear fender is among the missing, and I still need to wire and make some mounts. Overall though, this is pretty close to what it's gonna look like.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Standing On It's Own

Well, the top end is buttoned up and done and I got the bike standing on it's own tonight. I need to have someone help me drop the mill into the frame so I can finish it up (basically the starter parts/housing, genny, and pushrods), do the wiring, and clean it up (left a bunch of smudges and a couple chips in the paint that need touch up)

It'd be great if I could sometime eventually get the rear fender from Front Street so I could actually finish the bike and ride it soon. Not including the fender, I think I'm still on schedule to have this done within a week.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Today's Progress

Got almost all of the paint done, and slapped a few things together to see how it looks. So far, so good. Me likey. Have to put the frontend together and put the wheels on, then put the motor in the frame and plumb and wire everything.

Almost done....




Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hoseclamps And Hondabond

Got most of the motor back together tonight after work. Put the base gaskets down with a thin coat of Hondabond, and then set the cylinders on. Couldn't find the ring compressor that I needed and I didn't have an extra set of hands, so I used a hose clamp. Worked like a charm. I torqued the cylinders down to spec, and decided to set my manifold and heads on too. 65 ft pounds later, she's ready for the rockers and feeds. I also got the fork lowers painted. Just need to finish up the paint on the frame and then I can get it to a roller so I can drop the motor in.

Fun with Machines Richie!!


Friday, May 8, 2009

Makin' Stuff

Makin' stuff out of scrap is cool. Unless of course, you suck at it like me. Made a point cover from a piece of scrap aluminum plate in the metal scrap pile. Not bad for a first attempt. Slipped a couple times while engraving it, and there were some pretty deep pits that I couldn't sand out. I know better for next time though.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Precision? Yikes!

So, you like precision instruments? Check this out. I'm good with the small stuff, but this is waaaay beyond my scope of work. (And yes, I like watches too)

Click Here
(scroll down the link, and you get to see some cool pictures)


Friday, April 24, 2009

Interesting....

Edited for my being a partial douchenugget. I talked to the guy that actually owns this bike, and while not my thing, he seems like a pretty decent fella. Certainly seems to know what he's talking about, and he rides quite a bit. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

S&S Still Growing

Got this bit of news today. Weird, another big merger/aquisition. I guess S&S wants to eventually be your one stop shop for motorcycle products. Either that, or Crane just wasn't making any money in the motorcycle industry. S&S also aquired all Crane's automotive electronics too......


S&S Cycle
Press Release


April 23, 2009

Viola, Wisconsin. S&S Cycle announces the acquisition of certain assets of Crane Cams Inc. Those assets include the inventory, intellectual property, and trademarks for all Crane automotive and motorcycle electronic products and for Crane motorcycle valve train products. The intellectual property portion includes designs, drawings, and cam profiles. Crane automotive valve train products are not included in this acquisition. Crane Cams was founded in 1953, and like S&S Cycle, founded in 1958, it has become a respected and iconic brand in the high performance industry.

S&S intends to continue to sell Crane products through the same distributors and dealers who have sold them in the past. To that end, they will establish a new facility in Daytona Beach, Florida to manage the business and provide customer service and technical support. This new facility will be staffed by many of the same personnel that Crane customers have worked with in the past, providing as seamless a transition as possible. While there may be some shortages of product in the near future, the Crane/S&S team will be working hard to fill back orders and meet future demand for Crane ignitions and motorcycle valve train components.

Since the acquisition does not include the Crane facility or equipment, manufacturing of valve train products will be moved to the S&S manufacturing facility in Viola, Wisconsin. S&S CEO George Smith comments: “The addition of this product line is a natural fit for our current in-house cam manufacturing capabilities as our equipment and processes are state of the art. We’re also excited that the highly successful Crane motorcycle and automotive electronics line is included with this acquisition. This will further strengthen S&S Cycle in the electronics field by providing additional expertise to improve our product offerings in late model ignitions, among other things."

S&S Cycle has been a leading manufacturer of Proven Performance v-twin motorcycle components and engines for nearly 50 years. George Smith and Stanley Stankos founded the company in 1958 in Blue Island, Illinois. Shortly after the founding of S&S, George, and his wife Marjorie (whose maiden name was also Smith), bought out Stanley Stankos and Smith & Stankos became Smith & Smith (S&S). In 1969, S&S moved from Blue Island to Viola, Wisconsin and expanded to La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2004. More information can be found at www.sscycle.com).

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

For Richie

I know how much Richie likes working on 35+ year old bikes, so this one's for him.

Since I had the heads off and I had to do a rear cylinder base gasket, I thought I'd lower my pistons and take a little peeksy to see how my cylinder walls looked. I had been hoping to just pop the wrist pin circlip and pull the rear jug with the piston inside it to cheat a little and not have to do rings.

Well, I checked the front cylinder thinking everything was gonna be fine, and lo and behold, we has some light scuffing/scoring. Looks like something snuck in there and decided to leave it's mark. I probably could've gotten away with leaving it alone for now, but I decided that since I already had it down this far, a good honing and a set of rings couldn't hurt.

I pulled the jugs and myself and the Good Captain dropped them down at the local speed shop (Reids Automotive) for a little freshening up. They're the same guys that did my heads, and Jim Sr. is a cool cat to chat with. He walked myself and Bawb around the shop and let us check out all the cool machine tools. Babes in Toyland it was, ayup.

So here's where the motor stands right now. I hope to have it all back together within a week, if all goes smoothly and I get all my parts ordered up. Beauty of a sight, ain't it Richie? :)