Saturday, July 31, 2010

Random Radness

More good stuff from July 71 Choppers Magazine

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday's Funnies, Peanuts Gone Wild

Never mind the caption, I wonder if the art is authentic? Probably not.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

LA Calendar Show Follow Up Report

Keith Ball of took over a whole corner of vendor space near the entrance and invited a motley crew of individuals (myself included), to hang out and display their goods.

The shows attendance and participation was far less than prior years. Several factors may have been at work. Is it the economy, the $25 at the gate plus (I heard), the Queen Mary hotel charged $12 for day parking, or that the Mooneyes show and a charity ride were two other events on the same day?

I really couldn't roam and take pictures as I had to monitor my art sales but did get out once later in the day.

Keith brought out three bikes. His Assalt Weapan was right up front and gathered a lot of positive attention. One of those who checked it out was Chip Foose. As Ed Grimly would say: "He seemed to be a decent enough guy... I must say". I had a hand in the Assalt Weapan's preliminary design... but that's a story for another time.

I was hocking some prints and a few originals. Some of these are available in my Gallery/Store or by contacting me. You can always show your support for this blog with a purchase.

This was the first time I saw Keith's 1915 Five Ball Factory Racer since it's completion. Behind the bike, (more Bikernet friends), Jim Murillo (custom paint), and Yvonne Meciallis (airbrush artist), shared a booth.

My concept art for comparison.

Custom Cycle Engineering had this Pan showing off parts. Sorry about the poor photo quality but it was one of the few bikes closer to my tastes.

One crazy engraved lowrider bagger. Maybe it's because I live in a cave, but I've never seen a Twin Cam with these old style bolt down cylinders.

These ladies were enjoying the bling of this hot rodded bagger and the blue one above. I heard one say something like, "if I won the lottery"....

Reminiscent of The Terminator. Now I'm not a fan of modern choppers and especially theme bikes, but the jury is out on this one. My first thought was it's dumb, then I thought it's bitchen, then dumb, and so on. I would surely like it if I was still a kid. Probably scares the hell out of old ladies.

This unique trike won 1st place in the pro build class. The 45 magnum is a fairly rare engine to see. It was bit late in the day, but you can see it was pretty vacant of bikes and people compared to other years.

I mostly like the old school elements of the frame engine and running gear.

Best of show went to another unique bike. Sort of looks like an airplane landed on top of a bicycle or maybe something on the cover of an old Popular Mechanics. The exhaust go up the frame's seat post tube and out the grill in the tail piece.

Of course these kinds of shenanigans were going on all day.

Earl of Cycle Art by Earl (San Pedro), saddles up at the end of the day. He was one of the guys hanging with the Bikernet crew. I've bumped into him over the years, but this was the first time I really talked with him. He's a nice guy and builds some nice bikes and parts. Look him up for your custom Triumph & BSA needs. (310) 218-2979 0r

Are the glory days of this show kaput? It appeared there were large gaps in most of the classes with only 3 or 4 bikes in each. It made me wonder if they will do it again next year. To make matters worse, I 'm guessing some of this years vendors and builders may not come back if they do.

Lack of Posts

For the about the last week I've had a stiff neck and a shoulder ache that's made it very uncomfortable to sit in front of the computer for any length of time. I have no idea what brought it on. Bad posture at the computer or during sleep? I'm much better now and will be posting again. Getting old sucks!

These old drawings somehow seemed appropriate.

Who the hell knows what's going on inside? circa 1974.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

LA Calendar Show

If all goes according to plan, I'll be at the booth on Sunday. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

No Stockers or Fat Broads Please

Good Issue IV. More from CM July 71

Pretty funny stuff. An attempt to look tough just makes her look Sour. This bike was in the first issue of Big Bike and it appears to be from the same photo shoot .

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Venice Vintage MC Show

On Sunday I cruised on up to Venice to check out the show. I got there late (around 2 p.m.), it was probably peaking as I could hardly make my way through the crowded street.

The group was really mixed. There were Honda's, Indians, Harleys, Beemers, and British bikes, though not as many nice Brits as I would have expected. Since it was filtering out fairly fast, things could have been different earlier.

This old Scout was an attention getter.

Rust never sleeps.

Memory says 1910

Definitely not vintage. An amazing example of what you can build and still legally register as a motorcycle. It follows the theme of Roth's original V-8 trike intentions, build a Dragster for the street.

A few of the judged entries.

A flashy '72.

Hardcore. Bikes tend to say something about their owners.

A group from the Garage Co.

Another nice Scout.

This kid's face says it all!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Good Issue III Choppers in Action

More coolness from Choppers Magazine July 71

Does anyone use the term "Putt" anymore? The group of Dresser riders in the background seem amused.

Poking fun. Apes were considered old fashion by this time. No mention that it's Tiny

Cool bike. I really wouldn't consider it that conservative. This guy looks familiar. Shot in front of Roth studios.

The shovel at the top is just about perfect. Forks are little long for today but right in style then. The bottom left photo was used on the cover of the Nov. '69 Choppers Magazine. Bottom right, I don't recognize the bike, but it kind of looks like Dick Allen. He did once run a girder and a chrome frame.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Captain Knucklehead

While looking for something completely unrelated, I stumbled upon this photo today. Seemed appropriate. Have a Good Holiday!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

This Month's Header

Whenever the question comes up, why ride a motorcycle?, many answer, Freedom. Now, that can be debated, but within some fairly practical limitations you are free to ride the bike of your choice. As a matter of fact, in today's world of mass management, I'm almost surprised a motorcycle is a legal choice of transportation at all. It's even more surprising that it's still legal to build a wild contraption yourself.

The bikes above are from the 4 categories you'll most likely see on this blog. Antiques, Dressers, Bob Jobs, and Choppers. It's all about Choice... your perfectly Free to chose other styles or makes.

Happy Birthday Nation!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

BF2 Part 1.3 Born-O-Rama

I don't know if your tired of seeing stuff from Born-Free 2, but here's the staff's point of view.

A Good Issue II "A Real Colorado Chopper"

A crushed velvet seat and fender with a Nazi helmet tank! Extended forks?... why not e x t e n d e d swing arms?

From the July 71 CM shown below.