Friday, July 31, 2009

Long Beach Swap 7/26/09

Some shots from Sunday's swap meet.

Kaptain Knievel. It would be fun to have a Sportster street tracker.

Hot Chicks?... Sexy Pipes? Proof that at least one set of these were sold.

What do you call a bike like this? Sort of a Fat Bob Dressed Chopper. You tend to see these types of bikes at swap meets. Bikes that have all kinds of little custom features and touches of creativity.

Note the kicker cover type electric starter. While I appreciate the engineering, I don't totally see the benefit of this set up. This starter system was featured on a bit ago.

Shoot'in the breeze while shopping for shovels.

That's one "S" load of shovels. And I thought they all left the country.

I overheard that this was a Von Dutch piece. Sure seems like I've seen it somewhere before. I believe it's steel. Possibly from a Beemer or Brit bike?

I'm sorry but, sometimes I get more of a kick from what's in the background of a photo. That defies gravity! No Photoshop folks. My apologies to the bike's owner, I was truly just shooting the bike.

Cool color. Hard tail stretch is a tad long for my taste.

In a sea of newness. Yet another example of an old swap meet blend bike. Bike served as an advertisement for the owners engraving skills.

Along with engraving, it makes use of bullets, horse shoes, chains, and barbed wire. It just doesn't make sense (to me), to put a great old mill in a after market frame.

I like it.

Noot will appreciate these. Trivia question: Can anybody tell me (besides Noot or Dr. Sprocket), what's special about the bags? Just some stuff I bought.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Loving It

Jeremiah came out to sell at the Long Beach Swap Meet on Sunday. It worked out very well. We met and he picked up the XL forks I posted on the blog. I was hoping someone who would put them to good use would fetch them. If you don't know of him or Love Cycles, you live under a rock. He builds some nice 60's style machines. Go see what he loves.

Monday, July 27, 2009

More Stupid Shit

This isn't quite as bad as the 4 engine 45 built for 5. After all, they only make a quarter million new Harleys each year.

It appears to say, "The Worlds Only 10 Passenger Service Motorcycle". Let's hope so.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Thing

I had seen some old pictures of this bike on some other blogs awhile ago and I was surprised to find that it's still around. It's in a feature on right now along with a new Evo version of the bike built by the original bike's builder son. It's too bad the feature is mostly focused on the newer bike. Perhaps there's plans for another feature? It also appears the Thing now has new S&S cases. Makes me wonder how much of the original is intact? Yes, I know, racing engines tend to blow up.

Warning!... there's a couple of scantily clad women blocking most views of the bike.

I just found this old shot I had saved.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dr. Sprocket Found

Those of you who read this and some notable other blogs, have probably read comments posted from the elusive Dr. Sprocket. Up until now it was believed that no photos of him existed. There had even been rumors that his image would not appear on film! After an exhaustive search by a hired P.I., this sole image was discovered.

The modest Dr. ID 'ed with an alias (not his real name), surrounded by his admirers from the CA Mens Colony/Big Bike Magazine Prison Show circa 1972. I think it was the tank top and bearing all that skin that sealed the deal.

Next, a package from the Dr. mysteriously appeared in my PO Box. It's thought that it is was intended as a bribe to not run the prison photo. Be patient, there's a ton of Top Secret images on that disc and I have to get a proper clearance from government officials before posting any of it's contents.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More Fresno's Finest '73

Most have shied away from extreme forks but you got to admit, this thing is cool. The article states that this type of bike was already becoming a minority in Fresno as the trend was moving towards tight bikes. For the record, '37 Indian forks 28" over.

The trend may have been moving towards tight but they featured several long bikes. This one has an elegance to it.

It's the '70s so it's a Tank Top, not Wife Beater.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Apollo 11

A topic of great pride and shame.

It should be a National Holiday! Here's to the smart and brave souls who once dreamed and made it possible.

Not only as Americans but, as humans, we should all be proud of this achievement of will and scientific curiosity.

On the other hand, we should be ashamed that 40 years has past and we no longer care about these types of positive scientific goals. Not to mention, the dumbing down of a society that pollutes the internet with stupid Moon landing hoax conspiracy theories.

A good site for debunking the Hoax Believers:

One of the only uplifting things on TV is NOVA Science Now, Tuesday nights on PBS. Check it out, it might give you hope.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Early 70's...

Sometimes I forget how cool it was.

Custom Chopper was probably my favorite magazine at that time.

I usually don't dig chops with stretched frames and long narrowed wide glides as much as I do on this ride. This bike is just about perfect. It was somewhat rare to run a rear 18" at that time.

Fashion was still influenced by the 60's. It was cool that they just used the guy's girl friends for models instead of the (strippers), poser models of today.

Peace signs and...

... bell bottoms.

Hopefully this post will keep M.D. from getting the blues again.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Best of Henry's St. Chopper Show, Part 4, Not a Bobber Panhead

If you've gone way back on this blog you probably know that I have a problem with the way the "B" word is thrown around these days.

Now, just because this bike has a fat 16 incher up front, that don't make it a "Bobber". For that matter, if it had a 21, tons of dudes would still be calling it one. Seems like folks think a bike needs to have at least 15" over forks to be a chopper ...No Sir!

This bike is an example of early '60's style chop that just also happens to have a fat tire in front and that's cool.

Now here's a custom that maintains a rough and tumble look.

In many ways it's a very practical street chopper.

You might have noticed the finned dishpans, carb cover, magneto, kick pedal, classic oil filter, and Bates foot pegs but, how about that foot shift linkage on the brake pedal and the pushrod keepers that are spun to the back?

Cocktails anyone? A simple sissy bar, bullet tail light and cloth wiring are all nice touches.

The early style of nearly vertical up sweeps has been absent from the custom bike scene until lately. I'm glad to see it's back. Nice vintage tuck and roll Bates seats. P-pad is being put to proper use, keeping the riders tail bone supported.

The custom handlebars (sans risers), connect to the top tree like the stock bars do. You tend see this done in Japan much more than the states. I'm a big fan of the internal throttle. Keeping the mirror off the bars helps keep them clean too. Chroming only the front of the springer was the right decision. Steering dampeners are usually missing on customs. The fat tire may be the reason to have retained it.

One last peak. The bike has a good tight stance. Frisco mounted tank, seat and pipe angle, handlebar height, and matching wheels, all contribute to the look.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ads '69

Forty Freakin Years Ago.

I saved this page from what I think was a 1969 Cycle Guide

The ads (below), are on the back

You don't see the H-D Outperformer art as often as the others.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

No Wasted Space

"You'll leave when I leave". From Smoke Out West 07

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Another Roth Sighting

The Bill Ray Life Magazine HA photos are worth a second look. Found another one with Roth.

Notice how typically Big Daddy's slacks are splattered with paint from pinstriping.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Best of Henry's St. Chopper Show, Part 3 John Edwards '52 Panhead

It would have been just too easy to start this series with this bike. Anybody who has been scanning the blogs should recognize it.

What sets this bike apart from many "newly built", traditional chops is not only the tasteful integration of vintage parts but, it seems like John is the only guy with the grit and style to employ the once common practice of molding and painting the frame and tank to match.

A good balance of paint, chrome, and polished aluminum... plus good ingredients makes for one tasty chopped stew.

Vintage Bates provides the seating. Vintage sixties up sweeps and fender are ribbed for your pleasure.

The bike features several of Randy Smith's delectable delights. Finned Dish Pans, Roth carb cover and Holy Pegs. Also, note the California stomper pedal and the seat's hinge, looks '20's -'30's vintage. St. Christopher provides traffic surfing protection.

Angled risers were more often seen on 50's bob jobs. They serve two purposes. You can run narrower bend bars but more importantly, just hack your stock bars off the top tree.

Narrow front wheel sans a brake matches the alloy out back. Headlight looks to be a vintage mini Bates. "The Man" says you gotta have a horn.

Good from any angle. Thoughtful restraint. Nothing is over done.

Truly a classic. You'll never improve on this basic form of bike.

The midget behind the helmet is your esteemed photographer/author. How'd I take this trick shot?... easy, I stole it from Blue Collar Moto blog.