Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Taking off for the Holiday so I won't be posting for awhile. Keep leaving comments and I'll post them when I can. Later!

World's Fastest Motorcycle!!

At one time. I believe the record was set in 1969. Sportser powered too. Another gift courtesy of Big Scott.

"Keep on Chuckin"

Big Scott gave me these. They came with the '70 custom dresser he had. To refresh your memory go to:


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pack Rats

Talk about a Garbage Wagon.

I remember when a rat bike was just an old bike (sometimes chopped), that was greasy and grubby with maybe a few odd pieces that were usually functional.

Now it seems it's mostly about piling on useless junk. Sorry but, I don't see what's cool about that!?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Art Imitates Life

Many of the crazy images that were put out by Roth had some basis in reality. Note the Iron Cross on the gas tank.

Dick Cook aboard "Big Daddy's" mini bike. It was said to be too big for Ed. This thing is more ridiculous than in the art.

Helmet Collector

Robert Williams with some of his collection of WWI Pickelhauben.

The Pickelhaube (plural Pickelhauben; from the old German Pickel = "point" or "pickaxe", and Haube = "bonnet", a general word for headgear) was a spiked helmet worn in the 19th and 20th centuries by German military.

As a kid, I was obsessed with these helmets. I always made sure I saw this one featured in the ending credits of Hogan's Heros. I would still like to have one.

Bronson Bikes

Next to the Easyrider bikes, the "Then Came Bronson" Sportster is probably the next most commonly imitated bike. Still, you don't see that many. I found these photos on the web (Flicker?), taken outside the H-D museum.

The third one back is a replica of the H-D Sprint used sometimes in the show for stunts.

It really wouldn't be too hard to build one. Most I've seen are not completely correct.

These two are the closest to the real thing in the bunch. They both feature a correct 21" front wheel.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What Sort of Man Reads MC ART?

An adventurous man. A free spirited man who can handle any curve life's long lonesome highway throws his way. The kind of soul that knows where to find MotorCycle entertainment that's cool to hang with.

The Sportster

...That Never Was

Where would they have fitted a generator?

The KL model was originally planned for release in the early 50's. Instead, the poor performing K model was rushed into production to fill it's gap. The high cam KL was continuously plagued by overheating problems, so the later (1954), experimental XL overhead design superseded it. At one point both the KL and XL were being tested side by side. Harley originally didn't want an overhead design based on the old flathead four cam bottom, but it worked and it's performance pretty much surprised everyone. What shouldn't be a surprise is that the XL's top end was designed by the same guy (Charley Featherly), who had done detailed work on the Knucklehead and later the Shovelhead. Since early Panheads had trouble with their aluminum heads, he stuck with iron like on Knuckles. Charley also thought that the valve covers on Pans held too much heat.

Monday, November 9, 2009

French Connection

Stephane of Versailles France sent in this photo of his 70 H-D. He didn't say but, the black wheels, forks, and the silver paint makes it look like a former police bike. I couldn't resist posting it as I have a soft spot for them done up this way, ....it doesn't hurt that I have a 70 myself.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Love Machines

A whole lot of Shag going on.

For our Friends in France

Another shot of Brigitte.

Likely from the same shoot as the previous photo, but she switched bikes with one of the guys.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

World's Fastest?

When? ..... it's a Cool Decal, anyhow.

What Sort of Woman Reads MC ART?

An out front woman. An independent gal who's not afraid to break from the pack. The kind of gal who knows where to find the kind of MotorCycle entertainment, that like her, ....is miles ahead.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Camo Stahlhelm

Modern Art?
This old WWI helmet's pattern
would be cool for an old bob job's paint. The Germans were probably the first to use camouflage. The colors makes me wonder, where were they hiding?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Credit Where It's Due

It figures. Irish Rich's blog was the place I saw the ad. I had a sneaking suspicion it might be there... and it was only posted last January. Should have double checked. The ol brains going to mush.

Bombay Buzzard

I forgot to post this photo (for the story below), I stole from Irish Rich awhile ago. It clearly shows Buzzard with the Bombay Taxi Horn. I cleaned it up and tweaked it. Sorry Rich.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Buzzard Mann Connection

Laid Back Jammin. Roth's pal Buzzard was featured in one of his "The Country's Grooviest Bike People" Posters. Note the antique bulb horn on the left side pullbacks. Was he the first to build six-bends? This bike is Bitchin! and there's a good reason this shot looks like a David Mann painting.

Buzzard in a early Choppers Magazine Wheelie Prones ad. It's a somewhat confusing ad for risers and slugs. Extending and trimming wide glide trees and legs seemed to be his specialty. He had also placed a few ads in the Beg Borrow and Steal classified section promoting these services. Buzzard later wrote an article on the subject for the Nov. '68 issue.

David Mann circa 1969. I remember seeing one of those ads stating that Buzzard was selling his bike since he was off to the "Joint", but can't find it. I also read somewhere that David Mann was the guy that bought it. For the longest time I didn't put the two together. Dave lost the front brake.

Dave and the bike in 1970. Now painted black featuring an SU carb, drag pipes, longer forks, and Finned Dish Pans.

Here you can clearly see a large brass horn mounted on the bars.

Art imitates life. Dave even used the bike as inspiration for this later Easyriders center spread art. The six-bend pullbacks, unique high pipes, and fork boots give it away. Note the entry info taped to pillar.

Later, when it was featured in Choppers Magazine Aug. '73 it sported a 20" over D&D springer and frame. This article never mentions that the bike was once owned by Buzzard. It does mention him as his friend and the builder of the Ankh sissy bar and pullbacks. I believe this sissy bar was on the bike when Buzzard owned it, but the additional side supports are not in the top photo. The article states the brass horn as being from a Bombay Taxi and questions how Dave acquired it. It also states that since the shoot, Dave had gone back to the original H-D frame and wide glide. What really puzzles me, I don't recall Easyriders ever doing a feature on Dave's bike?


This familiar shot was recently posted on The Shame of it All blog. It shows a different horn on the bars. The top Buzzard photos look to be the larger Bombay Taxi horn.

This Month's Header

The photo for this month's header was the second post on the blog and was posted before I knew I'd be doing a monthly masthead. I felt it's just too good not to use this way, plus some of you may never have gone back that far to see it.

That's me on the left. Greg's mom took the photo in their backyard. For more on it, click this: Some History We really need to recreate this photo again.