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Thursday, April 30, 2009
This BSA as featured in a late 1960s Cycle Guide is bizarre, yet amazing. Those bars look so uncomfortable yet are very intriguing to the eye. There's a color shot of this bike from an earlier post and if you type in "Rebel Rousers" in the search box it should come up!
I was just looking on the Street Chopper website to find out more about the 40th Anniversay issue when I came across this featured interview. I'm not sure how recent it is or if it corresponds to an exact printed issue with the same story but its pretty cool and has some nice photos (Check out the Roth original Oakland "Animal" poster in the background! Very neat!):
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I was looking through a couple of early 1968 Cycle Guides and came across this Ed Roth Choppers ad with a different cover shot of Ed Fuller and his Triumph. I'm not sure if this was a test cover that didn't make it but I love that bike and wish it were featured in another magazine as well as there are only a few shots in Roth's first issue (type in "Ed Fuller's Pre-unit" in the search box for to see the original 1967 Choppers Magazine article). On a side note, check out the listing on the giant wall posters above Greycat as they're going for $1.49 each. As you probably know, those posters are extremely difficult to find and sell in the $150 - $350 range depending on the person / cycle featured!
I had no idea this event was going on as I'm alway out-of-the loop on these gatherings but its got to be a worthy venture for the 40th Anniversay Issue. Lets see, there's J. Edwards, followed by Jose, then Drews, Danny to the left, M. Davis to the right, Harpoon at back left, and Grant at back middle. Nice line-up! Thanks to Street Chopper for emailing over this great cover shot!
Turkey's band is playing again and this time at the Avalon on Sunday. Come and check these guys out as they're a great surf-punk outfit! Who knows as the Turk may even show up on his new '48 Pan/Shovel! (According to Gabe the Black Lips are playing across the street at the Detroit Bar the same evening so you can catch both bands.)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I believe the second post on Nostalgia was on Joe Alphabet's insane panhead! This article however is a few years earlier, from a late 60s Cycle Guide. Can you imagine this bike tearing down the street with those high rippled smokestack pipes and that in-your-face sissybar? The stance is low and ruling as well on this gem! Paint by Dean Lanza, owner of the Quicksilver (search "Quicksilver" if you are unfamilar with Lanza's mindboggling show machine!)
Monday, April 27, 2009
If you've followed earlier postings you might recognize this unmistakeable show stopper, type in "reach for the sky seat" in the search box, by its fantastic seat and its trailer alongside. The earlier version had a more mild seat with mohair underneath. Article is from a late 60s Cycle Guide and rumor has it this bike sold for $10,000 about a decade ago at the Long Beach Vets Stadium Motorcycle Swap!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
First we have a nice 1947 Knucklehead with some cool molding on the lower portion of the frame downtubes! The other knuckle in the black and white photo has quite a unique oil tank. See if you can identify it? Thanks to Dennis for letting me photograph out of the show program!
Here are some pictures of the molded tank, near finished pipes, brake set-up, p-pad, and the Bates diamond footpegs as well one of me on the machine (snapped by Dennis). All current work is being done by John @ Banzai Machine so I deserve none of the credit--I'm just giving him the ideas!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
My friend's "1930's classic" clothing company has just become a reality. If you like these American-made garments and wish to show Victor support by passing on the word please have him link your M/C blog to the lifestyles page or email the website (still in its construction phase) to your friends! (garments only to be sold domestically at present time) http://the1939clothier.com/about.html
Thanks alot, Stretch!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
From a 1958 Teen Magazine entitled "Dig" comes this wonderful Knucklehead custom. There isn't much useful text in the article but the stuff that counts reads as follows: "Bill has done virtually everything there is to be done to his 80" stroker. Every last piece has been chromed with the exception of the frame. He installed metalized cylinders, risers, and a K-R saddle. He's had the gas tank striped and flamed a green, white, and gold by Von Dutch. Bill has never taken the "bike" to the drags but its estimated the beautiful machine would crack the 90's." The foot pedal intrigues me as it looks like a Lee / Bates variety (actually a Speed-e-Shift, thanks Epinut for the ID) but the shape is throwing me off. Risers may be the rare Max-kicked-in Flanders variety as well. A neat custom by any measure!
Unfortunately no information was given on this pre-unit rigid custom but its very tidy and has a cool accessory kickstand with wide u-shaped Flanders risers. Dig on both these bikes won't you?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I had originally planned on keeping this bike undercover until completion but since a few other guys are sharing what they have to offer, I think its only fair that I post some pictures of my project. I can't say that any one part on this bike is beyond rare but the original cast racing rear section that lengthens the cycle 3" and lowers it by 2" (note the straight line running down the top tube which generally kicks down at the original rigid section connection) was my one best find and sold to me by a nice guy on the Jockey Journal. Other notable parts include 4" original ripple pipe sections mated to aftermarket 6T pipes and Superior racing cones, and a 1960 Bonneville Head going to finned extension ports with 389 & 689 Amals. Rear fender has been radius cut, all motor mounts and brake pedal are race drilled, narrow HD springer is the same as on Vern's Triumph with reversed heads but aftermarket scissor ride control has been added, screw-in flanders risers, wassell tank with molding (pictures to come soon), bates show white with black diamond seat and white leather p-pad (to come), and tiger cub brake on 21" Borrani (see earlier post) to replace the spooled Borrani up front. Rear wheel is a WM-2 x 19 Dunlop with NOS Avon GP Tire. More pictures to come as bike progresses! (Thanks to John of Banzai Machine, Rodney Aguiar, Mark Drews, Gabe Griffin, Pokey Kennedy, Chris Wiggins, and Dr. John's for the nice fabrication work to date!)
Monday, April 20, 2009
How wild and crazy is this triumph street custom from 1963? That Avon Racing tire must have been a Speedmaster predecessor! The pipes are about as out-of-control as the casket maker's smile! (article from a early 60s Car Craft Magazine)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I've always been intrigued by the old Monster airbrushed t-shirts and the fact this one is screened on is super cool!
These two photos above through me off a bit as I had thought this car had always been called the Outlaw, unless it was the Excalibur and changed to the Outlaw for the Revell model kit. If anybody knows the real story please feel free to post the facts! (all pictures from the 1959 Griffith Borgenson Hot Rods Book)
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