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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Here are some nice pictures of Fonda's panhead, Joint's Pan, as well as Dear John's / Henry of the Ironhorsemen's Knucklehead taken from: http://www.imcdb.org/movie_61189-The-Wild-Angels.html (A great side to look for bikes in movies I might add!)
I was pretty fascinated with the Bell 500-TX helmet so I did some more digging and with Tjebbe's help from ZZ-Chop I located this great helmet book! (Check out the original post if you're interested as well as for an advertisement showing the rare visor above): http://nostalgiaonwheels.blogspot.com/2009/06/bell-500-tx-helmet-is-worth-its-weight.html)
Apparently Rin Tanaka's book entitled "The Motorcycle Helmet" dates this Bell 500-TX helmet to around 1957-1958, making it one of the earliest know examples. The marbled visor was made by Cragar and is evidently mega rare as well!
First Snell logo bears no serial numbers apparently!
This one is most likely a 1958-1959 version!
Early liner is supposedly all white!
Front waterslide decal looks the same on both late 50s models!
The later 50s example shown here with the serial numbers!
The 1965 version with the metallic silver Bell sticker up front!
Even the interior styrofoam colors change with the versions!
An up close and personal with the silver metallic mid-60s Bell logo!
Liner details from Yoshi's 1969 catalog. For the late 60s 500-TX examples see the earlier post! (all information shown here was taken from Rin Tanaka's great book, "The Motorcycle Helmet" 1930s - 1990s!
Monday, June 29, 2009
I'm not too keen on the Chevy powered bike at left but the knuckle on the right is pretty darn cool. I believe I have a better picture of this bike from an earlier post so when I find the link I'll add it here for quick reference! (photo comes from an early 1960s Rod & Custom Magazine)
Sunday, June 28, 2009
It is official as Gabe's panhead is finished and he is currently in route to New York where he will embark on a six month voyage aboard the Bounty. Wish him luck and follow his swashbuckling adventures at: http://oneyearbeforethemast.blogspot.com
Friday, June 26, 2009
This has got to be one of my favorite early movie stills showing customized triumphs. I'm guessing the nacelled bike belongs to the guy who attacks with the pipe wrench as pictured in the movie poster below!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I think the second rider back with the headband is Gary Littlejohn but I could be mistaken!
Theres a pretty cool looking panhead at center!
Littlejohn's "Cinderella Cart" must be somewhere way back there in the ranks but I can't see it!
It looks like dual Linkerts and machined lucite pegs and shifter on this highly chromed panhead!
This overhead cam conversion pre-unit looks amazing down to the cool Everoak Racemaster looking helmet hanging over the bars!
Check out the wild paint on this little buggers tank and helmet. I can't tell if these are BSAs or Triumphs from the angle but appear to be unit dirt trackers! (all pictures from the same 1965 Motorcycle book as below!)
Mark Anthony, this guy has your exact same speedway seat!
Slidin' the turns 30s style!
Those Flxi side cars look like a blast on the peashooter racers!
Injuns awaiting the boards!
Upside down smokescreen! Spyhunter in the early teens! (all photos from the 1965 Treasury of Motorcycles of the World book!)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I just received my Love Cycles t-shirt in the mail today and it fits like a glove and a few stickers were thrown in as well! Jeremiah has some really cool bird deflectors for sale he just had cast up, two styles and only making 20 of each, so contact him if interested or if you're looking the right person to build your custom knuckle, pan, or shovel at http://www.lovecycles.blogspot.com !
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This knucklehead is absolutely flawless winner. Check out Jason's spectacular creation at Street Chopper HERE !
This bike is so cool and most of the parts were hand fabricated by the Owner according to the 1963 article from Hot Rod Magazine!