Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pillion Power

My youngest son (the only kid I have that was truly stricken with the Gearhead gene) has really been pressuring me to set one of my bikes up to carry a passenger. He's been telling anyone who will listen that I am going to build my current in-progress project with pegs and a pillion. As the project is organically developing I'm not so sure...

That said, how wacky is it that this photo may have convinced me to add a pillion to my restored '51? Well, on the rear fender anyway.

Show Class Magazine Issue #22 Release Party

The date and location of the Show Class Issue #22 release party has been officially announced. I didn't initially realize the party was going to be in Portland but the location looks really cool. This is the issue Olivia will be in so she and I are planning to make the trip down there. Last I heard 8 of the bikes featured in issue #22 will be on-site. It should be pretty cool.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mrs Motorcycle

Let's face it, being completely motorcycle obsessed can be stressful on relationships. Many of the guys I know that are really obsessive vintage motorcycle builders or collectors are bachelors or divorced. Both Flathead Rob and I are extremely lucky to be married to amazing women that are incredibly tolerant and supportive of our motorcycle bullshit.

I escape in motorcycles, my mind is lost in old motorcycles almost more than I am comfortable admitting. Building or restoring a motorcycle is a huge time and money commitment. Obviously having a family is an enormous resource commitment (mind you, I'm not complaining. Don't dare tell them but my wife & kids mean way more to me than motorcycles). Money is often tight so I readily substitute my shop time for money (i.e. I do everything myself even if it increases time expense exponentially).

Thanks Mrs. Bitmonkey for supporting my ridiculous hobby (and generally putting up with all my crap). I'm so lucky and thrilled to have you in my life. The same goes for Mrs. Flathead who has done innumerable and incredibly generous things to support my motorcycle addiction over the years. More importantly SHE puts up with all my big brother's motorcycle related BS and supports him enormously in every other way. THANKS!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ran When Parked

1947 Indian Chief - There is no bike I love to see more in crusty original condition than a 40's Indian. I think it's because the vast majority of restored Indians you see are so over done and just dripping with chrome do-dads.

Miss Desert Sled

I spotted this photo on Geordie Biker. You just don't see enough old Triumph desert sleds or young ladies riding them. This photo looks like it may have come from a Dirt Quake event or something similar. If you ever have the opportunity to check one out, definitely do so. Pure kid-like motorcycle fun.

Putt Mossman Video

I've posted some Putt Mossman content before. I saw this video and knew I'd have to post it too.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ladie's Stunt & Drill Performance

I stumbled across this photo for the first time recently. Despite a far amount of hunting I wasn't able to find much detail about the photo. One site captioned the photo as "Lexington Police Motorcycle Display." Anyone know anything more specific about the riders or team they performed with?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Vincent Brampton Forks

I had a brief conversation with an old friend "Indian Mike" Breeding recently. Mike has been focusing a lot of his energy on Vincent parts over the last few years. He passed along a photo of his recreation Brampton forks. Stunning.

He said the following about them:
I've been working on my Mark 2 versions of the Brampton Forks. These are turning out nicely. I made 3 each Mark 1's  2 years ago.
The black fork on the far left is a recent retube of original castings from England using OEM type 1/16" wall tubing.
The one next to it is my retube using original castings, 1/8" wall tubing.
The next 4 are completely new with my 1/8" wall tubing. 9 more are on the way.
I make the rest of the Brampton fork parts, as well.
A great deal of work and time consuming.
I can  truly appreciate just how much work these puppies are. Beautiful job. Mike is building flawless girder forks at a faster rate than some of the folks that claim it as a specialty.
Mike was incredibly generous enough to let me ride his Vincent Black Shadow a few years ago. I got off of it thinking a Vincent might well just be worth the asking price. Incidentally, letting a completely vintage motorcycle obsessed guy ride a Vincent is a little like letting a regular person try crack cocaine. So Mike has the Bramptons.  Now I just need every other part for a series I Rapide...

Sunday, November 9, 2014


This is the first ad or catalog listing I've ever seen for a Fillcoolator.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ran When Parked

1955 Triumph Salt Flats Racer - Pretty cool. The listing says the owner is in Santa Fe New Mexico. How do I not know this guy?

This is the first time I've ever seen one of these Franz & Grubb name plates. Awesome

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ran When Installed

Not cheap but in my admittedly bias opinion it is perhaps the most beautiful Triumph engine ever built:

Totally rebuilt close-finned all alloy 1951 Triumph TR5 engine (500cc), mount plates, with 1959 transmission. Ready to drop into a pre-unit swing-arm frame, add oil and start!
This engine has been totally disassembled, cleaned and inspected before re-assembly, any parts that were worn or out of spec have been replaced with new.

New Parts, Engine:
Valve Springs
Valves - Intake & Exhaust
Valve Guides
Head Gasket
Pistons +.020, Standard 7.0:1 Compression
Piston Rings
Wrist Pin Bushings
Cam Bushings
Main Bearing - Drive Side
Main Bearing - Timing Side
All Engine Gaskets
Tappets - Re-Ground
Valve Seats Re-Ground, Hand Lapped

New Parts, Transmission:
High Gear Bearing
Lay Shaft Bearing
Barnett Clutch Complete, Metal and Friction Plates
Primary Chain
Kick Start & Shift Lever Rubbers

Polished Aluminum Parts:
Rocker Box Caps
Rocker Boxes
Timing Cover
Inner & Outer Primary Chain Case
Inner & Outer Transmission Covers

Re-Chromed Parts:
Intake & Exhaust Push Rod Tubes
Kick Start Lever & Pedal
Shift Lever

All original hardware re-plated and used where ever possible. NOS hardware used where available. Re-manufactured hardware used where necessary.

Mount Plates have been cleaned, bead-blasted and powder coated gloss black. Includes all new mounting studs, washers and nuts.

Magneto has been disassembled, cleaned, checked, lubed and re-assembled per spec. It fires a hot blue spark. New metal core plug wires and caps. Ignition timing has been set per spec.

Valve lash has been set per spec.
There is no oil in the engine or transmission except that used in the assembly process, you must ad proper oil before starting!!! 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Albuquerque Motocross

Shameless lifted from my friend Wes' Facebook page. I practically lived at the Motocross & Enduro shop for several years.