Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sliced & Diced

XR Peg Mount (pipes on the left)

Lil Joe send me a text . . .

Lil' Joe is currently waiting at the DMV, Department of Motor Vehicles in Las Vegas.  Everyday, there are so many immigrants applying for a US driver's license . . . you have to take a number and wait for them to call you.  His number today is 357.  They are at 249 right now.  Outside are about 1000 people around the building in various locations.  About 98% are hispanic (which now is the majority in Vegas).  It's crazy.  That's a lot of new drivers, racing around Vegas in their cars, texting, jammin' on tunes . . .  Look Out !
. . . that's about 70,000 new licenses in Vegas since Jan. 1st.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

" that Parker . . . he's a charger." (quote)

1. Stretch out, knee bends, drink liquids . . 
2. Get on your leathers, pants, jacket . . .
3. Boots . . .
4. Helmet & gloves . . .
5. Get some race gas or booster
6. Warm up your motor . . 
7.  Get an Attitude - Get On It . . .
8.  Get Aggressive - Ride Hard
9. Ride Smart
10. Repeat

Monday, April 14, 2014

. . . a few more Donnie show pics

A good time to hook-up with 
Minnesota crew for a day . . .


Food Selfie

Risotto with baked asparagus with olive oil and indian naan bread

Youth is King

At the Donnie Smith Show last month, I talked with this young man about how cool it would be to own this Montessa trials bike.  Trails bikes usually don't get too beat up, (due to low speeds) . . . and this one was pretty flawless.  A kid with a dirt bike is about as American as it gets . . . Made in Spain.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Orange & Black

 . . . with No Brakes
The AMA brought rear brakes into the scene around 1972, which according to many long-time pros "ruined the sport of flat track" by grooving up the surface, changing race lines and tearing up tires and equipment.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Offensive T-Shirts

These shirts I've worn have initiated various responses from people . . . good & not so good.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mert's Iron XR

Mert was gonna make that thing(waffle iron) run . . . and hold together, if it was the last thing he would do.  Mert's innovations for performance and strength with inferior equipment changed the game for motorcycle flat track racing in the early 1970s.  Regardless, it was still a fast and well handling race bike.  Oil cooler, dual carbs, trick frame geometry, Lawwill's own ignition systems, and cam profiles.

Places with aura . . .

I'm one of those people who will travel far reaches to see places with a certain spirit about them . . . to feel the aura . . . and to say I was there.  Places from movies, civil war battlefields, places Steve McQueen stood, Chichen Itza, Weeki Wachee, Little Big Horn, Jerome, AZ, Wanblee, SD . . . The question is: Should I go all the way to California for Randy's Donuts ?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fresh built Pan for a Workin' Man

Wrist Pin Clips

I prefer the "wind-up" style clips . . . when installed correctly, they don't come out.  Always make sure you have a flat-end style wrist pin.  The end of the pin should be flat against the face of the clip.  verify that both edges of the clip are secure in the piston groove.  Due to age, I now use my new no-line bifocals and a lighted magnifier to make sure it's a go.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Morty: 2 hours ago . . . Friday, April 4th

 We get a dusting of snow last night (sucks) . . . and Morty ain't happy.  His water has been frozen too many times this year, and he's thirsty.  I open the door, he comes in . . . takes a swipe at me - and leaps into the sink.  We've had our water dripping the last 2 months to avoid frozen pipes, which we've never had.  Anyway, I go to grab him out of the sink - and he growls at me.  He drinks water for about 5 minutes, takes a bath . . . and we're friends again !    
Morty:  The Official Shop Cat.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

52 K Model

The Stabil worked - started right up, only fouled 1 plug - Cool !

K-T Buffer ( it's buffed lots of parts over the years )

I cut a "fire groove" and polished up my Sportster pistons.  Supposedly, it helps create an improved fuel burn.  So, when I'm on the box (3rd place), you're back at the trailer. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Roger Reiman

Miles, Half Miles, TTs, Road Racing . . . Reiman did it all.  He had his own H-D dealership and Evel Kneivel turned to Roger to make his bikes safe and fast.  Roger was the "track coordinator" at many AMA nationals, riding his high-pipe Sportster to check the track.  A true American Classic . . . and he's always smiling.

Possible Flame Design ?

I kinda like Finlan's style. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

-60 Part Number Aluminum Rims

I bought very rough set of wheels.  18" rear, 19" front with 1/2 brake.  Disassembled the rusty mess.  Straighten'd out the front rim (the best I could).  Both rims were wet sanded and buffed.  Hubs were blasted, washed, powder coated, fitted with new greased bearings and assembled.  Spokes and nuts were acid washed (in my special recipe solution), rinsed, wired together in a string and cadmium plated.  Ready for assembly with correct offset, etc. (Now I have to think !) They make the sweetest set of wheels Harley ever had . . .Mr. Borrani would be proud.

An FLH . . .Traditional Build

My friend is building an FLH.  The motorcycle was cashed in when he got it.  He owned one and rode the wind for many years . . . he then fell on some hard times.  Was away for many years . . . Now, in the fad of all these customs, choppers, flake paint and disco shit . . . he just wants that ol' FL again.  An 80 incher.   Rattlecan laid down some black basecoat, smoothed out the tin - we'll wet sand it - and pull a traditional flame job.  Bury it with clearcoat and buff to a high luster.  On the road again.  In the wind . . .  again.  Soon.

1975 Bell Star II - A Restored Historical Helmet

I completed the restoration of my full-face Bell - complete with NOS tint shield (with tear-off posts).  I cleaned and added new foam (so it grips your scalp) again . . . and Watermelon Pete commemorated the occasion with a gift.  A totally retro digital dash clock !  

A Racer ! Jim Boland - Fort Dodge, Iowa

He stripped his panhead of un-needed parts.  You can see, Jimmy had "his shit together" with his machine built for speed and agility.  Knobby and tin fender.  A proud member of the club . . . and well respected among his peers.  From: The Iowan Magazine.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Race People Are Cool . . .

I bought some parts from Scott & Eleanor Guthrie (talked to Ellen) today.  Real nice lady who knows all about race motorcycles.  Scott held numerous Bonneville records over the years.  Top photo shows his '57 XL at 140mph+ back in the very early 1970s. 

Bottom: The specially equipped Race Van !