Back in 1989 when I was fresh out of college, partyin' all the time - rough shape I was. My dad ran a HD custom shop and this '79 came in, wrecked with a busted case. He said if I'd quit spending my money on all this party crap - I could get a bike. He was right. So I bought it for $600 and we took a newer '82 case half (with Hitachi starter) and mated it to the older '79 case half. I painted and polished everything, 2 into 1 header, Mikuni smooth bore, Superglide tank, Pirelli's - she was kinda quick. A former owner gave me a photo of it the other day. (I never really had a good one) When I rode it down the street for the 1st time - you never forgot the pride you feel when you did it yourself.
Finally got the "ok" to bring my chevy in to get the side-swipe fixed on the driver's side. The door is creased a little . . . it makes my stomach hurt thinkin' about it. I can only look at this side. Of coarse, my body man looks at it and says - "No problem, we'll get it fixed - just be calm - everything will be alright." Whew. I feel better now.
I know - many of you wouldn't give .02 for this shit. But, I need it for a project - not really of my choosing. The oil bag is cherry (not a dent) - Dry plates? Hey, I got 4 bikes that use 'em. Tranny gears & shafts are all HD and perfect. The best deal was the Fubar pipes. They sound like crap, but look cool . . . and these don't have the ugly channels & t-nuts. How about the flawless Guide headlight?!?!? Next stop - the AMCA Meet in Fremont, NE - Support your local swap meets !
I had to letter a barstool racer yesterday. I was stumped for a simple lettering style - but, never fear - I busted out my handy lettering guide Bob Spina made for me. I didn't have my camera, but you've got to believe me - The "Brigg's Bar Hopp'r" with the "Big 5 Horser " turned out way way cool.
I tossed in an old Spina photo from back in the day for your viewing pleasure . . .
Those dudes from Brat in Japan can really build a cool lil' bike. They really dig Yammy XTs and SRs . . . and it gives you an idea of what can be done with singles. If you don't have the cash for a Harley (or a Crocker) - don't worry. Go Brat-Style. Hey, they ain't slow either. We rode them on the ice here in Iowa for years. A 500cc single with high comp piston, big valves, cam, flat slide and pipe can "get it on" if you know what I mean? You ever seen 'em on the dirt? They're fast !
Way cool bar in Cologne, Minnesota. Stopped by last Saturday. Ice cold PBR in bottles was fresh. Pool, darts, roulette wheel . . . nice place. Hey, the Ghost Rider painting on the building made it worthwhile for a stop. Don't know where Inntown #1 is . . .? This 'burg has a neat little lake in the center of town that the highway goes around. We'll be back in the summer.
When you work a full time job, then get off work to either shovel snow, feed the cat, do some laundry, etc . . then work on bikes ! It's a wonder a guy can get anything done? Anyway - cylinders are on for good. Pinstriped the frame a little. Mounted the rear tire (with tire irons). It sure is nice to have a heated place to work.