These dudes know what I like . . .
Check out the SUPERBIKEPLANET for the latest news and insight from the road racing world, and a slice of vintage historical flashback to keep you reminded of where it all started.  There's a very nice write up(interview) with Kenny Roberts on the loss of Nicky Hayden.  See their Twitter for an inside scoop on Moto GP . . . and what's happening in the racing world.  They've got some supercool prints available for your shop too . . . Thanks fella - Catch up with you someday. 
Respectfully,  -Noot
Aluminum XRTTs (possibly a testing session) in Talladega, Alabama (cir. late 1971?)  All prints are very suitable for framing . . . I'm thinkin' a rustic barn wood possibly on this one?

Cal's Favorite Beverage . . . (photo by: Danny Lyon)

I've been lookin' for years in antique stores and flea markets, and finally found me a bottle.  Just like Cal and The Chicago Outlaws LIKE to drink.  Make sure you go see the Misfits Exhibit at the Rockford Art Center in Rockford, Illinois (goin' on now).  Hartman and Allen put a lot of work into promotion for this event . . . and from what I've seen in photos, it's funkin' rad.  I think I'll go on the night of the next live music and check out the scene . . . The exhibit has photos from Danny Lyon and all kinds of cool.

Harley-Davidson Instructions

For PB Series camshafts in early Sportster XLCH and XLH

Puzzle Pieces . . .

That's what I call 'em.  The last things you need to get something done.  This fuel line could have been made, but I bought it to support quality after-market parts.  I'll cut the carb end, add a 1" stub of 5/16" ID fuel line - connect to a FRAM G3515 filter, add another 5/16" ID stub . . . and connect to my S&S Super E swivel fuel inlet.  Add a qt. of H-D 10-40 and let gravity feed to the pump, expelling air and bubbles overnite . . . add fuel, check for leaks, and start kicking !  This is a final puzzle piece.

More Puzzle Pieces . . . These stock exhaust valves for the Baas KH were kinda heavy and square lookin' . . . so I had Randy spin a bit off the heads to improve flow and finish 'em up.  Hey, every little bit helps ! 

Trip to Spina's . . .

I flew to Vegas last week, rented a Beetle and drove to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park to hike the great wilderness Mother Nature has granted us.  It was an incredible trip to say the least, but this is a blog based on cool, mechanical shit . . . so I stopped at my good friend Bob Spina's shop in Las Vegas.  The Welcome Sign reads . . . "NO"
Bike Nite at Mr D's Bar was a blurr. . . . the band was cool.  Of coarse Uncle Bob knew everybody and introduced me to some cool cats . . . then back to the shop.
Spina's been around a few years.  He's pretty much the last man standing for the custom painters you read about.  Well, him and Bobbo.

Bob has never been one to dwell "on the past" and he's always more driven to talk about the future of paint, performance and the latest ways to paint.  It's actually kind of hard to find pictures from his early days - but, here's a few for your viewing pleasure !
He did show me his latest gadget THE "FLAKE-O-MATIC - "This thing will help you flake like-a-mother-fucker Noot" . . . all the flake just shoots out and lines up perfect. 
It was great to see Bob again, it had been since Sturgis 2016, and we always have a good laugh.  Me and Bob always kinda clicked, and I miss him all the time when I think of all the good times we've had . . . Hope to see ya soon Uncle Bob - Respectfully,  The Noot's in Iowa.

Noot's 54FL

All I need is my fuel line from my buddy Cass . . . Thanks to deluxehdrestorations (see Ebay) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the variety of USA-Made parts when I needed it . . .

The old Harley parts fit.  Period.  The factory had remarkable quality control.  You can buy a worn, original Harley part and it usually always fits - almost perfect.  No mods necessary.  This motorcycle was a complete mess, and broken parts were almost always replaced with oem parts.  The few things I needed (new or otherwise) were usually purchased direct (or from a friend) from deluxehdrestorations.

Waffle Iron ?

Bart Markel raced this one . . .
The same owner has an XR of Rex Beauchamp's too.
Every race bike has a history.

The End of "The Build"

I see a lot of shit cobbled on motorcycles.  Especially custom-built bikes.  It's easy to start nearing-the-end of the build, and corner cutting begins to get this thing goin'.  I'm at that point now.  Struggling with fuel lines, and trying to stay on task, and DO THE SHIT RIGHT.  I want to run the original type oem solid, cadmium plated fuel lines.  (see above)
The Left Tank runs this later model (rubber seal type) seat for the fuel rod.  The large banjo fitting feeds the fuel from the Right Tank.  The caps are both vented.  Did you know early, original fatbob tanks don't have that center top crossover vent tube?  Both gas caps are vented.  I want the crossover line to sit flush without binding.  No stress.  All the sealing faces to align square and true.  No twisting when tightened.
The fuel turns on by unscrewing this knob on the Left Tank.  The rod end seats into that fitting on the bottom(previous photo) and when you pull up on the rod, it allows gas to flow to the carb.  If you pull the rod all the way(as shown) it opens up a lower hole to allow all your gas to the carb (the reserve supply).  There's no petcock on the tanks.  Turning the fuel on and off from the driver's seat, no reaching.  Just pull up the fancy chrome knob for Harley's patented: "Instant Reserve"
It acts like a giant needle & seat !  The original rod (top) is just steel.  Carl's Cycle Supply offers a special tipped rod (for improved seal and no leakage).  I lapped in my original steel unit, tested it, and it seems to seal fine.
This clear line (above) can get hard, brittle - and usually starts to crack and leak right at the fitting.  The only advantage I note - is you can see the fuel.  It's easy to melt too(don't let it touch a cylinder), etc.

The point is: Don't hurry.  Take your time and do it right.  Wait if you have to.  
Another saying I like is: "Good Things Come To Those Who Wait." 

Old Injuries Never Really Go Away(just thought I'd let you know)

I hurt my knee in an ice bike spill over 10 years ago.  It acts up, swells and hurts about every other year.  This year(2017) it's been a SOB 3 times already.  I think I'll get it looked at. 

Choppers In The Truck . . .

Hey, it's no secret that some choppers get hauled to the show.  It's best to ride your chopper, but the main thing is you get there - and you go.  We wanna see it !  You can ride the shit out of it after you get there . . . just get it there.  Do it like these boys did.  They threw 'em in the old Dodge and burned a 800+ mile round trip at 75mph . . . shit, I gave up tryin' to keep up.  Go Pat Go !
Pat's ol' man Ted is just the coolest.  It's so fortunate to have a dad that's cool.  And if for some reason you don't, be a cool dad yourself.  As I get older, it's the old dudes that mean so much. 

Pat & Ted's view . . . they have to shout to hear each other.   This truck runs a tri-power of three Harley CV carburetors with custom fabricated manifolds !

Hell On Wheels: Franklin, Iowa

Lots of really great guys and gals with a love for vintage choppers . . . hangin' around, doin' wheelies, drinkin' a couple beers, riding some neat roads . . . having some good barbeque . . . and a super dooper party at Michael's.  Fuckin' aye - Thanks Weasel !

Rain in Your Brain

I've only rode about 200 miles in the rain this year.  60 miles of it was really hard rain I won't soon forget.  I should have waited it out.  Sometimes it's easily been over 450 miles . . . When riding this old iron, I need to slow down in the wet.  I can't see, I'm wet and fatigued, brakes aren't as good - and less traction.
Spray off cars and trucks will powerwash you.  It all sucks.
When parked my seat fills up like a bucket. 
Water on my steel pegs and kicker pedal.
Water on the grips.
Water sitting on the magneto.
Water down the pipes.
Water in the air filter.
Water in the Ignition switch.
Water in the toolbag.
Water wicking over your helmet, Down your neck . .
Down your back . . .
Water from the outside meets Water from the inside.
It finally quits raining, but the road is still wet. It's somehow better now.
Unless it gets cold . . .
You always remember the trip when it rained and sucked. 
You forget all the other trips when the weather was perfect.

My Favorite Professional Racer 2017

Sammy Halbert has been my favorite flat track racer for the 2017 season.  Bryan Smith was my favorite last year.  I've always admired Halbert's universal skills on all the tracks.  He can ring around a short track, sky off a TT jump, ride a cushion half-mile WFO, and pull an unexpected draft pass on a mile at 130+mph.  He's never been factory-sponsored by H-D or Indian.  He's a privateer, and I've watched him changing clutches, chains, tires, front ends . . . and then shoving his dirty hands inside a pair of leather racing gloves, fueling - and push starting his own bike for the semi. (before the Main that same race, I helped him with the same ritual, and he thanked me - I was an immediate member of Team Halbert that day . . . ) 
I like that Sammy's race bikes are always "personalized" and fun, with funky flames, stickers and colors.  He wants to win, and is a hard charger on the track.  They didn't christen him, "Slammin' Sammy 'cause he rides nice and conservative. The tragic loss of his brother(also a pro rider) in-a-way seemed to fill Halbert with an added racing spirit to continue in his honor, he continues to forge on - where many racers may have retired themselves.  Competitors from the northwest(like Halbert) are known for their tenacity and versatile racing abilities.  Joe Kopp a prime example !
I can't count the times I was attending a non-points event, and Halbert showed up to race since he was in the area.  A pro rider, doin' this for a livin' . . but he just wants to ride (and make some gas money).  It's always great for the local kids who can say "I raced with a National Champion once - Sammy Halbert." 
Halbert had a great season this year, finishing inside the top 5 a total of 11 pro races.  The final race of the season is in Perris, California on a loose 1/2 mile.  This type of track favors riders like Mees, Baker . . . and Halbert !  I'd really like to see him pull a win to end the year.  (or maybe Carver)  You can watch the races by logging on to: American Flat Track - and watch it LIVE !  Go Sammy !
Sammy Halbert runs his brother's #69 to continue the legacy.

Two Looks Better Than One

I have a hard enough time dialing in one . . .not really, but it's
the linkage and cables that drive me nuts.