Tuesday, March 31, 2015
But a deal came along I couldn't refuse. I've never owned a new(er) Harley, mostly because I love old bikes and honestly, new Harley's just never appealed to me. While working on my beloved Shovelhead last week, it dawned on me that I really can't depend on the old girl for any long trips. She runs like a raped ape and is the most comfortable motorcycle I've ever ridden, but realistically,I'm too fucking old to be broke down in the middle of Nevada with no cell phone reception and an 700 pound Shovelhead FL. I'm good for a couple hundred miles on her, and that's all. Last summer, the rear brake support came loose, caught on a pothole and almost launched me into a semi at 70mph. I still love it though. I started thinking about what kind of bike I could get that would be cheap, reliable, and still have a little visceral appeal, at least to me. I started looking for used Triumph Bonnevilles, but the cheapest used one I could find was around $5000, so that wouldn't work for my budge, so I started looking half heartedly at Evo Sportsters. They've always been invisible to me, honestly. I've owned 5 old Ironhead Sportys and loved them, so I always looked at the Evos as kinda pale vanilla imitations of Ironheads. I started researching stories and ride reports by people who've toured on Sportys and found quite a few positive reviews and interesting ride stories by people who've put thousands of miles on Sportsters, particularly 883's. I started looking and came across a bone stock 1999 Sportster 883 with 10,000 miles on it. Of course it was an hour away, but the owner wanted $3600. I offered $3000 and he said come get it. When my son and I arrived at his house way out in the middle of nowhere, we waited at a huge wrought iron gate with security cameras. We were escorted by a black Cadillac Escalade up to the 10 car garage and a tall, tanned muscular man came to greet us. This guy, whoever he was, was loaded, as in rich as hell. He walked us to the bike and I was stunned. It looked like it rolled off the showroom floor, that day! We started it up, purred like a kitten, and I just silently handed him my cash. I rode it an hour home during shitty lunch hour traffic and I smiled the whole way home. So now I'm one of the "invisible". Snubbed by Euro bike riders and ridiculed by Harley "bros" (who probably have never turned a wrench on a Harley in their lives and I've restored 7) as riding a "girls bike". I've always found that prejudice ridiculous and confounding. It seems specific to Harley culture, starting in the 70s. Before that, Sportsters were the kings of the drags trip, capable of beating anything on two wheels of the line. Somehow they became discriminated against and the myopic Neanderthal observations of big twin owners were that because it's smaller than a big twin, it must be inferior and therefore "not manly". But, unfortunately, Harley's attract that kinda wannabe macho tough guy. Too bad for them, and great for me! I'm thrilled to own this bike. And it's reliable to boot. Who woulda thought...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Is it just me, or is anyone else gettin tired of seeing selfie pix of dudes in skinny jeans/beards/$200 jean vests standing on the seat of their rad chopper while riding with their "biker bros"? I live in Portland, so throw a PBR and you'll hit one. So, on that bitter note, check out this site: http://hipsterbikevideos.com
Thursday, February 6, 2014
I traded my FXWG front end for a FLH one from a guy I met on Jockey Journal. Traded my 3.5 gallon tanks for some 5 gallon fat bobs, put on an old hinged rear fender, put on some floorboard controls, pogo seat, etc. I plan on installing a 2 into 1 exhaust and bigger FLH battery tray. I've always wanted a bone stock FLH, not a shiny resto or hipster chopper, just a regular working class Shovel...
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sold the unibody. Too much work and parts are as scarce as Jimmy Hoffa. So, I bought a 1966 Ford F250! I love the styling of the '66s and this one is straight with almost no rust. 352 v8 w/ a 3 speed automatic, rides purty nice. A little low geared with that Dana 4.10 rear, but I plan on changing that out at some point.