Thursday, December 20, 2012

Out of the blue and into the black...

Painted the frame myself, scuffed up the old paint with some 220 grit, spray-bombed it with Ace Hardware Appliance Epoxy in my garage on a cold rainy day. Looks GREAT and that paint is hard and durable. Total cost: about $30.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


Go ahead and give it to me...
Gonna pull the motor and paint the frame and swingarm myself with rattlecans, then start putting her back together.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Shovelhead at the end of the world...

Well, I finally got a shovelhead. After years of wanting one but just never able to save up $5000 to $7000, I saw a 1980 FXWG on Craigslist one night for $3500. I couldnt really afford even that, but I had to jump on it. It looked a little rough but mostly stock(except for the ugly powder blue paint)and didnt run. The PO collapsed a lifter, which in turn cracked of a piece of the tappet block and then realized he wanted nothing to do with the bike after that. The next evening, I drove with my hapless girlfriend three hours in the darkest, shittiest, rain soaked weather on the most treacherous mountain coastal roads I've ever driven on, to go buy this thing. We almost turned back half a dozen times, especially after almost colliding with a huge fallen tree branch that fell across the road. Somehow, we made it to the guys house, loaded up the beast into the back of my 1998 Nissan 4-banger, and drove 3 more hours back. Now, I've driven to some wacky outta the way places before to pick up a bike, but this one was a true test. Honestly, If was for any other bike, I would'nt have even have considered spending the money right now, much less risking life and limb to go pick up the damn thing. But it was a shovel. Ugly, not running, but MINE. I'll post my progress as I go. I plan on going through the motor and repainting the ugly blue frame back to black and changing A LOT of stuff.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

I love Langlitz jackets...

I just picked up this beautiful goatskin Langlitz Columbia from 1987 off the used rack at Langlitz. Amazing jacket...never worn anything else but Langlitz jackets my entire riding jackets in the world made right here in lil' old Portland OR.

Turn, Turn, Turn...

Just got back from a motorcycle camping trip with my best buddy Tyler Adams up past Mt. Hood near Maupin OR. Slept next to our bikes in the dirt after downing a pint of Jameson and a fifth of single malt scotch while shooting the shit next to the fire. I loved every second of it. I rode the ol' 1972 XLCH (much to the bemusement of all the brand new Harley riding folk that seem to number in the hundreds)and had a blast riding an old, loud, vibrating piece of machinery I rebuilt with my own hands. Of course, it broke down on the way back home 30 miles east of Portland, a two dollar spring in the auto-advance assembly broke and dislodged the weights, but that's part of the adventure of riding a 40yr old bike, right? The whole experience got me thinking a little bit on the true nature of happiness and what really is important and substantial in our short lives. It seems a lot of people I know right now are having anxiety and serious doubts about what they're doing with their lives and what they WANT to be doing with their lives. Of course, I think the uncertainty with the economy, the upcoming election, the turmoil overseas, the horror show on the news everyday, etc have a collective effect on peoples psyche as a whole and makes us feel a certain undefinable dread deep down that seems, for me anyway, to color everything around us. A lot of friends and clients have been feeling vaguely distracted, distant from the spouses/partners, discontent with their jobs, etc. While I've been feeling the same way, I've also found that two words seems to help a lot in enabling me to deal with a majority of the day to day stress and the uncertainty I feel for the future: Fuck it. Simple as that. I got tired wasting precious days and time spent with family and friends worrying about things I CANNOT CONTROL. Sure, I could be better with my finances, I'm working on it, but stressing about losing my job, getting cancer, getting old, war, inconsiderate assholes, my bike breaking down, republicans, crime etc are things I can't do anything about so I'm not gonna worry about them anymore. Fuck it. I decided to enjoy every second spent in the company of my wonderful friends and family, my amazing daughter, my amazing son, my truly precious Jessica, My father, my sister, my brother who have been rocks for me, and of course, the best therapy there is, getting on my bike and RIDING. Fuck it. There, I feel better already.
Broke down!
Outside The Rainbow Tavern, Maupin OR.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bates leather solo seat

Gift from my old friend Tyler Adams. Replaced the rotted foam with some high density and she's ready to go. Gonna run it on the XLCH. Perfect.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Up and Running

the 1972 BMW R75/5 rebuilt and running good. Something so much more satisfying building your bikes than just buying one and pushing a button...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Latest labor o' luv...

I picked up this 1972 BMW R75/5 on Craigslist in a completely compulsive purchase. It didn't even run. Blown out right side con rod bearing. ------ Tore the engine down and decided that the crank was just too fucked to use, so I bought a good '74 R75/6 block from a ADVrider forum member for a $150 and decided to build that instead. ---- Almost got the engine completed. New rods, bearings, pistons, rings, clutch, etc. I'll post more once I get the newly painted fenders and Corbin seat next week.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Ironhead JOY

Well, after a full top-end rebuild by the famed Baisley Hi-Performance, I got the bike back together and guess what: Still hard starting and running lean. Well, I had some rebuilt heads in my garage from my last '72, slapped 'em on and BlAM! One kick Sporty! It was my shit heads all along. Oh well! Glad I didnt sell her for cheap like I was gonna do. Runs like a champ now. Been riding her around town all week. Bliss. Here's a lil vid of my buddy taking her out for a test ride.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

My '72 progress thus far...

My '72 XLCH is coming along nicely. After having the neck gusset and the factory seat tabs welded on, I was able to mount the tank and the stock seat. New Cycle Electrics generator, Dyna S EI, battery and Mikuni carb, she is almost a one kick machine. Future plans may include solo seat and bobbing both fenders for a XLR look.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Current Heavy Rotation...

Fred Neil-(1967)

Awesome, moody folk by this underrated genius.
You might think that giving Bob Dylan his first gig in New York, or penning the theme song to a Best Picture Oscar winner, would be enough to keep your records in print, but for 40 years Fred Neil’s best album was astonishingly difficult to find. Recorded in 1966, and released twice – in 1967 as Fred Neil and in 1969 as Everybody’s Talkin’ – the 10-song LP was roundly ignored by critics and listeners, causing Neil’s swift exit from music to be overlooked by nearly everyone, including devotees to artists whose careers he helped to nurture ––Dylan, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Tim Buckley and Harry Nilsson.

It’s worth belaboring Neil’s association with Dylan because the latter casts the former in such stark relief. Dylan had that famously slack and nasal voice that tore across the cultural and historical landscape like a brush fire. Neil, by contrast, had a voice like an anchor – a weighty, bottomless tone that plumbed the depths of human existence."

Agreed. Get your folk on...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The One Motorcycle Show...

...was awesome last night. Definitely a highlight in our wet Portland winter. All the usual suspects were present with beer and rad bikes. Kenneth from MotoGalore outdid himself with two gorgeous Triumph customs. The 1970 XR750 was one of my personal faves...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My '72 XLCH progress

Well, she's coming along. New brakes, pipes, handlebars,HB clamp, seat, Dunlop K70, fork gaiters, headlight/housing, chainguard, oil tank, battery tray, New Bendix carb,etc, etc, etc. Still got a ways to go...Took her out for a short run and she handles pretty badly, I suspect the swingarm bearings. It also takes about 30 kicks to get her started so Im buying a Mikuni to see how that works out. Why am I doing this, again?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Speedbuggy Motorcycles

These guys do cool stuff...I really dig the Japanese aesthetic applied to American motorcycles. Less showy and more purposeful looking builds in my opinion.

That Long Lonesome Highway...

I found this at Goodwill for a $1.49. I was stoked! My old man used to watch this show. It's one of my faves also...