This is a thread for all the pictures and ride stories of the Brotherhood of the Traveling Lid. This thread will contain only pics and stories, so you guys can check here to track the lid down instead of shuffling through the 30 pages of the original thread.
The moderators will be helping to delete any posts in this thread that aren't BOTTL Pics or Ride Stories, so please save them the trouble, and don't post unless you had the helmet and are doing a write-up for your time with it.
Sorry for the delay boys. I know it seems like I've had this helmet forever, but work and weather got in the way.
So the story starts on Friday the 13th (11/13/09), I receive the package
I had a ride planned out, but it was cold and raining out all weekend. I wanted to take the lid out for a ride right when I got it, but the rain had already started....so instead I stayed in and found a sticker and took some pics
So I have this really random sticker that my sister gave me that I decided to use as my contribution to the helmet. So its a sticker of a bootleg Chupa Chups lollipop that says China Candy on it LOL. I'm gonna assume that I'm one of the few Asian dudes on the site, so my Bootleg China candy shall remind you all of me
So like I mentioned before, it rained all weekend, and I didn't get to go on the 200 mile ride i planned. That kinda bummed me out because I work Monday-Friday 9 to 6, and not only is it freezing up in Boston now, but it also gets dark at 4:30.
I really want to get this thing moving along so I don't want to hold it until this weekend to do a long ride. But I thought about my time with the helmet, and I had been using it for the past few days as I would my regular helmet. I'm pretty sure in that time I've traveled at least 100 miles with it just in and around the city, and I'll be meeting up with NH Mike tomorrow to pass it off 80 miles or so away, so that should round off my 200 miles nicely.
Because I used the helmet as I would my everyday helmet, I have no ride pictures or crazy ride stories....sorry. But for the past 5 days, the helmet was treated like it was my own, and experienced plenty, but for the sake of a picture post and documentation that it was in Boston, I took the lid sight seeing tonight. I figured when we look back at this to see where the lid has been, landmarks and other city areas would be cool to look at.
So here we are by the waterfront with the Clock Tower behind us:
Boylston Street with the Prudential Center in the back:
In Front of the State House:
I thought of a really cool picture at Fenway Park, but it didn't come out as awesome as I hoped. There is a statue of Ted Williams in front of Fenway putting a cap on a little kid. I thought it'd be neat if I could get the lid over the cap, so it looks like he's putting our Traveling Lid on the kid, but turns out the cap on the statue was a bit too big:
I took this picture right before that, and before i white balanced it. I liked how it came out, but forgot to get the lid in there (DOH!), but here it is anyway haha:
So last stop on the tour, we stopped by the garage where I do all my work on the bikes. The garage doubles up as a skatepark:
Inside the shop area with all the bikes:
This is my garage buddy Chris' Triumph with the lid. This thing is gonna be sexy when its all done....it already looks awesome and it doesn't even have bars or paint on it yet!
Here is the lid with my godforsaken CM400 project that I can't seem to get running. Hopefully the lid has blessed it, and I can get it fired up once I get my new stator this weekend:
And finally here is the lid atop of the '76 CB750 engine I just finished cleaning up:
I hope ya'll enjoyed the pictures, even though I had no crazy ride story to go with it haha. I will be riding to New Hampshire to meet up with NHMike tomorrow, then it will be in his hands. Looks like we'll have good weather this weekend, couple that with Mike's ambition to get this done, and we should have a new post up as soon as this weekend!
Godspeed to all of you, treat the helmet well!
OK, so I'm no photographer OR writer, so my shitty skills can't be questioned, hahahaha.
Before I left my place, I needed to check my chain. I knew it was in pretty bad shape and not having the dough for a new one right now I had to take my chances. Here's what I thought about the entire ride.
Met up with Chen in Seabrook, NH around 1:30 on Thursday afternoon. Talked for a bit and then hit the road.
Here's my ride in the fore, and Chens SICK 750 in the back.
Route 107 was right where we met and that would take me right up to Laconia, groud zero for the oldest Bike Week in America so you KNOW I had to stop there. Anyhow, 107 is one of the BEST rides in NH, in my opinion. Tons of twisties and hardly any stop signs or traffic lights. This is a bulk of my ride, taking up about 100 miles or so.
Some pics of me riding and stopping along 107.
I finally made it to Laconia around 5 after a few stops along the way for the sights and once for gas. At this point it was really starting to get cold as it's getting dark and I don't have my cold weather gloves. I had planned on heading out to the Maine coast after Laconia, but it was just TOO damn cold so I decided to head over to Dave (Homebrews) place. About an hour ride. I didn't grab any pics as it was too dark and I was too fucking cold! hahaha
So I've got about 160 miles on this bad boy. I'm figuring I'll get the rest when I meet whoever is getting it next. I also need to find a sticker to put it on, that's tomorrows plan.
As far as the lid? What a comfortable helmet!! And the metal flake looks fuckin' awesome!! I'm definately gonna pick one up sooner or later.
Thanks for letting me a part of it!
Last edited by NHMike; 11-20-2009 at 9:12 PM.
Bump, someone please post some pics or stories. I know someone has done something with that lid in the last 2 months.
Sorry for such a delay on my ride story. My camera crapped out on me after a couple of pics.
I got the lid from JKJ at the end of his ride. I took it the next day after about 6 inches of snow got dumped on the Hudson Valley for about a 130 mile ride. My original plan was to take it up in the catskills, but the road conditions at higher elevation prevented that. Instead I took it up and down the river. I rode north from Red Hook Ny up and over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Road rt 23 out into the foothills of the catskills. Rode around there until the road conditions forced a new direction.
I double backed and took 9W south from the town of Catskill through Saugerties and Kingston (it is a little crappy through there). I continued south on 9W through Esopus and Highland. The walkway accross the Hudson was just completed and I made a stop there. If you are ever in Poughkeepsie or Highland I suggest taking a half hour and walking it. Awesome.
I then took one of my favorite bridges, The Mid-Hudson, into Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie is a lovely town. It is full of lame attempts of gentrification and is the Duchess County seat.
From Pughkeepsie I went north on rt9 through Hyde Park and Staatsburg. In Staatsburg I took a detour to show the lid the Hudson River on more time. I rode through Rhinecliff which is a little hamlet right on the water. From there I took a back road north through Rhinebeck, Annodale and then home to Red Hook. A total of a little more than 130 miles. Short of the 200, but all things considered not a bad ride.
Things I learned from this experience. No matter how big you think your testicles are, they shrivel to almost nothing while riding on 30 degree weather. Hitting slush once and almost going down is not fun, but four times is a little ridiculous. I need warmer gloves.
Thanks for the adventure. Good luck to the rest of the riders.
Last edited by BobT; 06-10-2010 at 10:47 AM.
So I received the helmet from "lxlmariuslxl" in the mail on 1-21-10. Was super stoked to have the lid in my posession. Never really thought it would ever make it to me anyway, but it was here, and my turn to take it for a spin. The funny part is is that I do not own my own bike, maybe one day but not today.(more on this later)
This is where my close buddy Brad comes in. Brad has two bikes and one that we are working on as a project together. So, He comes over to eat with my midget and me while our ladies are out together. After dinner and after I put the midgit to bed, I bust out the helmet and tell him the whole back story and everything. He is stoked on the whole thing, the helmet, the ride, the story everything. So we make our plans to ride.
So after getting the greenlight from those who are ultimately in charge (the ladies) we set the time for early Sunday morning.
This would be our first ride with any real distance and I was excited. You would have thought X-mas was the next morning because I really don't remember sleeping all that well. Got up got ready and headed over to Brad's to get the bikes and hit the road.
I don't know how much you guys know about South Eastern North Carolina but it is flat with lots of pine trees. No matter which way you go it all looks the same. So we decided to head north and try and go to some of the beaches further up the coast.
That's my Gennie!
helmet just relaxing in the sand.
WE rode around on the beaches for awhile, again more straight , flat roads till it was time to head back home. to meet up with the rest of our tribes for lunch. Should of gotten a shot of HELMET with a plate of fried chicken, BBQ and slaw. Would have been nice.
All in all it was a great ride, nothing crazy except for alot of heavy wind on the ride home, but could have been rain or snow, so I am not complaining.
Big Thanks to the ChoppyG for the the great Idea and to the Biltwell guys for the great helmet.
Even bigger thanks to my buddy Brad for always letting me ride the bikes. Great buddies are hard to find, especially ones that let you ride thier bikes.
Added another 175 to the total miles. Will make up the last 25 as penance.
Last edited by ed; 01-26-2010 at 7:51 PM.
Few more photos
letting HELMET bless our project.
Last edited by ed; 01-26-2010 at 7:58 PM.
So Motorradfahrer rode the lid out to us yesterday from Long Beach to Temecula. Not much story there, we took him to our favorite gut buster lunch and enjoyed shooting the shit. Thanks, Moto!
Today I met up with LBfam730 about 7:30 or so and we rolled out through the hills and took a route suggested by Rustrocket I'd never taken Wilson Valley Racetrack (I mean, uh, road). That one is going into the mix and will get used often, thanks RR.
The rest of the route is stuff I'm pretty familiar with. We shot a couple goofy pics out in Wine Country with the balloons all over the place. Should have brought my .22! Tim took the helmet at that point and rode with it the rest of the way on his sporty with no seat. We hauled ass into Palm Springs where meeting up with Sleds & Sickles Eric was easy. We did the swap and he rode with us back through town to the highway where we did my favorite part of the ride, going uphill out of Desert Center on the 74. It's fun coming down, but way more fun on the ascent since you are on the pipe not the brakes.
So, it was a successful mission if not terribly exciting. No midgets or hookers or anything cool like that, but it was good to ride with Tim for the first time and was a great excuse to burn up a saturday morning on some good backroads.
Last week I received the lid from Andy/ClassicCycles. I had the great idea of taking the lid to the college that I work at thinking I could get some cool photos of it on campus. The lid sat in my office waiting to go outside and see all the ladies.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find a cute girl willing to pose with the lid and have her image posted on Chop Cult for you all to ogle at. Sorry RudeHog! Instead I took a picture of the lid next to one of the signs on campus.
Needless to say, both the lid and I were pretty upset that no girls would consent to having their picture taken. So after work the lid and I talked it over and decided that we needed a drink. CreepyJack13 drove down to meet us at the Pike.
The lid on CreepyJack13's FXR.
Last edited by Motorradfahrer; 02-13-2010 at 6:20 PM.
CreepyJack13 and I tried to console the lid; telling it that girls love metalflake and that the rejections that we experienced on campus were a fluke.
'Lo and behold a girl did come up and flirt with the lid. She thought it was an old Buco; I quickly corrected her telling her that it was a Biltwell. She responded that she loved "those vintage Biltwell helmets." The cute ones aren't always the smartest of the pack, so CreepyJack13 and I let that comment pass. I forgot to ask the girl if she wanted to pose with the helmet. We went back to drinking.
The next day I rode down to Biltwell to hand off the lid. I pulled over to get some gas and took a picture to prove that the lid was indeed in CA. Notice the smog behind the palm trees.
Any of you who've driven down the 15 in So Cal know that it's a boring route and will understand why I didn't take any other pictures of my ride.
I arrived at Biltwell HQ and passed off the helmet to MikeD. I could hardly stand to pass on the lid; we'd had some good times together. We laughed, we cried, we drank together. In short, we'd bonded. So I decided to get an exact copy of the lid so that I wouldn't feel too bad.
Thanks to ChoppyGee for coming up with the idea of passing off the lid, Andy/ClassicCycles for passing it off to me, CreepyJack13 for joining me and the lid for a drink, and MikeD and Bill for feeding me!
Last edited by Motorradfahrer; 02-13-2010 at 6:21 PM. Reason: spelling errors
Bill glad you enjoyed the racetrack called Wilson Valley. I made the mistake of coming down that in a fire engine when I first started driving. Not bad except the engine didn't have a jake brake or any other auxillary braking system. Needless to say they were toast.
Mike D it was good to meet you the other day. Looking forward to hanging out with you guys, and staying sober enough to make it past 930pm unlike my night at the slab.
So.... sorry about taking so long for my post... Busy Busy..
So here's the start of the short journey - from beautiful Eagle Rock (Los Angeles) to Long Beach.
And this is what I get for thinking Super Bowl Sunday would have some light traffic... Never under estimate the powers of the 5 freeway.
Welcome to the LBC!
Me, stopping to grab a buddy while going to meet Motorfarher at the Pike on 4th.. Good to meet you btw. I added a nice Street Chopper sticker and a Long Beach Union sticker from my buddy. I think the BOTTL is way cool and everyone involved definitely owes MikeD a beer sometime. Let's keep this thing going, good luck on it's way to Vegas! So that's my story, sorry for the crappy pics, not really a computer guy, especially on my gf's Mac.
RIPshitRIOT got the helmet up to hb on friday night where we met at the pier on main st. we went for a short ride through newport, costa mesa and huntington then hung out for a lil bit. poor guy forgot his wallet so we didnt have the chance to get out and buy a couple of rounds. so tj took off in order to beat the rain that was comin.
me and my roomie (dudehellya on here) each put some flare on the lid. I was thinking about super glueing a pony tail or a mullet to the back as my sticker but i only had one night with the helmet.
the next day me n a Dudehellya and a friend headed out to our other friends house. unfortunately he wasnt able join us on the ride. hahaha he was pretty pissed cause not only could he not ride his bike, he couldn't lay down his layer of flake due to all the moisture in the air. after me and the helmet huffed some paint and laughed at him for a little bit we were off to cooks corner where me met up with rockinryan.
after that dudehellya and my other buddy headed back home to hb and ryan and i kept rollin inland on the 91 and then parted ways at the 15fwy. i ended up riding out to see my o.l. in rancho cucamonga. clocked 140 miles total that day. thats the longest ive trip on my chopper so far. with that dna springer and a hardtail i could barely walk when i finally got home.
it was cool getting to meet ya guys.