Another event not to miss......... Strange Days.....

We are stoked to be involved.... so stoked we are gonna have a mag release party before the show.........

Strange Days

Thanks for letting us be part of it........

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Denton, NC 2015: Part 3

The Denton dream duo.

Welcome Poler Stuff!

We would like to welcome POLER Stuff to the ChopCult family.

We make sleeping bags, tents, bags, and accessories that are simple, good looking, well designed gear for people that are travelers, couch surfers, regular surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, bicyclists, parents, kids, car campers and anyone else looking for something that looks good, is a good value and is all about having fun on road trips and in the outdoors. It’s stuff that is made for people that have adventures all over the world while wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers. It’s for people that wonder why everyone is trying to pretend they are going to do first ascents on alpine peaks instead of celebrating the fact that they are having adventures that are awesome in their own way.

The Poler One Man Tent fits one man, woman or child with room to spare. Lightweight aluminum poles pop together like magic. Soak in the stars or snap on the fly to keep the raindrops out. Oversized so you have plenty of room to sit up and change your clothes or do yoga. Keep dirty boots and other stuff nice and dry under the vestibule. The fly has an eye for checking the weather. Tent specs packed are 6 Round x 18 long, 5.5 lbs.

The Napsack has zippers at the shoulders, so you can stick your arms out, and a cinch at the bottom so that you can open it up and stick your legs out. Hike it up to your waist, cinch it, and wear it like a puffy coat around the campfire, and then crawl right back into your tent without ever having to leave the warmth of your bag.

The Napsack - Orange

Check out POLER Stuff for all of your camping essentials. POLER Stuff has graciously sent a one man tent and a napsack for Jay Cagney to use during his EDR trip. Thank you POLER Stuff for supporting our community!

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I Bought Another Sportster

If you've been following this blog for even a short amount of time, you know I love Sportsters.  Well, I bought another one.  This is my (new to me) 2003 XL883R (Roadster).

I am REALLY excited about the Moto Mania event happening August 1st at a dirt track in Owatonna and I really didn't want to risk taking my 2004 XL1200C on the track so I got it in my head that I wanted some sort of dirt bike / scrambler / dirt tracker.  Before you start thinking I bought the bike for only one day of craziness, I didn't.  I really do plan to use it long after the Moto Mania event is over.

I have been trolling Craigslist for a few weeks and came to the realization that I could get an older 883 Sportster for a little more than a nice dirt bike.  Maybe I've watched one too many Rusty Butcher videos, but this seemed like a GREAT idea to me.  After checking out one [sketchy] 2004 XL883 about a week ago and not making an offer, I went to see this one on Monday and really liked it.  Amazingly, it had just under 10,000 miles on it (that's less than 1,000 miles a year!).  The price was right for both me and the seller so I pulled the trigger.

You might be wondering, why another Sportster?  How is it any different than the one I have?  I know my wife was thinking such things (among others).   There are a few significant differences from my 2004 including the fact this one has:
  • A rigid mounted engine (maybe not exactly a selling feature)
  • Dual front disc brakes
  • 2-into-1 exhaust
  • Mid controls
  • Solid wheels instead of spokes
  • Blacked out engine
  • A smaller engine (again, maybe not a selling feature)
  • Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary badging (who cares?)

The mid-controls took only seconds for me to adjust to and were kinda fun to use.  Even though I'm 6 feet tall, the mids were still very comfortable.  I can't say whether I'd say the same thing after a few hundred miles but we'll see.  The 883 motor will get you to 70 or 75mph just fine (um... allegedly) but I think it will really struggle after that.  Being used to a 1200, the 883 performed better than I expected it to.  I think the air cleaner might be stock (strange, given the pipes) so opening up the air flow could help significantly.  Between the mid-controls and the vibration from the rigid-mounted engine, the bike had a distinctly retro or vintage feel.

The bike also features a factory limited edition custom paint job with bobtail fender.  Sadly the tank has a small dent and the front fender is chipped and was repaired rather poorly.  I bought the bike with full intentions of running aftermarket tins but the flame job is kinda cool.  However, I will likely remove them and sell them as a set.  The damage will likely hurt the resale value.

I have a lot of plans for this bike but these pictures turned out so nice, I'm sort of falling in love with it as-is.  I won't spoil the surprise, but I have a lot of things I'm planning to change.  While long term, this bike could become a 1200 or 1250, that's too expensive and complicated of an upgrade right now so it will remain eight hundred and eighty-three cubic inches of fury for the foreseeable future.  I hope to reveal the bike down in Owatonna but maybe sooner depending on how efficient I can be over the next 2 months.  We'll see.  I have a blog and an active Instagram account that must be fed regularly so it will be difficult to keep any secrets.

I really enjoy modifying my bikes but, since my 2004 is pretty much exactly the way I want it and I want to leave my Road King pretty close to stock for reliability reasons, my garage has been relatively quiet lately.  I'm glad that's about to change.

I am definitely looking forward to having some fun with this bike this year.

Kevington Run 2015

Kevington run 2015
Man what a sick weekend with this lot riding in 2c temperature up thru some amazing roads and views , big thanks to wayne the publican for putting up with us again , many great stories to be told and n long will this one stay in the memory banks , big effort by our brother 
Pete Hunter to make it in dark cold roads , loads of beer n good times breakdowns n a crash n broken throttle cable followed by a snapped chain somewhere near broadford n rescued by Cate O'Donnell in the 57 , from jamison to melbourne in took 9 hours to get home with all of the above events ! 
Thanks for making it a rad ride n sticking together when it counted everyone !
Ride fast ride free 


It's Memorial Day 2015

Please remember that today when you are BBQing with your friends or family there is a reason that this day exists.

Memorial Day is for all of us to remember and appreciate every single life given for this country.  To protect its ideals and citizens.

Its these selfless acts that give us the freedoms we all take for granted every single day.

It does not matter what you think of our government, or whether or not you believe that we are sticking our nose in where it shouldn't be.
This is for the american lives we have lost fighting for the ideal that everything is based on.

so, Take a minute and give thanks to those men and women who selflessly gave their lives to support that ideal.

To every one of them I have the utmost respect and thanks.
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