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Milwaukee Murderer: Dual Engine Triumph Build Update


Bottom ends have gone together, thanks to Todd Muller, in-house tech at Lowbrow. Everything clearanced so the later cranks and lumpy cams will actually turn in the 1955 crank cases. Beefy rods. Cylinders bored, ready for paint, and then the top ends will be going together. Heads and high dome pistons ready and lying in wait. My plan was to build two stock '55 T110 motors, but that plan kind of went out the window, fortune favors the bold. Mockup motors and trans in the frame for now as details both large and small get addressed. Changes being made, big ones, as recent as tonight stay tuned for some full profile shots.






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Rise and shine, it's swapmeet time!



Stop by our booth during the So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet tomorrow morning. The main gates open at 7 am, we'll be set up in spot 801. http://www.socalcycleswapmeet.com/. Mention that you are a ChopCult member and get a treat, while supplies last :-). - Lisa

ROLLING HEAVY Issue #6 Release Party at the GASSER LOUNGE, Redondo Beach, CA.


Last night the Gasser Lounge hosted the Release Party for Rolling Heavy Magazine, Issue #6. 


I understand that local wifi service was interupted by the amount of ankle bracelets in the vicinity...
no biggie! Rad seeing 30+ Vans jamming the local lots and streets surrounding the bar.











Donnie Smith Bike Show 2014 - Part 10

This post wraps up the 2014 Donnie Smith Bike + Car Show.  Don't miss this year's show happening March 28-29, 2015 at the St. Paul RiverCentre.  Wyzzrd's shovelhead is up first.

Kevin's shovelhead:

Bobby's other panhead:

Only 2 months to go until this year's show!

The White Ghost Has Blood On Its Hands Again

Nonstop vinyl rockin' Friday night.

Ken Driscoll AKA Magic Ken

Ken Driscoll aka Magic Ken is artist through and through. Hailing from the state of Maryland in a city they call Baltimore. Ken has shown some of the most amazing culture, bikes and life to come out of the Baltimore and east coast motorcycle scene. With his natural eye that puts you right into what’s going on in his photos, to the chaotic and free spirit feelings his work gives off, I have personally found myself staring into his photos in awe. I am so excited to announce Ken will be showcasing some of his beautiful imagery at Fuel Cleveland on May 9th. Here is a little one on one I had with Ken the other day. Enjoy!

- Mikey Revolt


Where did the name Magic Ken come from?

K: I got the name pretty early on. I was heavy into magic when I was a kid and a few people found out. I think it was Oliver (from Cutrate) and Tim (editor of Lowside Magazine) that simultaneously gave me the nickname one night at Oliver’s place. It’s stuck with me ever since.

Have you always lived in Baltimore?

K: I’ve lived in and around Baltimore all my life.

How long have you been into photography?

K: I first picked up a camera 14 years ago in a high school black and white photography class. I thought it would be an easy way to get school credit for taking photos of my friends skateboarding. I actually didn’t do too well in the class. I couldn’t get into taking “artsy” photos of plastic bags in trees or power lines or something. I tried to learn as much of the technical stuff as I could and just took photos of whatever I wanted.


Did motorcycles find you or did you find them?

K: I guess they found me. Since I first picked up a camera I’ve always photographed the stuff I was interested in. I started shooting photos with Oliver Jones for his clothing brand Cut Rate and through him met Tim Wise the editor of Lowside. Tim asked me to shoot his shovel at the time for DicE magazine. That was the first bike I ever shot. From there I started shooting for Lowside and it sort of snowballed from that point.

What is your dream bike?

K: I don't know. I'd like to have a completely stock Panhead someday.

In all your travels where was the best place you have ever been and what made it so special?

K: I think I’d have to say Japan for the Mooneyes HRCS. It’s insane. If you ever have the opportunity to go, you should. I can’t really explain it in words. You have to be there to understand just how big the show is.

Any crazy stories you want to share about your travels or a shoot gone bad?

K: I don’t know, it’s tough to think of a good one. I’ve seen some crazy stuff. Everything from someone crashing while shooting their bike, being crashed into and even almost being arrested on a photoshoot. Once I rode through the Badlands in South Dakota on the back of Tim’s ’50 Pan with no seat and no passenger pegs  so I could shoot some good riding photos for the magazine article we did about the trip. It was pretty funny trying to hold my legs up and keep my feet from hitting the ground in the turns. 



Is there one image that you have taken that every time you look at it, you get thrown back to that time or place and wish you could go back?

K: Two years ago a bunch of us traveled across country to Born Free. I took photos the whole way. I get really sentimental about those photos. They always bring back a lot of memories. But I get this way with a lot of my photos. I think that’s why I like photography so much. It takes me right back to that exact moment when I was taking the photo.

What inspires you, your vision, and your photography?

K: It’s tough to say what inspires me or to give a clear definition of my vision. More than anything I feel like a fly on the wall. I’m not very outspoken so having the camera has always been my reason for hanging around. Early on I was really influenced by Adam Wright. He has a super simplistic style and a really great eye. I met him once and he was really nice to me and we’ve kind of stayed in contact for the past couple of years. I like his ‘one camera, one lens, less is more’ approach. I’ve tried to adopt that mindset and not be so focused on equipment that I lose sight of what’s really in front of me.


Is there a specific time, place, or setting you like to take your photos or is it a completely random, on chance type of thing for you?

K: I really try to just let my photos happen. I rarely pose anything. I think it has a lot to do with being in the right place at the right time. To be a good photographer you have to know where to be and when to be there. I just try to be as close to my subjects as I can and let stuff happen.

Anyone you would like to give a shout out to or thank?

K: My wife, Brittany, everyone at Lowside Magazine and to anyone that’s ever let me take their photo.

Make sure to check out Ken’s work at the show. You can find more of his work at www.instagram.com/Magic__Ken


Donnie Smith Bike Show 2014 - Part 9

If you attended the 2014 Donnie Smith Bike Show, you should have noticed a group of bikes in the back-left of the main floor.  If you missed them, there's something seriously wrong with you.  I've posted lots of photos of these bikes at various shows over the years and have no intention of stopping.

Joe's panhead:

Steve's panhead:

One of Bobby's panheads:

One last post from the show featuring 3 more bikes is up next!

NEW Black Horizons Design


100% Made in the USA. White ink on a black shirt.
 
Available now at http://blackhorizons.bigcartel.com/

Proceeds from this shirt will go to the International Wolf Center. http://www.wolf.org/ This shirt will be an unlimited print.
 

Donate Non-Perishable Food For Your Chance To Win A Biltwell Gringo S Helmet


For each non-perishable food item you donate at the Midwest Moto Swap this weekend you will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win a brand new Biltwell Gringo S helmet! All food items will be donated to the Medina Food Bank. Thanks for your support!
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