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Gnarly Magazine Issue #13


Big thanks for Johnny for adding Issue 13 to the Marketplace. Buy yours now!

Juice Brake on a Rigid

You'll need to weld a "backing plate stay" on the lower frame tail for the backing plate anchor stud to bolt to . . . (you can see the narrow, nylon insert lock nut I use).  I left the original (mechanical brake) stay (front middle) in case I want to go back to mechanical brake sometime.

I run a continuous (Russell brand) stainless, braided brake line all the way to a triple junction mounted off my rocker clutch up front.  The top outlet of my 3-way junction has the hydraulic brake light switch.(I use that late model little bugger, availaable at any H-D dealership.  They run 'em on all the new bikes.(I keep a spare in my tool kit in-case the switch would leak, you'd have no brakes !
The opposite side of the 3-way junction has another braided line to my master cylinder.

This is the larger(later) version of the Harley hydraulic brake drum.  Maybe 1968-1972, I think?

The round hook-deal is a bungee hook for when I load it up for travel !


June 24, 2020 nothing for sale today

   What a strange time in our world. A pandemic sweeping the nation and our world, accompanied by a piece of shit cop that kneeled on a mans neck for over 8 minutes and in the end,  ending that mans life. Both these things have been dividing  our country. Truthfully I've never seen it so divided. I've seen so many people show their asses, people i've always expected to be narrow minded, small, and straight up ignorant....... have floated to the top of the toilet bowl, I can see them and now they can be flushed.  You care more about a haircut or the beach being closed than a virus that could kill members of your family or the way we treat the black folks in our country. Tell me that "george floyd wasn't really a good man" or "blacks kill more blacks everyday than cops kill blacks" then tell me " cops kill more whites than blacks"........ without ever searching the population of whites to blacks, without ever thinking of a system that was designed to help keep the black race down.
   As a white man that moved to an all black neighborhood as a young man I was stopped by the cops from time to time, "are you lost" "do you need a ride home"...... No I'm good I live here. An odd look and they drove away. Now reverse that situation. I'm a black man in an all white neighborhood, the cops would pull up and I'd either end up in handcuffs, in the trunk, and/or  as we've been shown a pretty good chance i'd end up dead.
  I've seen evil in all men, all colors. The man the pointed a gun to my head was black, the bouncer the strangled me outside a bar was black, when I got jumped on the sidewalk of Oakland at 13 the boy was black........ And I think this, If there is no value put on your life, what have you got to lose? If no one really cares for you, why follow the rules. This country has shit on black folks for so long it had to pop. When i rode cross country there was no problems from people, any bar we walked in people wanted to talk, buy us beer, offer us a yard to crash in. I know that would never work that way for a group of black men. So that's my point.......it's just obvious. I hate most of all ignorance, and god damn there is a lot of it, from all races. But i'm the guy that believes if we just tried harder to even things out and try harder to help and show love the world wold become a much better place. I'm not seeking for some utopia, no one needs to take your guns, no one needs to tell a woman wether she can or can't have a baby. If you're a republican or democrat..... who fucking cares. But wake the fuck up, we have a child for a president, a bully who actually calls people names, the president of our country, calls people shitty names, racist names, shames them, and makes fun of people for being different.
 Well maybe I've done that too...... but guess what!!! I'm not president of the USA. Be a fucking example, bring us together.
    I've had a tough couple years, my bother, Jake, My Dog..... fuck it's been rough. Not comparing to others that have it so much worse, but for me, it's been a struggle. Gradually I'm losing friends too, either based on my opinions, politics, or just that they can't handle my emotions and that's a drag, it's odd that maybe they can't see how it's been and support rather than bounce off. I've always needed my space, some people are not prepared for that, I'm not a hand holder, but I'll tell you this, I'll be there for you when the chips are down, or you need an ear. Who you think I am, or what you've come up with that defines me is probably wrong. I've seen people want me to be "cooler", party harder,
or even like them more, and that's probably where it went wrong. I'm a shitty capitalist, but I'm not a fool, I see whats happening, it's all for sale, and really i don't want to be a big part of it. What have i ever asked you for?? VS. what have you shared with me? My problem is I've always put it all out there.....  and it got taken. If i'm too emotional, does that mean i just care more? I really don't know.
Maybe the sunset looks better to me, or the evening light in my shop, or Taj's smile. That's my fucking heart. I keep thinking of this line in a john Prine song it goes:
 "Wondering just exactly how 
how much more they think a man can take" 
  







2003








a few years back



Unfortunate News

It's with heavy hearts that we are officially announcing that Strange Days 10 - 2020 is canceled due to all of the unforeseen circumstances, and uncertain times in this crazy world right now.  We apologize for the last minute decision, but we held out as long as we could.  We are just unable to pull the permits for the venue and town; let alone all of the other strict regulations / limitations we didn't even get far enough to get into.  But hey, everything happens for a reason.  We know a lot of people had questions about this year's show, and you've probably already read the news on the #strangedaysevent Instagram, but we like to keep the blog platform going strong too. 

We just want to give a huge thanks to anyone that has ever supported the show through the years, friends, family, volunteers, BANDS, crew, and Retrofit Cycle Works for building (what was supposed to be this year's giveaway shovelhead, but will be won by someone at some point!).  This does not mean the end of Strange Days, so keep your eyes and ears open for updates on the future date / location of Strange Days 10; it will certainly be worth the wait!  Stay safe and healthy out there friends.

Check out GKM 75

Guy at Greasy Kulture grants us a sneak peek at Issue 75 here.

Support the ShovelHeads Run on Saturday


Join our friends at the Shovelheads Run on June 27, 2020. Sign-ups begins at 10 am until 11:30 am at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Click here for complete details.

1961 XLCH

CHECK: Tire pressure, oil, primary oil, nut & bolt all the 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, etc.  Make sure everything is sorta tight.  Checked the hose clamps.  Fresh fuel.  Ran it up to about 85-90mph a couple times on some long stretches.  Took some fast, sweeping curves. I kinda hate beating on the thing like that....but it sounds so good when the r's get up there and it starts to sing !   If you had this bike in the 60s...you'd be one of the faster ones.  105+ miles in the books for a sunny Sunday.

DIXXON DEBUTS NEW FEATURES

DIXXON DROPS NEW FEATURES FOR THEIR FLANNEL LINE-UP!
New features as seen on GLORY which debuts later today:
Back pleat - more movement
Hanger / hanging loop - small hanging loop above the neck label
Cleaning cloth - inside left panel at the bottom
Mitered cuffs and chest pockets - more tailored look/feel
Go here to get yours!
As always, we appreciate Dixxon's ongoing support!

NEW - SuperStreet Two into One Exhaust System for late model Sportsters

Big thanks to S&S Cycles for supporting ChopCult over the years! Through the good and dark times, S&S Cycle has been on our side, and we are grateful for that!
We heard S&S Cycle this one under wraps for a hot minute and are finally ready to set it free. The S&S team took their proven 2/1 SuperStreet exhaust internals and finally ported them over to the Sportster platform. None of the shorty system fluff that kills power, they are here for the gains and this pipe is designed to make power. How about a 11% bump in Hp? Highly engineered bends wrap around factory controls (works with mids or forwards), exiting through a stepped header and 4' muffler. The entire system is coated in their latest super durable black and topped off with an aluminum race-style cap. How does it sound? We knew you'd ask. The high volume muffler produces a rowdy tone that unleashes the true v-twin sound the Sportster was designed for. Click below for more info and hit up your dealer to grab one.

https://www.sscycle.com/superstreet-xl

New Episode of Big Truth's Podcast

In this episode, Truth interviews Mike Gallo – bassist for the legendary New York hardcore band Agnostic Front. He also plays in Stigma and is an artist (Gallo Originals). The two discuss Mike's history, music, his bands, his art, the covid virus and resulting quarantine / shutdowns, changes in American society/life, the divisive political climate, police brutality, and more! Click here to tune in.
         
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