Bill is a family man with a bad motorcycle problem. Current rides are a slightly modded '92 FXR, an '06 Triumph T100, a 1952 45" and a '65 Triumph unit 650 in the works.
How many times have you heard that details make the difference? Obviously this is especially true when it comes to building motorcycles. Off-the-shelf parts are easy and often that is the best way to go. But, combine a few of your own hand-hewn solutions and the end result will surely be more satisfying. A few details at the recent David Mann Chopper Fest caught my eye (and lens) so here's a bit of inspiration.
New Year's Eve is a great time to reflect on what you accomplished in the previous 12 months, and to make plans for even bigger and better adventures in the year ahead. As this collection of bike features, scene reports and tech how-to's illustrates, 2012 was another banner year for building and bikeriding on the old 33.
If there is one challenge that every garage builder has to tackle time and time again, it's how to attach the fender to the rest of the bike. Even though there are some tried and true methods, if you look at a dozen custom bikes, you are likely to see a dozen different solutions. At the recent David Mann Chopper Fest, I took the opportunity to snap a small collection of photos; maybe one will inspire you the next time you need to make one.
Noise Cycles humbly churns out a wide variety of finely-crafted, interesting motorcycles. While many builders or shops have an indentifiable format, Scott "T-Bone" Jones' style is more flexible and he has broad range that shows both craftsmanship and diversity. His black gennie Shovel won Best California Bobber and Best in Show earlier this month at the David Mann Chopper Fest in Ventura, CA. That machine is luxurious in detail and was never without a crowd around it at the show. Meanwhile, this understated beast sat quietly in front of the Noise booth. In a sea of metal flake peacocks it's simplicity made it a standout. The fact that it has a contemporary (by our standards) and reliable power plant that's often over looked by today's top builders made it even more interesting. Why not? Evos are plentiful, fun to ride, and as this bike proves - they make great donors for custom bikes.
The David Mann Chopper Fest in Ventura, California always has a good turn out of quality chops, bobs, restos and whatever else you wanna call custom motorcycles. This year was no different and there was no shortage of old pans, knucks and flatheads. I shot a couple hundred photos so I'm gonna break it up into digestable chunks. Today's feature is all about the knuckleheads...
This bike was a nagged-out test mule kicking around Biltwell HQ for several years. It was loaned to out-of-towners on a regular basis. While it served its purpose, its ugly "Classic" tank and riser combo was hard to look at. After taking all that abuse with nary a complaint, the old girl finally earned some love. Mike D's Sex Panther was high and tight, so he was looking for a simple project, something more suited for daily commuting than his rigid XL. Enter the Legal Eagle, or "The Legal Beagle" as spectators of Mike's unorthodox refurb sometimes called it.
Our good friend and true brother Walter Gemeinhardt is a "put your money where your mouth is" sort of dude. After seeing first hand the havoc that Superstorm Sandy caused when it pounded his home state of New Jersey and surrounding areas, Walt has stepped up with a good idea that can be translated into actionable charity. What's this got to do with motorcycling? Everything. As much as motorcycles are an intensely individual endeavour, the culture also has a long history of helping others and that "pay it forward" mentality is what Walter is fostering with this contest. Read on to hear how you can get involved, and its not just about donating dollars...
You've probably seen Imperial House Shawn's paint work whether you are aware of it or not. The prolific and talented painter has been laying lines and spewing candy on helmets, signs, panels and tanks for years. When it came time to build his own bike, he pulled out all the stops and the end result is just as slick and creative as one would expect.
Welcome to the latest How-To installment from Jay Roche at Special '79/Barnstorm Cycles. This tech tip is related to their Sportster project, but can be used on anything you might be working with that requires something built out of aluminum sheet.
The Brooklyn Inviational has quickly risen to east coast motorcycle mecca status, and for a good reason. Our friend Harvard Matt was kind enough to nab some pics, both inside the show and on the curb outside.
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