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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 year isn't even over yet, but as the holidays creep up it sure feels like it. Before you know it, we'll be in 2013 and moving on to more projects and hopefully lots of riding. The neatest thing about doing this site damn sure isn't moderating the forums - what's enjoyable is getting out and meeting all of the wildly-talented folks who choose to spend their time making and riding custom motorcycles. I personally bullshit my way through about 50 over so articles every year and the following five are my favorites from 2012, each for different reasons.
Wildlife changes from one side of North America to the other. Not just the type of animals, but each species itself. Squirrels, for instance, are mostly grey on the east coast, but brown in the west. In places with large amounts of snowfall, they can even be white. The squirrel's fur color and other physical attributes formed over thousands of years in response to their environment. Such adaptations are how animals survive. Yet some creatures defy Darwin's logic, evolving in ways that seem worthless, or even detrimental to their existence, leaving us to wonder how they came to be.
Until Cole Foster's star turned a bright light on the dusty farm town he calls home, Salinas was a place where California farm hands and truck drivers parked Peterbuilts and vegetable carts after a hard day's work. Residents of the coastal communities 20 miles to the west like to paint Salinas in dim light, but the bombers, hot rods, racecars and choppers that roll out of California's San Joaquin Valley are some of the best in the business.
Meats. Meats and fluids. Meats, fluids, hoses, and maybe some o-rings, gaskets and clutch plates. With the expection of these service parts and wearable items, Larry Pierce assures me every other component on this recently acquired '52 Harley-Davidson OHV Deluxe is bone-stock.
Paisano Publications is the grandaddy of biker publishing. They broke trail for the rest of the industry to follow before most ChopCult members were shittin' green. I've got a fat stack of old Easyriders I peruse for inspiration and entertainment all the time, so when the opportunity to visit their publishing headquarters in SoCal presented itself last month, I jumped at the chance.
According to last year's CC reader survey, H-D's ubiquitous shovelhead is the most highly prized machine on most Cultists' "plan to buy" list. With that in mind, we're kicking off the new week with a bevy of beauties from past features. These machines were selected based on the volume of comments each bike received. In random order, here are seven of your favorite shovelheads from the ChopCult archive.
Last weekend in Inglewood, California, the Born Free crew along with Loser Machine and Garage Company unveiled the custom shovelhead chop that will be given away this summer. Bikeriders from all over converged on the shop for some BBQ and brodown. We'll have a full feature on the shovel soon, but like most events, the bikes that got ridden in by regular Joes are just as interesting. Luckily our friend Lisa Ballard was on hand and snapped a bunch of pics to document the day.
An abandoned coal mine stood within riding distance of my house as a kid. It was a huge trench thirty feet deep, fifty feet wide and about two hundred feet long. The sides were steep with trails that ran between adolescent maple and oak trees, re-growth from clear cutting done decades before. Along the trench floor rusted steel relics of the coal industry jutted from the dirt here and there in tribute to forgotten endeavors. Motorcycle riders would drop in one side of the trench, fly down the trails to the bottom, then climb the other side. With enough momentum, they would launch off the lip of the exiting side jumping ten or fifteen feet in the air.
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