Raphael Conte runs Conte Kustoms down in Pelham, Alabama. He sent us pics of his recently finished Sportster that features a handful of parts he got here at Lowbrow (Aris style triangle headlight, Biltwell bars, risers and seat, fender, etc). In his own words:
"The bike is a 2001 Sportster 883 with 9k miles. All the stock tins & lights got canned. I put the Biltwell risers and Frisco handlebars narrowed 2" on each side. Single cable jackhammer throttle, no control switches. The tank is a Pandemonium STR tank. The seat is a Bitwell custom mounted. Burly Slammer 10.5" shocks. The fender came from you guys, I just cut it down and made it fit. The headlight and side mount bullet tail light also came from you guys. The front end was shaved, no front brakes. Tires are AVON MK II's. All the tins were powdercoated 85% gloss black. No paint on this bike. The motor is stock, I just added the air cleaner and pipes. I think that about sums it up. Thanks man!"
This Saturday! The Salt Ghost midwest screening in Chicago on October 22nd in conjunction with the Hellrider versus Godzilla Halloween party! Wes White of Four Aces is flying out on Friday, Kyle and I drive out Friday morning, and Greg & Katy are coming out Saturday morning. Should be an action packed fun weekend, come on out!
Motorcycle show starting at 1pm at Ace Motorcycle & Scooter Company (1042 West Jackson, Chicago, IL) followed by an 8pm screening of The Salt Ghost at The Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60607), with live music by London Calling to follow at 10pm!
Scanned this out of a copy of Hot Bike from December, 1971. AEE Choppers knew how to do it, that is for sure. The caption from the photo above: "AEE Choppers at Bonneville. When Leo Payne and Mel Disharoon of AEE's High Performance Division go racing, they do it in style. Leo's beautiful Molly painted Sportster is backed up by one of AEE's custom Cessna twins, also covered with Molly's epoxy magic, and the wildest pit crew ever."
Lowbrow Customs needs to step up our game for Bonneville Speed Week next year!
We just got in a packet of notes from the kids in Mrs. Meyers's classroom in Missouri that got donations from Lowbrow & customers for the month of September. I forgot that lined paper like this even existed. Maybe I should use some, my handwriting looks way worse than these kids'. Thanks to everyone who donated their spare change during checkout in September, you helped buy school supplies and learning aids for this classroom!
Got in a painting from our good friend Joel from Image One here in Ohio. He does all sorts of custom paint work, and is a chopper freak. It isn't just a Panhead motor, but MY '59 Pan motor complete with dual Amal carbs and magneto, all hand painted on a piece of plexiglass. Thanks Joel! It will have a place of honor right here in the shop by my desk.
It's that time again! We need your product reviews!
What motorcycle-riding wild man doesn't like free stickers? Perhaps it is a throwback to our neanderthal heritage; plastering your garage with chopper stickers is akin to painting mammoths on your cave wall. Here is how you could end up with some free Lowbrow Customs stickers in your mailbox:
We would like more customer reviews as we believe peer-to-peer reviews on our products will give you honest insight into their quality, fit, and their ability to get you laid on a scale of 1-to-10. Our review system on our website lets you put in Pros, Cons & Comments when you leave a review. We read each and every one, and they help us figure out if there are any issues or products that need improved, and they help out anyone else who is thinking about buying a product but wants the low-down. We will reward this forthcoming by randomly choosing some people who take the time to leave reviews and emailing them for their address so we can send out a nice sticker pack.
Click on the 'Review' tab that is on every single product on our site, and then click on 'Add Your Review' and let us know what you think. You don't have to have an account or anything, just your name, review, and email address (which is not shared or published!). Thanks for your help!
As I was already in SoCal for the weekend I swung up to check out Throttled: Ray Gordon Photography Exhibition. It was a very cool show, a west coast Brooklyn invitational almost. I saw a bunch of familiar faces and bikes, drank some free beer and just talked shop with everyone there. The front gallery has all the large photo exhibits and some music, while the back patio had around a dozen bikes all on display. All in all a very cool show. Sorry about the crappy phone pics I wasn't expecting to be here so I did my best!
Opening Reception for THROTTLED Photography Exhibition The Holding Company Saturday, October 8th, 2011 7pm 104 Robinson, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Wes White of Four Aces Cycle will be at THROTTLED along with The Salt Ghost bike, so head on out there to check out the photography exhibition and give Wes a high five for me.
"Ray Gordonâ€™s THROTTLED presents an intimate look at people that build and celebrate traditional hot rods and vintage motorcycles. The twenty-five or so large-scale color images tell stories of hitting the gas and having a laugh. Gordon takes us to the places where he is at home: drag strips, custom bike shops and secret forts where guys with grease under their fingernails seduce beautiful girls that know better but canâ€™t resist the promise of danger. Way more than a peek under the hood, THROTTLED invites one and all to a way of life thatâ€™s as simple and fun as a fast ride, good friends and a couple of beers.
THROTTLED is definitely going to be anything but your typical uptight photography show.
Ray Gordon has been a professional photographer for over one thousand years, working with all sorts of spoiled brats, goldbrickers and filthy rich desperadoes. Heâ€™s really f*ing rad, if youâ€™ve got an hour, just ask him. In spite of being a tireless blowhard, heâ€™s got a lot of great friends and an incredible family and as you can see he takes a pretty good picture. A noisy dragstrip is one of the few places he finds peace of mind."