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Just wanted to throw a quick THANKS for helping us attain 55,000 members! We appreciate every one of you (well the spammers suck, but that's another story :) ). Keep being rad and thanks again!

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1940 Chief Revival

Here's a really cool article from the Kiwi MotoCycle monthly newsletter:

1940 Chief Revival

We’re always asking readers of this newsletter to reach out to us so we were delighted when Mike Tolj sent Kiwi Mike this note from Perth, Western Australia:
Mike,
Just wanted to share with you a picture of my finished bike. You supplied the front and rear guards as well as a few other parts.
Bike is from Hollister in CA and was purchased in 1971 from CHP auction before being purchased by me in 2010 through eBay. It arrived in Australia in 2011 and has been under restoration since then. Thought you may like to see the outcome.
Thanks for assistance over the years with the build of this bike and others that I have been involved in.
Regards,
Mike Tolj

We were intrigued so we asked Mike Tolj to tell us more. Here’s his story:
 
The bike was found through an eBay Auction, listed by a friend of the owner who had a bike shop in Hollister. He had purchased the bike from a California Highway Patrol Auction in 1971: $10.00 for the frame and $10.00 for the engine. It was the 1970’s and the new owner turned the bike into a chopper, a far cry from its origins as Highway Patrol Bike. He rode the bike around Hollister for many years before the engine failed. He tore it down to re-build and there it sat until I purchased the bike in 2010.
It was in a rough condition when it finally arrived in Australia with some of the parts unusable. At the time I had just finished my 741 Bobber Scout and was enjoying riding that. This bike was going to be a long restore, that I knew. Looking through “The History of a Classic American Motorcycle by Tod Rafferty” I came upon the picture of the 1940 Indian Chief California Highway Police bike restored by Bob Stark and I knew that was the bike that I wanted to build.
A lot of nights were spent looking for and sourcing the right parts. Some came from Kiwi, some from Greer, some from friends, others from eBay. Slowly the bike was coming together, one parcel at a time. Along the way some real bargains were found: the RM Magneto; the S&M Lamp Company lights were a great find; the Motorola radio head is a prized item. (I need some radio boxes if anyone has any.) The winter screen was a great find and came from Portland, OR all the way to Perth. Found a company in Washington that reproduces the CHP Stars for the tank, too.
The bike has been torn down to bare metal and rebuilt with as many original parts as possible. Additional parts were sourced from auctions and sheds. Due to the age of the bike and its previous history some parts had to be replaced with new parts. Old parts were restored, cleaned, cad plated where possible, new bearings installed as needed. All restoration was done here in Western Australia over a period of 6 years with the help of many. To name a few: Andrew, Chris, Jim, John, Graeme and Wayne. A lot of time and support from family and friends has assisted in the restoration of this bike and I must send out big thanks to all that helped and contributed.
·        Std 74 cubic in Indian motor
·        Indian Bonneville cams and lifters
·        Linkert M6BA - Indian Bonneville carb
·        Std. 3 Speed Indian Gearbox
·        Original engine had 1942 cases. (CDB319M) but they needed a lot of work
·        1947 Indian NOS magneto engine cases were found in Australia
·        Original NOS Full Winter Screen
·        RM Edison Splitdorf Magneto with a hot spark
·        Original Motorola Radio Head
·        Original friction drive Sterling Siren
·        Original S&M Lamp Co Los Angeles Police Lights
·        Original tinned soft soldered fuel tanks
·        New front and rear guards supplied by Kiwi Indian
·        Original configuration – Left-hand accelerator and Right-hand advance/retard of magneto timing.
·        Foot clutch and hand shifted      
·        18 x 4.50 4 Ply tyres
A dream come true!

Mann Mondays

Did you know that we pay homage to David every Monday? Well, we do by using fellow artists tributes and centerfolds from old Easyriders Magazine. David's art influenced many, and we are honored to play a small role in keeping his memory and artwork alive today! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook and tag #chopperfest if you would like us to showcase your tribute piece like Darren did below.

Today's #mannmonday comes from one of the best in the business Darren McKeag / McKeag Art. Here's Darren's interpretation of David Mann's "Show Off." What a beautiful tribute!

New Release From Dixxon Flannel - 8 AM PST Today!

"We are going to be closed on Black Friday again because we believe in American family tradition and the importance of family gathering. Instead, we will be dropping the next three pieces in our Fall 2018 line today at 8 AM PST so we can utilize the three days this week to get everything done and to you ASAP. Like all Dixxon items, these releases have been produced in limited quantities. Once they sell out, they are gone for good. Don't let them slip by. Set the alarm on your phone, and we will see you online at 8 AM PST! Thanks again for all the love and support this year and Happy Thanksgiving from the entire Dixxon crew!" - Dan

Quick Throttle Magazine November Issue

One million thanks to the fine folks at Quick Throttle Magazine for supporting our show and the featured artists over the years. Click here to read their article with Irene Airbrush and check out her David Mann inspired mural on Moreland Choppers' van. Thanks!

RIMAC Valve Spring Tester

 
 
Manufactured by: Rinck McIlwaine Company.  Now I can test valve springs for pressure at installed spring height, and cam-open position.  Vintage Tools.  Made in USA.  Restoring Vintage Motors.

Help Joe Koenigsmark at Angel Dust Paint

"We made this Angel Dust shirt happen with a small group of our friends. Joe Koenigsmark doesn't know a thing about it. Joe IS Angel Dust Cycle Paint! He is probably reading this right now, pissed off but feeling the love as well. Joe had some surprise health issues earlier this year, so we decided to do something to help him out. He is a second generation hot rod and custom painter, a one-man shop, doing paint work full-time for over 30 years.
We think that Joe is one of the best people in the world. If you are one of Joe's many friends made through bicycles, motorcycles, hot rods, skateboarding or music then you understand. Buy a super cool shirt, and 100% of the purchase price goes to Joe for medical bills. He will probably try and refuse it, but we won't let him.
 Shirt artwork by Joe's brother from another mother, Shawn Long / Imperial House 71. Please spread the word and tell people to visit this page by going to www.lowbrowcustoms.com/joe. Thank you!"- Lowbrow Customs

Studio Shoot


Some Things Never Change

Ol' Noot's still workin' on bikes in his garage.  Wall to wall sissy bars.  He even got me my own sissy bar, for my 20" Murray. 

This shit sucks . . .

TV ads at the pump.  When you pay with your credit card, the gas station sends your information to the advertising company.  The station is paid by the advertising company.  Now the advertising company knows... Where you live, Your address, What time you got fuel, What items you bought at the station(if you purchased food, etc.) . . . Now the advertising company can sell your information to Wendy's Hamburgers, Marlboro, Wal-Mart, whatever local business is in your area.  They may call you (telemarket) for more services.  I might have to start paying cash and shutting off my pump TV with my ball peen hammer?  Stick a big microwave magnet on the screen.  This is war now !  This is coming from a guy who usually has to buy a new television remote 'cause the MUTE button on my original remote is worn out from silencing all the commercials when I watch a program.  This gas station deal is just the latest invasion of privacy - no wonder they what to do away with cash sales !  I feel sorry for you people in the big cities - now you'll have to wait to use your card until you watch the ad (ends in 5 seconds).  At least small town Iowa has old gas pumps left. 
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