Autographed Honda NSR 400

With a Fast Freddie Spencer Autograph





My weekend in review

This weekend held no major riding for me, as I happily committed myself to breaking my eldest nephew into the fine art of burping, farting, and fishing. We invited him to his first "Man" outing. He is five years old. Myself, my son, father in law, brother in law and his 5 yr old went camping. Needless to say, we all had a blast. It was well worth forgoing a weekend ride.

Just to scratch the itch, I did hop on the bike for a cruise around the neighborhood (literally) last night.


So since I don't have much else to leave you with today, I give you ... "one liner biker wit"....

Loud pipes drown out the voices in my head.

Featherbed framed "Triton"

Got Cake?

Yesterday evening, I was watching Food T.V., and caught an episode of the Ace of Cakes. I am glad I have DVR or I wouldn't have been able to stop the T.V. show, and get my digital camera, and rewind to capture these pictures.
Being an artist, I can really appreciate some of the stuff these folks create on this show with cake. Duff and his crew made a Harley Davidson Electra Glide Motorcycle cake!
Friggin cool! Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Please excuse the poor quality, these are pictures of my television , not pictures captures from the Web.
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Harley Davidson XLCR Cafe Racer


Vetter Fairings

On Tuesday 6-23-08, Doug Klassen of Fourty Years on Two Wheels http://40on2.blogspot.com/ had a great post about his past, when he was a news film courier. http://40on2.blogspot.com/2008/06/news-film-courier.html. Take a moment to read it, then pop on back here to finish reading this post.

He has a picture of the old BMW he used to ride. I love nostalgic bikes. I also get a kick out of the Vetter fairing on it. I've never seen one on a BMW before. It just goes to show you learn something new all the time.

Anyway, This reminded me instantly of when I was a kid. I remember sitting in the livingroom on the floor, watching the great big old console style television. There was a commercial that I used to see frequently. This commercial is one of the things that sparked my love for motorcycles. It was (I believe) a Honda commercial. They showed a Motorcycle cruising really fast on a curvy road and it had a Windjammer fairing by Vetter. Heck, I went on for a few years thinking that Windjammer was actually the name of the Honda motorcycle that I coveted so much. L.O.L.! It's kinda like hearing a song when you are a kid, or even an adult, thinking you know the lyrics, only to find out you've been singing them in your head wrong for quite some time.

Several motorcycles into my beginning to be a real biker, I picked up a 1981 Honda Goldwing GL1100. This was the old style with the Windjammer Vetter fairing. Cooincidence? I wonder.
Anyone who has followed my blog might be wondering, sooo...If you were wondering, the answer is Yes, I customized it too.

non biker related joke

This not biker related, but a friend just shared this with me, and I felt I should pass it along.

Ben Franklin once said: "In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria." In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli,(E. Coli) - bacteria found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop. However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer or tequila, rum, whiskey, (other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting. Remember: Water = Poop, Wine = Health Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of shit. There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. It is my duty as your friend and also because of my deep concern for your health.

Glider Rider's response to yesterday's post is really F'n funny!


Lady Rides a lot, A.K.A Glider rider http://ladyridesalot.blogspot.com/responded to yesterday's post with the three stages in a man's life. Really Funny!
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Got to check it out. LMFAO!



One Sweet BMW R50




1911 Pierce Arrow

What an engineering marvel for it's day.






Three things I know about women.

Joker recently posted http://harley-davidson-mystique.blogspot.com/2008/06/say-hi-to-keeley.html Quote" I'd be home bonding with my two boys. I also missed a ride up to Bub's Barbecue this morning. Some times you just have to take one for the team - if you don't want to find all your stuff scattered all over your front lawn and driveway anyway."End quote.

I comment Joker for this, but it reminds me of the three things I know about women.

1) If she is happy, I am happy.

2) If she aint happy, aint no one happy.

and.....

3) If she aint happy for a really long time, I aint happy with half my sh*t!

But seriously, I make time for my family and give up riding time quite oftern because as much as I love motorcycles, riding and the biker brotherhood, I love my wife, kids, and family more than anything in the world.

O.K., I'm done being mushy now.

Tech. tip #6....Saving your scratched paint.



Before you spend money on a paint job for a minor scrape or scratch, have a shop look at it to see if they can wet sand and buff out the scratch on the paint. Don’t be afraid to try wet sanding and buffing before paying for that new paint that someone is trying to sell you. You have nothing to loose.

When I used to work in a body shop, I did wet sanding and buffing all the time to get rid of scrapes and scratches. Plus, I usually did it for free. I was honest about it if I thought I could get out the scrape or scratch without burning through the clear coat. This was a great future sales technique, because a satisfied customer would always come back when they done F’d up their vehicle good in an accident. It was an almost guaranteed comeback to have their collision work done at the shop.

Try a detail shop if you don’t trust the body shop to be honest. The detail shop has nothing to gain by burning through the clear, as you would not have to pay for the job, or shouldn’t anyway if they did burn through your clear coat, where as the body shop does have something to gain, a paint job. However, I know lots of body shop guys who do the same thing I did when I was in the shops still. They too solicit free work on small jobs to gain a bigger future sale. Sometimes the small scratch wet sand and buff job isn’t even worth their paperwork, as it can take only a few minutes to get them out. You just have to feel the shop out, and go with your instincts to see if they are going to really try to help you, and not try to get a sale for paint by burning through the clear coat deliberately. Just like anything, there are honest shops, and not so honest shops.

Sometimes the scratches are just too deep, and that can’t always be found out without trying to wet sand and buff out the scratch. So if you find an honest shop and they try, they’ll be up front with you and let you know it is a 50/50 shot.

Vincent Black Shadow.

One of my favorite shots. I took this picture at Daytona a few years back. I got lucky with the composition too.

Nice Laverda SFC twin set up as an "Endurance Racer".

The front Drum makes me think this is a 1972 or so.


Biker joke (Warning) "mildly explicit"

Three men, a Doctor, and Lawyer, and Biker were sitting at a bar drinking, and shoting the sh*t.
They got to talking about what they got their wives for their last anniversaries.

The doctor took sip of his martini and said I got my wife a diamond ring and a Mercedes. That way if she didn't like the diamond ring, she would know how much I love her because of the very expensive car I bought her.

The lawyer took a sip of his scotch and said I got my wife a pearl necklace and a trip to the Bahamas. That way she would know how much I love her, even if she didn't like the necklace.

The biker took a big swig of his beer, farted, and burped, and said I got my wife a Harley t-shirt, and a vibrator. That whay if she didn't like the shirt she could go "F" herself.

Ba-Dum-Bum

Just because you can doesn't mean you necessarily should.

I, being a custom painter an all by ex trade, love all things custom. I do like some stock stuff too, but almost, (O.K.) everything I've ever owned, has practically been customized in some way. I used to not know when to quit. I couldn't always judge when enough was enough, and more was too much. My wife has been great at pointing out when I've reached this point over the years, and has helped me find subtlty in customs. This makes for a classy custom look, rather than loud and what I consider gaudy custom. I've been working on perfecting this over the years, and have actually started getting a reputation for subtle custom paint that some folks have noticed, and even commented on.

This brings me to, "Just because you can, doesn't mean you necesarily should."
I've been a fan of customs as long as I can remember. I do even love customs that are not subtle, however, I've seen some stuff out there that makes me wonder why? Again "Just because you can, doesn't mean you necesarily should."

I'm not going to pick on any one bike builder/artist, because without pushing the envelope on going to extremes, all things would remain stagnant, however, while pushing extremes, can't you look at the bike-paint job, etc. and go, O.K., that's enough, lets call it good before it goes to the point of being just plain rediculous. Who wants to ride this Sh*t anyway? And if it's just for show, What a waste. O.K. Done ranting. Thanks for listening to me. This post was inspired by a rediculous custom that I saw recently. Great bike builder known for Extremes.

Beautiful chromed out BSA Lightening.


1949 Triumph Speed Twin


Just a phase... Yeah right!

And your parents thought it was just a phase!




Boy did they get that one wrong!

Desmosedici RR

Spotted on the road in Oregon recently. Nice $70k++ ride.






Moto Guzzi Lemans 850


Been gone for awhile

Sorry about my absenteism on my comments last week, but I was on the North Shore on a camping trip with the wife and kids, and no computer service up there.

I brought back some pictures to share.


Cool lighthouse



Split Rock Lighthouse



Gooseberry Falls running with high fast water



More Gooseberry Falls



North Shore in the Gun Flint



North Shore in the Gun Flint



I collect knives, So I had to bring home this souveneir!






I checked my google reader. Over 100 and some blog posts unread!
I'll never get caught up!
Nice to be back.

Vincent HRD single cylinder 500




I don't know much about the Vincent Singles. Works of art though.

A perfect Yamaha RZ350

I realize that I've already got a dedicated 2-stroke blog going on the side but this bike is just too clean to leave out of here. Perfect stock RZ's are rare indeed. This one's owned by John Ursini. I caught it at the Riding into History Show in St Augustine. Really nice ride.


Beautiful old BSA Two Speed


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Honda RC45


A beautiful picture from my ride today

I was on a back country road takin in the scenery, and had to take a picure as it was such a breathtaking road.

Figured I'd share it with you.


Isn't it beautiful?
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I did have to watch closely for sheep though. I didn't want to hit one with the bike!

Stunning. Superhawk based? Cafe Racer.


New technology in elcetric motorcycles


I hear there is a more powerfull longer lasting battery coming in the market that will make electric motorcycles the wave of the future.











Rickman Specials by Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson wrote in when he saw some pictures I posted of his bikes in earlier posts. I've never met him personally but I've seen his bikes up close (when I photographed them at Daytona) and they are simply outstanding.

Robert writes.

A little timeline for you.
The Black Honda, stock 1973 rolling chassis with Dunstall hand and foot controls and Read Titan bodywork came to me originally thought to be all Dunstall. I started that bike, then the orange Rickman, which I had been pestering the previous owner for almost 20 years, came my way, crashed, but not bent. That one took a year to complete. Attachment above shows photo of me with the Rickman Brothers at last years AMA Concourse event. Got back to the Read Titan bike, finished it, then got a call from Craig Vetter, who raced the green Rickman back in the day. He gave the AMA museum that bike back in the 90's when they inducted him into the Hall of Fame. He wanted the bike restored for the upcoming "Cafe Specials" display at Mid O in July, as well as a show at the ACE Cafe in London in September. I spent all Winter getting it ready for the RIH event, which it never made it to as you know. Craig Vetter has been tracking the restoration on his website if your interested. www.craigvetter.com Go to "motorcycle design" then find the link to "Vetter Rickman racing", follow that to the bottom of the page and see "restoration".
Nickel is gorgeous, if it's not too badly corroded. I was fortunate in not having to replate either frame. I'm told chrome is too brittle for real bikes, but not show bikes. I'm also not sure how easy it is to get nickel done these days due to environmental issues.
I feel your pain concerning 2 stroke triples. I grew up in a Kaw/Suzuki shop in the late 60's/early 70's. I just sold a 69 H-1, already regretting that. Still own my original 1971 T350 and 1972 GT-750 Suzuki's as well as a Canadian Model RZ350. Given the increased interest in 2 stroke triples, this is one trend I might actually be ahead of.
Keep up the good work.