BADASS KZ650 Cafe Racer

Can anyone tell me what brand pipe that is. I REALLY want one for mine. The blackout wheel treatment is sweet too.

Coolest Biker Blog Name yet...

Carburetorman in A Fuel-Injected World

Boy do I ever feel that way sometimes! Check em out!

Beautiful Norton Cafe.

Totally sweet CB160 Honda Cafe Racer

Damm this looks like a fun time!

Go and check ot McMads Cycles over in the links

His latest Guzzi post is pure porn. Here's a taste.. and a link...

Pic of the week with a tattoo side note

When I woke up this morning, it was beautiful outside. Instead of just putting my dog out on the leash, I went outside with him. The grass was still wet with dew, and the sun was shining. The sunshine cascading on this dew laden cobweb caught my eye like a shiny coin would on black tar. The spider was in the middle. It was a classic picture of nature and it's beauty. It was one of those simpler things in life that make you realize how beautiful nature can be. I quickly got my camera to captured the moment.

Then I got to thinking.
I love cobwebs. They are really pretty, as long as you aren't walking through one. They also look pretty cool, and signify a sort of toughness. I've even got an old cobweb or spider web tattoo on my right shoulder. It's got a Black Widow in the center.

I remember thinking that I always thought that those cobwebs on the elbows looked pretty cool. When I got that tattoo I seriously pondered getting one one my elbow instead of my shoulder.
But I chose not to because I wanted all my tattoos to be able to be covered up by short sleeves for business purposes if I ever got a job where it really mattered.

Here is a picture of a dude with the classic elbow cobweb.
Pretty cool.
I had always heard that it had a meaning, but never knew what it was.
The power of the internet revealed to me that typically, the cobweb on someone's elbow signifies that they have been, or still are in prison. An extension or thread is added for each year they spend in the joint.

Funny, I never knew that until now.
I guess we all learn things as we go.

I'm glad that I know now. I'm also glad that I didn't choose an elbow cobweb design for a tattoo back then, not knowing what I know now. Boy would I have looked like a dumb ass at 19 with a tattoo signifying I spent five years in the Pen. That would have meant I was 14 Yrs. old when I started my hardened prison life. LOL!

I always feel like somebody's watching me...

Sometimes when I sit at my desk, clickity clackity clacking away at the keyboard typing this drivel that you sometimes come to read, I get the distinct feeling like I'm being watched.
Kinda like somebody or something is lurking over my shoulder, ready to pounce at any given minute.

Must just be paranoia.

Origami Bike! Bimota DB6

I'm not usually a fan of the robo-styling but this one's not bad...

Tularis Video! Maybe the coolest 2 stroke ever built.

I've personally seen this bike run at Daytona when it was just completed. It was entered to do some "Parade laps" in what was supposed to be a mellow few laps by "Past Champions". Well he whacked that bike wide open around the high banks and was just whailing it. The sound was unbelievable but sadly it had to be cut short as the carbon fiber fuel tank had developed a small crack and was leaking fuel so unfortunately he had to cut it short. This was around 2000 or 2001 and the bikes performance and potential was nothing short of jaw dropping.

One BADASS Buell Flattracker...

This thing must be a freaking ummm...

..."blast" to ride... ?

ugh.. sorry bout that.. :)

Thanks again go to Pete Giammalvo for the pics!

Maybe the perfect XS650 bobber. update..

These are getting extremely popular and I think it's the best I've seen yet. I can't see a single thing on this bike that I would change. Right down to the flatslides and disappearing pipes.

Almost forgot. If you like the Japanese Customs go check out JF Sebastians blog "Japanese Bobbers" Some really great stuff there.

Hey There little red riding ...trike?

Custom trikes usually aren't my thing but this picture from reader Christi Kapp has something about it. The builder had a sense of humor along with some serious fab skills. Thanks for the pics!

Christi writes:

This is a trike built by Art In Motion, LLC called “Flyin’ Trike” – it was inspired by the Little Red Rider Tricycle that many of us had as kids… the “bells” are actually Arlen Ness hand controls, the fringe is chrome leather… and we chromed the front fender too to match the little trike. We took this photo in the Badlands of South Dakota just after Sturgis last year.


I'm back in the saddle again.

Kenny sitting on the ground ready to roll (Like it should be).

By 10:30 last night Kenny was released from his time out on the trailer and was breathing thunder again.

After disassembly, checking everything I could possibly check, it turned out that all that was wrong was the connections were getting loose and corroded. Not like battery acid green corroded, but like black shit between the connectors at the battery post corroded. Really only the positive side, but I sanded both clean, and got good tight contact. This is all it took.

Thanks for well wishes, and advise. I know I can count on many of you who gave me advise if I ever need it in the future. Maybe I'll save myself some more money by doing some other maintenance myself from here on out.

I've always done my own body work and paint, and do just about any home building project, but have never ventured deeply into mechanics. I've learned something here. I can do some things like this myself, I can save some serious ching doing so, and I've got friends out there willing to lend good advise.


Moto Parilla Cafe Racer

David Maritn Writes:

Pure Sex Boyo!

Couldn't have said it better myself! Wow! I'm going to make a wild guess that it's a "Sport Special"?? 150 maybe? I'm obviously not a Parilla aficionado so please set me straight. Sex on wheels though.

Bad motorcycle! Go to your trailer!

On Saturday from 10:30 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon, I spent power washing my deck, in preparation to sand and re-stain. It was actually a lot of work. I rewarded myself with a trip to the liquor store, bought a case of beer, and came home. Savored a beer, and decided I should also reward myself with a nice long bike ride. So off I went. I rode for a good while, letting the stresses of the day blow off of me in the wind on a nice long winding back road that I like to ride. I stopped for gas, got on the bike, turned the key, and nothing. No lights, no click, no starter, no nothing. This is a good way to ruin a ride. I've had problems with the starter a bit before when it's hot, but always seems to work on a second try. This was not the starter. Like I said, no nothing, not even a click. I checked my battery terminal connections, etc., and all were tight. I got ahold of my mechanic via cell phone, and explained the situation. He said, he's seen this happen 3-4 times on Sportys in the last 10 years. He said it sounds like my positive cable has a short. He said if I can find the pigtail coming off of it and isolate it, I might be able to bypass and jump it. Me not being a mechanic, which is why I called him in the first place, really did not understand exactly what he was saying. I caught him with almost no battery life left on his cell phone so he could not talk long either. He was out, so cell was his only way to talk. I said I've got no tools with me to do squat. I was lucky to use my key to get the back screw off to get my seat off to access the cables. I believe the next thing I heard was "Hmmm, Your fucked. Get a tow, or a trailer."

So begins Kenny's punishment. He Shall be banished to a trailer for not starting. I called my wife, (God, I hate when I have to do that), who does not drive with a trailer, and kindly asked her to pick me up. She couldn't get the heavy trailer out of the shed and hooked up so I'd have to backtrack. She drove all the way out to where I was and picked me up. I drove home with her, then drove back with the trailer and picked up the bike and headed home again. It was dark by the time I finally arrived back home with Kenny in tow on my trailer. I had a beer, showered, and hit the sack. It was a long shitty day.

Update. Yesterday morning, I was up bright and early. I'm up to my elbows doing surgery on Kenny, when My wife finds me in the garage working, and say's "I thought you were going to help me today." (I did say I would). We had lot's of things to do for preparation for going to her sister's house for Father's day.

Prior to my wife reminding me that I had other commitments, I was able to test the battery. It had 12.53 volts, so the battery was clearly not the problem. My mechanic, Stormy might just be right on this one . The battery is now out of the bike. This was the last I've done on it.
Kenny's still in solitary confinement on his trailer.
Naughty bike.

If any of you gear heads have any ideas on why he is misbehaving, I'll gladly take advise. I am for once, going to try to fix this one on my own. I do still have to check the positive cable though. That won't happen till tonight (maybe).

June 6th 2009.... WOW!!!!

June 6th 2009.... Go here and just keep scrolling. A BIG thank you to regular contributor Mr David Martin for the link to these fantastic photographs.

Dave Writes:
June 6th was a big day it was in all of the papers here's what the old motorcycle boys done to remember it scroll half way down the pictures before you understand how many people took part , great effort dave

Almost forgot....

Happy Fathers Day!

1946 Moto Guzzi Military Issue Superalce 500 single.

Easily one of the most interesting passenger accommodations I've ever seen!

The 59 Club History.... or why I gave up on words and decided to stick to pictures.

Oh don't get me wrong I do enjoy writing and I can to spin a good yarn over a cold beer with the best of them. And if I have the extra few minutes to spare I might actually include a little anecdote or two to the pictures I post.

But before I commit to a half dozen paragraphs relating to "all things motorcycle"I like to go out and see what the other like minded souls are going on about. I figure that maybe there's a general "topic du jour" and I might have something useful to contribute.

And then after seeing what the "real" talent can do I decide to just leave it to those folks who truly have the skills.

Ahem...For example...

I've been doing a bit of research on the recent death of Reverand Bill Shergold who was the founder of the legendary 59 Club. There are some good sources of information out there and I thought I could spin together a short biography on the life of very interesting man who is a little known icon of Cafe Racer/Sportbike history. He's the kind of person that all bikers (but especially the "No Fear" sportbike crowd) should know about. It's like being a football fan and not knowing the first thing about Vince Lombardi. S0 off to google for some poking around...

.... and I come across THIS ARTICLE over on the Vintagent blog (head over and read it I'll wait).....

.....and I am once again reminded why I lean towards pictures instead of words. While I don't think I'd bore anyone to death I wouldn't be able to match this article on my best most clearheaded and most inspired day. So if you haven't already, do yourself a favor and head over to The Vintagent and get a REAL education on motorcycle History (along with some of the best writing this side of real rubber tires and exposed valve trains). Not the televised and magazine based history but the foggy history of the sport with scans of tattered old pictures of grimy faces boys and stories of long dead and long forgotten heroes from the days when motorcycles were..

OK OK... I'll shut up now.

Just go read it already. You wont be sorry.

Honda CR72 Thanks to regular contributor Dave Martin

Honda CL 70... Cafe Racer! (update)

Ted Guthrie keeps sending in some really great stuff. He caught this one at Vintage Motorcycle Days a few years ago. What a cool build! When I was 12 I would have done anything for a ride like this! Well Done!

Thanks again Ted!

While we're at it, he also included some sweet Ducati singles from the same show. I do love those little ducks..

Kawasaki LTD 1000

A very low mileage original

Reader Ride. Ducati Scrambler

Cesar Vergara Sends in these great pics of his Ducati Scrambler

He Writes:

I live in Miami beach …. It hasn’t been one day that people don’t stop me and comment on how good the bike looks. I love my Ducati.

NO DOUBT!! Thanks for the pics! Here's a link to an earlier post of a similar bike belonging to friend of mine.

Tattoo Zone

O.K.; This is just plain fuckin funny!

My wife (who is tattoo-less) e-mailed this to me.
Hey if we can't laugh at ourselves, then what fun is life?

I've got Tattoos in the Green "Socially acceptable rebellious zone", in the Dark Green "Warning 67% chance of dragons, wings, or equivalent faggy lameness zone", and on my chest, which is not mentioned here.

I know I've got to have some internet pals out there with tats in "OTHER" places, and it's all good.

So, pony up; Where are yours?

RECONNECTED! The best 2 laps of MotoGP I've ever seen. Rossi vs Lorenzo.

Reader Ride! Honda "Super Four" CB400

All the way from Manila, Philippines. Thanks Very Much to reader Isleta Digoy for sending in such a cool ride. I love the Repsol paint scheme. This would also fall under the category of really cool bikes that we don't get in the U.S.

Just a quick heads up to a new blog I'm following.

Please take a minute to check out caferacerheaven (aka:bmwcafe) over on my links. Really great stuff!