Zero mile Commando


Sold yesterday on Ebay

Offered for sale by Sonny Angel. I am his son-in-law, selling bikes on his behalf. Sonny's wife Chris passed away last month after a four year battle with cancer, and Sonny, now 86, is looking to retire from the motorcycle business. I will be listing several other bikes for sale, and all are available for viewing at his shop, Sonny Angel Motorcycles, in National City, California. This is a privately-owned motorcycle, not a shop bike.

For sale is a 1975 Norton Commando 850cc Interstate, black, with zero miles. Bike has never seen the light of day. Sonny purchased the bike in 1975, and placed in the back of his shop for safe keeping. The crate has been sitting in the same spot since 1975, and still has the original two metal bands around the cardboard box. The room was not temperature controlled, so condition of the bike inside the crate is unknown. I can not see the bike, but I can see the rear wheel and spokes through an opening (pictured). Looks to be in good shape. The box has bike parts stacked on top, but they have not damaged the cardboard.

Of course, the value of this bike comes from the fact that the crate has never been opened, and has no miles. Any serious buyer will understand our reasons for not opening the crate and taking photographs. We will be glad to show the crate to any serious buyer, please contact me first to make an appointment.

This may be the ONLY zero-mile, crated Commando in existence. Don't pass up this opportunity to own a rare example of motorcycle history.

Willing to ship the motorcycle within the lower 48 US states, buyer responsible for coordinating the shipment and ALL associated costs. Shipping to east coast with Forward Air runs about $850. Will place the crate inside a motorcycle shipping container, well protected. Willing to ship internationally, but buyer must make ALL shipping arrangements. Will deliver the crate to a port/shipping company of your choice, within 200 miles of San Diego, or make available for pickup.

Non-refundable deposit of $500 required within 48 hours of auction end. Winning bid must be paid in full within 7 days, or motorcycle will be relisted. Paypal preferred. Bank transfer and cash also accepted.

Reserve set, and will not be disclosed. Depending on bid progression, reserve may be removed. Looking to raise funds to ensure Dad has a good quality of life in retirement.

And my question is: what will do the new lucky owner? will he ride the bike or keep it in the sitting room between the TV and the chimney??

Merçi FuFu


See Torch at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show

See me at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show Saturday December 3rd at the Dallas Convention Center. They have all kinds of neat things going on this year.

Start reading about last years show here:

From New York to California, the 12-city nationwidetour of the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®offers more than 500,000 consumers and 900 exhibitors from all powersportslifestyle interests an all access pass to the world of motorcycling. Withhundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVsfor both new and experienced riders, the world’s largest traveling powersportsevent gives enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to check out the latestgear and aftermarket accessories. The show also offers entertainment includinga thrilling trials stunt show from The Smage Bros, made famous by their top 10finish in a nationally televised talent competition; a custom bike competitionoffering over $90,000 in prize money and featuring $20 million worth ofmotorcycle machinery; an all-new exclusive Kawasaki Design-A-Bike digital lightpainting experience; information tailored for women riders, learning experiencesand more. 

The Progressive® InternationalMotorcycle Shows® is announcing its newest feature to join the 2011/2012 tour. Kawasaki and the ProgressiveInternational Motorcycle Shows have licensed an exclusive technology from Lumacoustics to offer an all-new experience forshow goers called: KawasakiDesign-A-Bike, which is a state-of-the-artinteractive digital wall display that provides motorcycle enthusiasts with atrue hands-on creative experience. The life size display allows users tovirtually design their own custom exterior paint and graphics package on aselected Kawasaki motorcycle. Kawasaki will showcase its stylish Vulcan®1700 Vaquero®, the multi-championship-winning KX450F, and the awardwinning Ninja®1000 as two-wheeledcanvases. This new feature will be available at each show.  

“The all-new KawasakiDesign-A-Bike feature offered exclusively at the Progressive InternationalMotorcycle Shows is cool, state-of-the-art technology that allows customers tobetter interact with our products. We strive to innovate in this highlycompetitive market, and the new Kawasaki Design-A-Bike system truly delivers.This feature will travel with the 2011/2012 shows, offering a fun and excitingnew hands-on experience directly to 500,000 current and potential customers,”said Chris Brull, director, marketing communications at Kawasaki. 

November 18-20, 2011 San Mateo County Event Center San Mateo, CA
December 2-4, 2011 Dallas Convention Center Dallas, TX
December 9-11, 2011 Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach, CA
December 16-18, 2011    Washington State Convention Center Seattle, WA
January 6-8, 2012          Suburban Collection Showplace Novi, MI 
January 13-15, 2012 Washington Convention Center Washington D.C.
January 20-22, 2012 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY
January 27-29, 2012 I-X Center Cleveland, OH
February 3-5, 2012        Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis, MN 
February 10-12, 2012 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Chicago, IL
February 24-26, 2012 Charlotte Convention Center Charlotte, NC
March 14-17, 2012       Ocean Center Daytona Beach, FL

The ProgressiveInternational Motorcycle Shows will launch the Ultimate BuilderCustom Bike Show,an elite-level custom motorcycle builder competition, in San Mateo, Calif., thefirst stop of its nationwide tour. Contestants are encouraged to enter at any and all of the 12 shows for achance to win a piece of the $90,000 cash purse, more than any buildercompetition in the world. Four cash prize winners will be chosen at each show and at a special United StatesChampionship finale set to take place at the Daytona Progressive InternationalMotorcycle Show during Daytona Bike Week, March 12-17, 2012. With more than 500custom-built bikes on display across the country, the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show sets itself apart as the world’slargest touring custom bike competition.

“Followingthe tremendous success of last year’s Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Showthat saw more than 300 bikes compete, we are thrilled it returns this year forall 12-stops on the tour,” said Progressive International Motorcycle Shows BrandDirector KerryGraeber. “This head-to-head motorcycle matchup offers attendees a chance to seehundreds of truly amazing motorcycles valued at more than $20 million.Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the artists who create theseunique designs and even vote for their favorite.”

The UltimateBuilder Custom Bike Show will host four classes of competition including Hot Bike’s Modified Harley, Super Streetbike’s Performance CustomSportbike, Freestyle and, new this year, Retro Mod. Judging will be conducted by the competitorsthemselves, with the top builders in each class receiving awards, in additionto a special “People’s Choice” award given to the builder who receives the mostvotes from show attendees. An awards ceremony will take place at each showwhere winners will receive cash prizes and trophies followed by a shortinterview so attendees can learn the story behind the award-winning bikes.

Attendees who vote for the“People’s Choice” award are automatically entered to win a custom-built HondaFury, sponsored by The customized Honda Fury built by will be featured at each ofthe tour stops, located at the Voting Center, nextto the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.One winner will be

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Kicks-OffTourwide Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show – Page 2

selected at the conclusionof the tour during Daytona Bike Week. UltimateBuilder Custom Bike Show coverage and results will be posted at Space at each Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is limited. Interested custombuilders should log on to www.motorcycleshows.comor call Biker Pros at 919/450-5060 for moredetails. 

Hope to see you there, and don't forget bikes park free!

Cast Iron Magazine


Laurent Bagnard is not a newcomer to the world of custom. After founding Powerglide magazine, participated during years at all major events, photographed the most famous, having published several books including the famous Go with Moon (story of Mooneyes), Laurent and his team are now coming out the first issue of Cast Iron.

Cast Iron quarterly smells good metal, asphalt and valve amps.
It's more than a simple magazine for the quality of its binding, its contents, texts in English and French. If you like Hot Rodding, the underground custom, rock music, Cast-Iron is for you, but beware! once again ...
there won't be enough for everyone ...!

sold online and in a few shops, you can order it now on our site.

In addition, we offer you, the book of Laurent Bagnard 'Rebel Motorcycles Ltd', a selection of images of today greatest bike builders , the most influentials ones and not
necessarily the richest ones !

Also available on our store right now!

Laurent Bagnard n'est pas un nouveau venu dans l'univers du custom. Après avoir fondé Powerglide magazine, participé à tous les events majeurs, photographié les plus grands, après avoir publié plusieurs livres dont le fameux Go with Moon (histoire de Mooneyes), Laurent et son équipe sortent maintenant le premier numéro de Cast Iron.
Cast Iron trimestriel sent bon le métal,l'asphalte et l'ampli à tube. C'est bien plus qu'un simple magazine par la qualité de sa reliure, son contenu, ses textes en Anglais et en Français. Si vous aimez le Hot Rodding, le custom et le rock underground vous serez servi, mais attention ! encore une fois...

il n'y en aura pas pour tout le monde...!

vendu par correspondance dès à présent sur nôtre site.

En outre, nous vous proposons, le livre de Laurent Bagnard "Rebel Motorcycles Ltd", une sélection d'images des plus grands bike builders actuels, les plus influents et pas forcément les plus riches !

Disponible aussi sur nôtre shop


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Ride on,

Southsiders Babe November 2011


The Southsiders babe of the month is the work of an unknown but admirable photographer, Miroslav Tichy. this Czech just passed away at the age of 84. He was street photographer and loved photographing women.
He built his own cameras and enlargers with cardboards, made himself his own frames.

His images, abstract and full of imperfections exude a timeless and mysterious atmosphere.

Tichy says:

Photography is painting with light! The blurs, the spots, those are errors! But the errors are part of it, they give it poetry and turn it into painting. And for that you need as bad a camera as possible! If you want to be famous, you have to do whatever you're doing worse than anyone else in the whole world.


I've been chosen to participate in Crown Royal's #PASSTHECROWN Gift Exchange.

 I've been chosen to participate in Crown Royal's #PASSTHECROWN Gift Exchange.


• There will be a random selection where each influencer will be provided a selection order from one (1) to twenty (20), the total number of influencers participating.

•  The first day of the game, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. ET, the first influencer will be sent a digitally embroidered Crown Royal bag (example mockup image below).  Since they are the first person, they will not have a choice on whether to open it or not.  The bag will be accompanied by a photo and description of their gift for the influencer to post on their site, Tweet about and include in a Facebook update.  Remember, other than the bottles of Crown Royal (see Misc. below), you will be receiving two of each gift – one for you and one for a lucky adult reader (21+, to be distributed however you deem fit), so they should be very interested as they have a shot at winning too!

• After each gift is opened a group e-mail will be sent from to all participating influencers alerting them which influencer received (or stole) which gift.  This note will also serve as a daily reminder of which day you will be selecting on.

• The next morning, suspense will start to build as the second influencer will receive a clue to their gift via another digitally embroidered bag that the influencer will post to their site, Tweet about and include in a Facebook update.  The goal is to engage your readers and followers to see what they think is in the bag and provide feedback on whether you should open it and discover what gift is inside or steal the present opened by the first influencer.

• You will have until 4 p.m. ET that day to obtain feedback from your readers and let us know your decision.  If you decide to open the bag, we will send you a photo and description of the gift for you to share with your readers.  If you decide to steal the gift from the first influencer, we will send you a photo and description of that gift and alert the first influencer that their gift has been stolen.  We will then send the first influencer the gift that was contained in your bag. If the influencer does not respond by 5 p.m. ET they will automatically keep their bag and open the gift.

• Again, a group e-mail will be sent from to all participating influencers alerting them which influencer received which gift and who stole what from whom.

• The process will continue throughout the program until all gifts had been distributed.  Upon completion, the influencer with the first pick will be given the opportunity to steal any gift for the last time. Once the first person goes for the last time, the game is over and all of the gifts will be mailed.

Here is my hint photo:

So, do I keep it or trade for some of the other prizes?

Custom bags are available available to adults (21+) on for $9.95 and feature a max of 40 characters –perfect for the person who says it short and sweet. Or, your readers canpersonalize a Crown Royal bottle label – for free.


This Month's Header-First Ride

WTF? This Month's Header explanation is a bit late, but is about and dedicated to First Rides. (Since no photos exist of this machine, I decided to illustrate this story)

When I say First Rides, I'm talking about that first time you rode a two wheeler powered by something other than your own two feet.

Here's how my story goes....

I'm the youngest of 3 boys, all two years apart. My oldest brother Lewy says the year was either 1964 or '65. This would mean he was about 13 or 14 years old, my next brother was 11 or 12, and I was 9 or 10.

He says that a friend from school with the last name Cruise had a homemade mini-bike and was in the process of upgrading to a better one. He told my brother if he bought 2 wheels with solid rubber tires for $5 dollars he'd give him the frame.

The Beast. A bicycle framed, lawnmower engine powered, push started, clutch-less/direct belt drive, solid rubber wheeled, no brakes suicide machine, on sesame seed bun.

While I don't remember every detail of what went down when my brother first brought it home , I seem to recall that dad was a bit pissed off and it taking him a few days to be OK with it.

A deal was made. If my brothers and I agreed to use the old push mower, then he could borrow the Briggs and Stratton engine from the Craftsman power mower. It was a second hand mower also on the older side, made in the early fifties.

Dad lays down the ground rules before the trial run.

I'll never forget the last part of how that first trial run went. I believe dad tried it out first, deemed it sound, and assembled the troops in the driveway. He then says to my oldest brother, "Take it out around the block... (turning to my brother John), and when he gets back... you can ride it." He pauses a moment, turns to me and says, "You can't ride it... you're to little!"

Since it had no clutch, we pushed Lewy to get it started and off he went. When he returned he shut it down to stop, John climbed aboard, and again we pushed to start it for his turn.

The running hand off. Before long, we came up with a better system. Since it had no clutch, you'd go as slow as possible, jump off and hand it over to the next rider who'd run up beside you. To stop you would kill the throttle lever and let it chug to a halt.

I don't know if it was the disappointment on my face or what, but when my brother John came back, dad said, "Oh... alright, you can try it.... just don't move the throttle lever past here."

What that says about my dad, I'm not sure, but for the next few days we were chasing each other riding what had to be one of the most dangerous vehicles a kid could have fun on... yelling for our turn and smiling ear to ear.

Flatheads Forever. Several years ago, I found the exact same type of engine off another Craftsman mower at a local swap meet for $10. I'd love to recreate that first bike but, with a clutch, pneumatic tires, and brakes. I failed to mention, while riding that deathtrap you had to keep your leg away from the spinning, sock eating, rope starter.

It doesn't seem like we rode it for long and I can't recall why we stopped, or what became of the frame. I do know my oldest brother soon got a better unfinished frame, but that project never got done.

Later, we had proper mini bikes. I got a new Taco 44 and then my brother John got a Flexo Big Bear Scrambler from a friend. That got crazy!

For a lot of us, it's in our blood. Once you get a taste of 2 wheel power, there's no turning back.

I'm sure many of you got your own start in a very similar way.