Saturday, October 31, 2009

Looking Forward to the Night...

Happy Halloween kids. Do something dark tonight...

ZON Costume Contest WINNER!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Daytona '09

Our Daily Sled # 121

Oh baby...

Tank You

Monkey on Football

Maxton last weekend. Studying this photo I can see several places the BonnePan needs some LSR type attention.

#1 - another inch is going to come out of the front fork springs - there is still too much rake in the bike so it can sit lower yet.

#2 - that extra wide K&N filter element has to go because it is pushing my right leg outboard WAY too far creating massive drag on the right side.

#3 - the tach mount needs to move from the top of the triple tree to somewhere lower, possibly on the left side of the bike below the tank but in view from the saddle.

#4 - the seat height is too high, I need to be basically sitting on the frame. At Bonneville the bike will pass tech like that, at Maxton I'm not so sure. Either way the seat is dropping pronto.

#5 - The floorboards need to be moved to about 6" in front of the rear axle.

All those changes, if done correctly, should create a smaller front silhouette and therefore a slipperier machine.

My kind of Coffee Table

Living room furnishings and more can be found here at txdennis -

Ear Candy #1

Ridiculously loud swirling crunchy chords made by ancient Jazzmasters pushing through vintage Marshall cabinets - yummy. Good stuff to have on cutting through rush hour logjams at twice the legal limit - check out Swervedrivers Mezcal Head.

Cycle Porn # 73

Our Daily Sled # 120

I'm totally on-board until the trailer fender...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our Daily Sled # 119

Dale's Maxton Flatthead. Wicked in it's simplicity.

Easing her in...

Love that look.

Cycle Porn # 72

Matt's Shovel built by Cro Customs.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Johnny Be Good!

Gettin it.

Our Daily Sled # 118

The Biz.

Santapod '67

This pic kills on so many levels... Hey he's got my kickstand!


Ya sure, but the serial numbers are so bogus. Cool beans.

Apex of the Bell Curve

Seattle 1934. Thanks for the pic Greg!

Cycle Porn # 71

Chris Carr (I think) @ Sturgis. I took so many that night and all were way blurry except for this one... He was ON FIRE that night.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Maxton in-FULL

The only sign I could find telling me I had arrived.

Jon and I pose with the BonnePan post-storm as the sunset went off.
Dennis and Gene admire the flatty.

Gene added a dual carb set-up to his LSR for this falls go.

I arrived so late on Saturday all I could show for the first day of racing were these semi-dramatic shots of the Pan at dusk.

After the sun set Jon and I headed out to the course to check the line...

We decided to take a slow roll down the course to feel it out a little. The sky was eerie that night, we also knew earlier that day the track had taken another racers life which added a heavy weight to the night air. The sky was doing the spooky thing too.

Here was the trickiest part of the course. We studied it over and over trying to figure out the best possible line through the battered blacktop. As it turned out the best strategy at full throttle was just keeping your bucking hardtail as close to the white line as possible.

Late night meeting of the minds...

Early the next morning Brian and Jon begin to prep the bikes for Sundays events.

As the sun comes up over the tree line last minute details are nailed down.

One of Dale's entries from the Wheels Through Time Museum. Dale came down with the flu on Saturday which ended up putting him in bed for most of the day. Sunday he decided to become our crew chief/den mother for the days racing. His helping hand was much appreciated by me.

Gene prepping the flatty as Dale looks on.

Jon was the first one of us to take a run. Unfortunately he only improved upon his last years record by 1 MPH - @ 98. According to Jon the bike never seemed to really clear out it's lungs and scream. Jon's flathead would not be the only bike in our stable feeling under the weather.

Detail of Gene's dual-carb clean machine.

Our support vehicle for the day got more attention at times then our race bikes...

A lot of waiting in line on Sunday due to the horrible events the day before which shut racing down early and forced everyone to stay and compete on Sunday. Thats Rivet from Jersey on the far left - a good guy!


Brian about to get his record run for the day. I think he went somewhere in the 100mph range which was very respectable even with a strong 12MPH head wind.

Brian beaming after his record run. His shock dampening set-up came right out of the history books and proved to be very helpful on the bumpy course.

Had a great time overall at Maxton. The event was somewhat down due to the death of a rider on Saturday. The weather was so-so at best and the direct/constant head wind took a huge toll on the top speeds. I ended up taking only 2 runs and suffered jetting problems at full-throttle both times. Even after dropping 8 teeth on the rear sprocket which should have given me Bonneville speeds, I only managed to muster a 110 top speed at the traps. Wish I could have taken one more pass with a larger main jet just to see what would have happened...
Having said all that I did have good time in N.C. with the crew. We got to play with cool old bikes for a couple days and slept under the stars (so to speak). Will I go back next year? Not sure at the moment - I heard there is a track in Maine that is a smooth as a babies bottom and as wide as football field.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Back from Maxton!

Maxton coverage coming soon. For now here's a pic of the BonnePan Saturday night at the track after a hard rain. That's the timing stand in the background. I have plenty to tell so stay tuned.

Friday, October 23, 2009

...3 Tons of um.

Epic film - epic shirt.

Dave's Pan

I met Dave via Shoe this year in Davenport. Nice guy, killer sickle.

Cycle Porn # 70

Jim & Gene, Hell Michigan early 70's.

Our Daily Sled # 117

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Most of the stuff the Jokers build is dead delectable.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Going to Maxton!

Gene's LSR bike at his home stable. The decal above comes with the pleasure of lighting the wick in anger at Maxton.

Looks like I'll be able to make some runs at Maxton too. Looking forward to seeing all the bikes and catching up with the crew. The timing was tight for me so with a 650 mile drive (each way) I'll only be able to run on Sunday. It's kinda funny, 1300 miles of travel to make a 1-mile pass. This is what happens when you really get the disease.
I'm hoping to break my 125mph top speed on the BonnePan.
Needles to say I'll be away from the ZEN den for a few but I'll take plenty of pics for all you guys. Cheers!