Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Gino Loves 2...


...get his hands on anything that needs to be polished. Devil's Angels, ice-cold vodka and panhead jewelry - tonight was good night spent with GREAT friends.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hibernation Soon...

Some folks don't like winter much but I do. I know that on the other side of it's chilly grip there will be a new machine for me to ride based on that little motor in the corner that followed me home the other day. Winter is a time to create and the juice is flowing.

Cycle Porn #208

Friday, October 28, 2011

Kill His Hands!

I watched Cycle Savages with Motoguru tonight. Funny as hell.

Cycle Porn #207

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Our Daily Sled #242

I LOVE this bike. A page out of my own book. Click title for more Righteousness.

Cycle Porn #206

Barber goodness.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rosemary's Bling




I've been making a lot of jewelry for Rosemary lately. Finished the windshield lower last week and the rear skirt a couple weeks before that. The trumpets were a Wauseon find and the brooks saddle was pulled out of a pile at Davenport. The saddle's grab handle skirt I made at the end of last winter. There are still a few other cosmetic things to tackle and an intake leak I'm about to dive into but all in all I love this bike.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dyno Day





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When I came back from Bonneville last year with a hole in the rear piston I had no idea the extent or length of the re-build that fate had in store for me. The hole in the piston was just the beginning. I could bore you to death with everything that was changed, cut-off, re-welded, re-engineered, re-thought and or completely re-done. MANY hurdles, everything from a trans that was ready to explode to a 9" long crack in the right-side engine case that left us all reeling. But thanks to a bunch of very good friends stepping up with much needed parts, and a TON of thanks to Lurch and his son Tommy from Motor-Tec for coming up with a engineering strategy and then expertly implementing the entire build we have arrived at the launching pad with a potent panhead. In the first dyno runs we are already seeing the potential and we still have more RPM's and sprocket's to play with - the motor is not even broken in. We just missed Speed Week this year but we will be at Bonneville this coming August and we may even do some shake-down runs at this new track south of Toledo that the ECTA is going to start using in the spring. I'm STOKED and would like to thank some people - I can't stress enough how good it was working with Tommy and Lurch. They were the glue when I'd lose faith. I'm pretty convinced when it comes to the Milwaukee iron Lurch is a genius who proved to never be out of good ideas. I hope I get to continue working with these guys on a couple other projects I have brewing right now. Another local genius I need to thank is Slo-Joe Gardella who did some brilliant machine work on a mismatched engine case that would have sent most guys running for the hills. Picky Jim from Idaho dug up a very clean engine case out of his stash for Joe to grind away on - thanks Jim. Another key contributor is John from The Shop in Brownstown who supplied most of everything else needed. My longtime skateboarding buddy Steve fabricated the rear fender and it's mounting system to withstand 100mph plus runs on that very unfriendly Utah salt. Last but most definitely not least is Dwayne from the metal shop here at work who did a ton of stuff for me on the last two builds - another genius who turns my crazy ideas into reality and never backs down from a challenge. So thanks to all these top-shelf guys and anyone else who I may have left out. Now it's just a matter of waiting for August and our third shot at the record books.

Birthday Bros.

Celebrated 3 birthdays last week, Greg, Marcel and Greasy Dave all added one more year to their personal histories. All shown with official ZON b-day skulls.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's ALIVE!

Dyno runs finished today. It's a BEAST. Can't wait for the salt. More to come...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Chuckamatic's Sanctuary

Chuckamatic builds some very nice bikes. He obviously has a keen eye for proportion and stance. I've had two (now three) of his creations on the ZON up to this point. I had no idea these bikes all came from the same guy. Well today I found his blog - The Sanctuary - and now I'd like to give the man the credit he deserves. Click the post title for the jump - enjoy!

Our Daily Sled #241

Early Adaptor

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Barber Vintage Festival - PT3 WOD






It was a good show - but difficult to shoot, not as difficult as riding a 400 pound 70 year old motorcycle up a vertical wall but still a challenge.... Great show, don't miss it if you get the chance.

Sister Golden Hair #48

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Barber Vintage Festival - PT2












Some pics from the spectator bike show...the MASSIVE museum post still to come.

Monday, October 17, 2011

True Love

Our Daily Sled #240

Steve Hatch's choice sporty.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Look Ma, No Smoke!

Canadian Chris with his new and improved FL! A few weeks ago he never would have been leading the pack but thanks to new valves, seals and guides he's now on point! I kinda miss the drama of the smoke though...