Thursday, June 30, 2011

love.... cycles

sorry for the overflow of motorbike posts lately, its due to the shit summer we are having and with snowboarding months away i'm getting obsessed with bikes.

so the other day i came across the blog of the heralded bike shop Love Cycles. Now this dude is sweet; he makes cool old school chops and that fact that he and i share the same physique and hairstyle (well, not anymore for me) just makes me want to buy a bike from him. Plus with a name like Love Cycles, you've just got to be down.

i'm gonna start saving my pennies and hopefully one day, i will have some love in my garage... hopefully

Saturday, June 18, 2011

speed racers

Recently, Nan and the boys went up to Oregon Raceway to test out their rides and driving skills on the track. while i wasn't there, Nan has been raving about the experience every since.

now, I really dropped the ball on putting his video footage together, but better late than never i always say. so sit back and enjoy 8 minutes or 3.5 laps of ORP - nice drivin nanny boy!

by the way, i still hate techno, or trance or whatever you call it. but the footage is nan's so he picked the track; it does work well though

Monday, June 13, 2011

baggers and wolf shirts

Johnny boy and I dropped in on the Trev Deeley Show and Shine this weekend as we learned the unfortunate news that the Gastown motorcycle show may be cancelled for this year. So with the classic "I'm only gonna enter if you do" lines, we entered our bikes in the show and tested out our luck for the day. Strangely this years show had easily the lowest turnout that I have seen in ages, and while the bagger scene is obviously alive and well, the sporty and chop catagories were totally under-represented. That being the case, John and I were up against two other sporties - one which was an ode to the canucks with some crazy canucks thrown on it, and the other being a very clean, flame jobed 1200C. Despite this, people were hyped on the bikes and the feedback on the builds was super positive. In the end, John and I finished the day, winning the category; with John in second and me sneaking out the win which is actually funny as hell as neither of us expected anything.

the steeds

Additionally, a couple of Johnny's buds came out also with sporties which resulted in the highlight of the day; cruising 4 pack to the city = awesome.

the homies

Easily my favourite of the show. Built by world renowned bike builder Paul Cox, this thing took 3 years to build and the detail and workmanship was amazing

Overall, a pretty amazing day with some serious laughs and good times. Nice work fella's

he's a winner!!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I must be crazy

its true, i really must be nuts. Only a month or so after getting my bike all dailed and running, I already have the itch to build another one. Yes, I stated that I would probably never do it again, but for some strange reason I actually miss working on something. I know it's weird, but its true. This time around I am thinking about building a classic chop - you know, ole school engine, kickstart(?) and skinnier than a cracked out NYC fashion model. Who knows if it will really happen as cash is tight, and the priority is getting the house in order- but if I come across an old panhead motor or bike…. I may drop in.. Yes, I am insane

These are the bikes that are responsible for my latest craze - damn you all.

above are the two that started the craze, this years and last years born free giveaway bikes

easily my favorite bike of the past few years. chicago willies panhead - i love everything about this bike.

back on the chain gang

So after snaping the belt drive on my bike I manned up and did what I should have done in the first place: convert it to a chain drive. It was a messy install, but the bike runs better and in my opinion looks a lot better than it did with that tired old rear sprocket. Yep, I should have messed with the gearing to make the bike quicker at low speeds, but I thought it best just to stick with the stock ratios.

And I know the chain is a bit too loose in this shot - it has since been tightened up and is much better