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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Time to ride

So it's just about summer in Wisconsin...temps have been pushing 90 and the sun strong. More than anything else it means I can be on the bike as much as I want which is really great. My Kawasaki Concours 14 is fast, handles great and really pumps me up when I look at it. But in the back of my garage is a bike that has been getting quite a bit of attention from me, a 1979 Suzuki GS 850. All I have left to do is fit new throttle cables and brake lines--here soon from Barnett, a company that will make you custom cables when you need them.
Then some new brake pads, tires and I should be on the road. It will be half as fast as the Kaw, handle one third as well and be much less reliable. But I can't wait to ride it. Not only will it transport me to and from work each day, it will transport me back in time. Back to when one bike did everything, like this bike will.
It will have superbike bars, a cheap (really, right off eBay) 1/4 fairings and that's all the changes. But with that it will allow me to run it in the twisties much better than when it had the stock touring bars, do interstate cruising because it has great ergonomics, carry things on the big flat seat and turn heads because it is 31 years old...
I will post some pics when it's done...if I stop riding it

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Remember when everyone wanted a cool custom?


This cartoon--if you have never spent time reading Bloom County and you have a slightly warped sense of humor, you are missing out--nailed it perfectly....

Friday, May 14, 2010

This was the end of a pretty good day...


..as we arapped up the awards ceremony at the S&S 50th anniversary this shot was taken....you might recognize a few people here

Thursday, May 13, 2010

more incredible customs




from the books...photos by Micheal Lichter

Kendall Johnson
Kim Suter



Donnie Smith


Martin Brothers


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Choppers, Bobbers and Customs

So last year I wrote two books on custom bikes with the amazing photography of Michael Lichter as the visual aspect of them.

I was lucky to be able to do these books--I always wanted to have a book onb a shelf with my name as the author. Some of the bikes i used in the book really were amazing and still stay with me in my mind..and now on my blog.
Jerry Covington's machine


Kris Krome


Fred Kodlin

Cook Customs

and Trevelen


I will probably add a few more of these great bikes later this week

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Super moto----Sort of.....

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Not too long ago I was smitten with the idea of super moto.....taking dirt bike and making it semi street legal and pushing it way past the limits on twisty roads...stupid, but not as bad as doing it on a liter bike with 170 hp.

So I lucked out and Marcia gave me a green light on a Honda xr650l when we moved to Wisconsin as my commuter bike. I quickly found that semi knobbies suck in corners. A connection with a friend, Tom Mcgann helped me with a set of 17-inch wheels. I added a set off Metzeler sport radials, a larger front rotor and I was set. It was stupid fun and I had wheelies in four gears down to a science.

I quickly realized I was treating the bike like a toy...and promptly sold it. That is when a bike is dangerous, when you stop respecting it. I will get another one day when I grow up....

Sunday, May 2, 2010

slimey crud run...you should definitely go sometime...

The run ends in Leland Wi, near Baraboo. Leland is a nothing town (no offense if you live there) that twice a year--sping and fall--gets invaded by hundreds, maybe thousands of bikes. Not just Harleys, not just sport bikes, but everything you can think of.
I even saw my favorite bike ever, the Suzuki GT-750--three cylinder, water-cooled two-stroke...as well as plenty of cool bikes







Slimey crud run today

Pics and write up to come....