Thursday, December 30, 2010


...probably only get this if you skateboard. I have a few friends that could benefit from this. Hilarious...

Cream City Trip

Loaded up a few cars and a van that held 8 and rolled out to Cream City Skatepark in Milwaukee this past Tuesday for the after sesh. I brought along my little Flip HD video camera and this is my attempt at making a short video of our fun. There was about 20-25 of us from Madison and we had the park all to ourselves. Friends originally from Madison area now living all over Cali, Iowa, Texas, and Australia are in town for the holidays so a few of us have been working up this plan to get us all together and skate while they are here. It felt great to skate again...haven't been able to since the winter has rolled in. Thanks Blake for the info that I already had software on my computer to make these! iMovie works great...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

does watching the movie make you a sellout?

I don't think so. Kris got me this on dvd for xma$. It's really good, and it's on netflix now. I highly recommend it. Yes, I know, Bansky is as cliche' as period correct choppers, trucker hats, and pbr, but he's got people talking and noticing art, good art. Again, recommended from me, not that means much, but what-ev's. Aaron, you should come over and watch it. Inspiration.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Now is the time of year when I get a little discombobulated. I got ants in my pants. I want the stupid winter to be over already. And youtube makes it worse.

If my driveway were too short to park the truck in, I'd go batshit crazy and dance around in a sparkly helmet too. Or maybe something worse.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Road

This is a route I could take if I get up the nerve to take a long trip on the old GS this spring. Starting in Madison, following the river for awhile to visit relatives who live in Ozark back country, then on to Tuscaloosa to hang out with a drunken poet, then meandering home. I'd probably not stick quite as tight to the interstate as this map suggests. I keep running it through my head and chickening out and then hardening the fuck back up. 1800 miles and I figure I can get 9 days off work, so that's only 20 miles a day, right? Wait...carry the 2...oh hell

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's amazing... much easier it is to lace wheels when you're not drunk. I haven't taken a pic of the finished product, I'll take one tomorrow. I'll get the wheel trued, rim strap, tire and tube put on this coming week.

Polished the hub

Laying out the spokes


...its called Sin Town Special. Dudes from Half Fast didn't know anything about it either. But I did a search on the name and a pic of it painted and some special effects photo filters were added to it...

Other side though.

Ohhhhh...I like it.

How they setup this turbocharger on this this photo from Chop Cult..not sure who made it. Dirtbike front end...that shits so hot right now.


Someone is selling this on ebay for $24.95 + $18.33 shipping. Must be "custom".

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A different kind of horsepower

1975 Peavey Classic 50. As money gets replenished and begs to be spent, I'll replace a couple of the tubes (6l6's) and I'm fiddling with the controls getting it dialed, but man, this mamba jamba got's some cajones. Reacts alot like my old Music Man 212, but this breaks up creamier and earlier. So far I like it, I think I got an ok deal, not a steal, but certainly decent. It's pretty loud and has a spring reverb and a tremolo. fun stuff.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Alumni's First Video

I gots the wall ride in the credits at the end and a hippie jump type trick in the friends section.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Who needs pushrods?

A nice 3D rendering of a Ducati bevel drive motor dissection. More here.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Peter Egan...

nice interview on bike exif

Saturday, December 11, 2010

More Garage Dayz Todayz...



I bought this stuff last night hoping it will make me a better rider, or builder, or just cooler with the chopper crowd. It just gave me a hangover...

Friday, December 10, 2010


This is an excellent candidate for a caption contest.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Old Pics

This is my Uncle Ron (on the left in the picture below). He's always been into small displacement Honda's from way back. Just thought I would post these up just because he has always had some sort of bike. The CM400 on the bottom he just bought this past year. Its a 1980...I'm sure plenty of coke was snorted off a hookers ass while riding this thing when it was new. Actually probably not.

Get your rad on.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010


St. Nick came early this year - the awesome dad couldn't hold out. No longer can Dave give me shit about cutting everything with a cutoff wheel. I can now sever 5 inches of 5/8" steel per minute.

Anyone want to come over and help me set this thing up and try it out Thursday eve?

high on fire

tells us about 10,000. prob my favorite HoF song...


Monday, December 6, 2010

Side trip

While in Columbus, OH helping my dad at an art show this weekend, I exploited the fluid schedule of the volunteer worker and paid a visit to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame museum...

Honda RC161 250cc racer, violating Honda engineers' model number convention with extreme prejudice.

Quite a stack of rollchart/trip computer/etc crap. I guess now all you'd need is a good GPS.

1956 HD 165cc predecessor to modern 2-stroke dirt bikes...German design.

This is the bike from On Any Sunday. O. M. G.

1957 HD Sportster "Turnip Eater" for its propensity to whip Triumphs on the track. It went on to be the first non-fully streamlined bike to go over 200mph at Bonneville.

This guy doesn't need to harden the fuck up. He rode around the world on a Harley, with no legs.

An XR500 rigged up to look like a police bike for stunts for T2.

This NS750 is crazy factory race engineering. It's a CX500 motor, bored and stroked to 750, turned sideways and changed from shaft to chain drive. The carbs needed to be relocated because they hit the rider's legs. All so Honda could compete on the flat track.

The RS750, next generation of Honda flat trackers, much more elegant.

The first Honda motorcycle to be built in the US. The people of Ohio have a LOT of pride for their Honda plant.

All in all it was a good visit. Definitely Harley and Honda centric, and definitely not a comprehensive history of the motorcycle, but still totally cool. If only they would let you try out the bikes...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

HD Dyna SB

I'm not often a fan of Twin Cam choppers. My bike is more function than fashion for me. It gets me from A to B reliably and is comfortable and fun to ride. This is the same model/year as my Dyna and I love it... Chopping the stock rear fender on these bikes rarely looks good. Harley tried to do it on the current model of this same bike and it looks awful, but these dudes really pulled it off in my opinion. I wish I could find some other views of it though. I'll probably hate this in a week from now.

Stole from Chop Cult....


I still think Tom should have went this direction with the XS...its a better fit for his age.

 From Rockerbox 2010. The rest of my photo's here.