Sunday, October 19, 2014

Inspect Your Harley Davidson Sportster Brakes

Sunday am Public Service Announcement. Last weekend while on a ride up to Big Bear I lost my rear brake. Not really a big deal under normal braking conditions, as I rarely use it. However, if I'm riding hard, and or need to stop quick I use both. For the past couple years I've been finding a dime sized spot under my '95 Sportster after a ride. Seeing how the bike is nearly 20yrs old, I just assumed it was a minor leak via an oil line, or gasket, and if it ever got worse I'd tear into it. After the brake fail I assumed the master cylinder cartridge probably needed to be replaced (see 20yrs old above). The first thing I did was remove the brake master cover only to discover it was empty.



















Immediately my mind went to the spot I always see under the bike, it was DOT5 not 20/50. After a quick inspection I found that the brake switch had failed. The top was dry, but the bottom was wet. A Google search turned up an Auto Zone Duralast car brake switch p/n RB401 that people are using on Harleys and supposed to be better than the factory replacement.











That, some Dot5, flushing, de-greasing, test ride and 60 min later I was done. A quick frequent inspection would have exposed the problem before I ventured out and lost braking. I know better...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another Stolen Motorcycle

FUCK Thieves! PLEASE re-post this on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Social Media has really aided in recovering these as of late.























Monday, October 6, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

What do you do with your stickers....

...besides the obvious beer fridge, tool box, or your bike? I did this fun little project late last night. Originally it was a Sea World travel mug. However, after several years of washing it came apart. My wife asked if I could fix it, and fix it I did. I removed the Sea World wrap, added the stickers, siliconed it back together, and handed it to her this am....here ya' go. She actually thought it looked pretty cool, as did my kids. 












































Thursday, September 4, 2014

So, You Think You're a Builder...

...watch this and see if you still call yourself that. Two of the builders (Brat Style & Hide Moto) I've been following since about '08 and influenced a few details on my Sporty. These builds are done with surgeons precision. Look at the fit and finish, it's like looking under a magnifying glass at the inner workings of a Rolex, or Breitling chrono.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sportster Purse

I gave in and put the tool bag back on the Sporty. When it's a 100 degrees outside and you're only wearing a tee shirt, there's not a lot of room to stow yer shit. I wear RX glasses only for reading, so if I want to ride to work, or somewhere I may need to read something I have to have them. Nice for bringing along a cap, and phone too. I've just never been thrilled with how it looks, and there's really nowhere else to put it. I'll probably remove it again when winter comes around....as it's only a matter of time until my OCD overpowers it's functionality.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

You can almost smell the patchouli and incense



















I really need to quit messin' with the computer and get out and ride. Definitely in need of knees in the breeze therapy.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Craigslist WTF?

I always try to keep this joint on the positive vibe, but this is a real head scratcher. I guess the extreme heat in Palm Springs gets to people? Do you see it?










Here's the actual ad:


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Are You My Daddy

Whenever I see John's (of the Taildraggers So-Cal) '54 I think of my bike. I'm fairly certain it's the bastard father.





















Saturday, August 9, 2014

Airplanes, Jets, Smoke & Motorcycles, What's Not To Like

Airshows have come a long way since I used to go as a kid. Controlled Chaos is the only thing I can come up with while watching this. On a side note, my friend "Flyin' Mike Brown" came to me in 1988 with the idea of jumping over a plane in flight (a guy does it in this vid). He knew my dad was a private pilot. Soon after he was severely injured in a horrific jump that left him with one leg, so he never got to perform the stunt. Anyway, check out this vid you won't be disapointed.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Takin' it Back to the late 80's Tandem Axle Nissan Hard Body

Here's a couple pix of the Nissan Hard Body I mentioned in the previous post. Takes me back to the 80's during the Mini Truck/Cal Bug days. Good Timez.


Went Out For a Burger....

...came home with a plaque, and white knuckles.

Stopped in at Galaxy for a burger and shake to beat the late afternoon heat yesterday. Turns out they were having a cruze night. Checked out some of the rides including a cool late 80's tandem axle Nissan Hard Body (more on that later) and a sea of riced out Pep Boys Special imports, SUV's with oversized wheels, boomin' stereos and a few Donks (Google it). I guess my definition of a cruze night and the new thought of a cruze night are two entirely different things? I'm getting old and the world is a changin'.

So after we peeped the rides, me and the holmz "Tom" went in for some grub. After they screwed my order up 3 times, yes, three times for a cheese burger dry, no onions and fries we went back outside to check out some more rides....only to discover that it had been raining for quite some time. Yes, I'm a so-cal native. No, I'm not afraid to ride in the rain. However, bias plys no front fender no face shield or goggles (only RX glasses) makes for an exhilarating adventure....not to mention Ca drivers loose their fucking mind driving in the rain.

As I was making my getaway, the three event coordinators stopped me and said, "We want you to have this plaque, sorry it doesn't say motorcycle class." That was pretty cool and totally unexpected, thanks Seductive Inland Empire.


























Friday, July 4, 2014

Spitfire 2nd Anual Shop Party/Bike Giveaway

July 19th, come out and support a local shop and watch TSOL and DI.. 2nd annual Spitfire Shop Party at Stingers in San Bernardino Ca..it's an 18 an over event with a $15 cover that provides you access to show and a chance to win the Blue Agave (bike pictured in flyer) which was featured in Hot Bike..if you would like to set up a booth just contact @beentherepoopedthere @rawdog32 or me and we can help you..thank you for your support in advance..and spread the word!


















Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Isle of Man TT 2014

It's that time of year again, and unfortunately this is still first on my bucket list. I need to experience it in person one day, and I will.

The video indicates that it's the fastest lap time of the year, I have yet to confirm that.

Disclaimer: Don't watch this if you are suffering from a hangover, or Vertigo.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gray Ghost II Start-Up 2014

Can't want to see what Jim Fischer's Sporty does this year! Click on the vid and turn it UP! Sounds like a top fuel Gasser!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fat Elvis's DIY Air Ride Gauge PT II

Last we left off I had just finished installing the VDO PSI gauge for my soon to be installed D.I.Y Air Ride (I have all the parts, now I just need the time). However, I had the dilemma of the new gauge bezel not matching the other OEMs. It's black and flat, while the others are conical with a fine silver band. I thought I could live with it being different, but my OCD goes into overdrive every time I walk past it. My eye was going right to it like a hard nipple in a white tube top every time I walked past it in the shop.

So, I got to looking at the OEM air temp gauge that I took out, and came up with an idea...


































































...then a little ring of silicone, place it over the new gauge and viola, all matching again.

Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Air Ride Gauge Installed

To address the 2" gauge fitment question, here's my 2" (52mm) VDO gauge installed. You can hardly notice it's a smaller diameter than the 2 1/8" OEM. Not a perfect match, but it will do until I replace all of them. I p-shop'd the silver ring on the fuel gauge. I'll probably paint all of them to get rind of the silver ring anyway.






















As seen here, I didn't use the long spacers that normally go in between the plastic retainer and the back of the gauge. Reason being the new gauge isn't as deep as the OEM so it wouldn't snug up. I also had to use a machined thread to compression thread brass adapter for the VDO gauge. The new gauge uses the same OEM light bulb, it's a little brighter, but again I can live with it for now.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

D.I.Y. Air Ride Air Line Rounting Diagram

Getting closer to installing the air ride on Fat Elvis. I've got everything I need now except the air-line connectors and tees, which are on order. While I was figuring out how many connectors/tee's I was going to need, I made up a quick diagram. This is the first time I've put air ride on anything.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tom's '66 and 2 '48's at the Local Car Show

This is my neighbor and friend Tom with his '66 Belvedere, '48 Peterbuilt and '48 Indian. Tom buried his 88 year old dad yesterday, who up until 8 years ago used to drive the Peterbuilt as a hay hauler. Yep he drove it until he was 80! Tom's dad never missed any of the local car shows, so we thought it would be fitting to enter it in a local show today. He took the special interest class 1st place trophy home, mission accomplished.




















Here's a tid-bit on the Indian. You'll notice it's not sporting the iconic fender skirts. Reason being it was a Forrest Service model, a "dirt bike" if you will. How cool is that. Before Tom's dad passed away, he had the heads flowed, and cylinders bored with bigger slugs put in. That's all we know as of now, Tom needs to dig out the paperwork and receipts for the specific specs.