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'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.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Burly Brand Slammer Kit For My Sportster

Came home from work to discover a care package from Burly Brand today! Thanks Sean Delshadi and David Zemla! I'll get them mounted up this weekend.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

....and don't believe all that superstitious bullshit about green bikes and cars. I've had both and never had any issues with either.
This has been a PSA from AS, now go drink some green beer, or if you're still at work eat some green M&Ms.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

2012 Street Glide Wheel on a 2003 Electra Glide?

Regardless of what that "parts expert" tells you at your local dealership, it can be done.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Moto-Stuka "Shanks" pt II

The shanks arrived today. As described, they're very soft, and plyable like they've already been broke in. As far as sizing goes, I normally wear an XL and they fit perfect.Went for a quick ride after work and soon forgot I was wearing them....mission accomplished.
I highly recomend that you go buy a pair this instant....assuming they are in stock, as they run out quickly.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Night Art-C-Fart-C van Gogh Sportster Tank

MotoStuka Shank Gloves

My Homie, and Sportster Choppin' Brethren Clarke turned me on to these rad motor scooter skins around Christmas time last year. I hesitated on pulling the trigger, and just one week later when I went to order they were out of stock (story of my life).

Fast forward to this am I received an e-mail from Lowbrow indicating they were back in stock. Needless to say I didn't hesitate this time.

Click here to read about the old world tradition "shanked treatment" they go through prior to being sold. After they arrive and I've put some miles on 'm I'll throw up a review.

...and if you are thinkin' bout pulling said trigger, at the time of this post there is only 6 left in stock so go get some here at Lowbrow!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

LA Choppers 12" Twin Peaks For Fat Elvis

My Sporty has been gettin' all the love lately, so I'm going to focus on Fat Elvis for a while.

Just need to get some cables and extend my wires...I can smell the solder and shrink wrap already.

Ditched the guards for the eliminator bag supports.

Sunday, February 16, 2014