Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Bloody Nose

The first version with borrowed 1952 6T engine, no charging system, single row primary, stock length forks, unfinished sissy bar and in need of some more paint. Just wanted to get it rolling and when I did, it helped me plan out where I really needed to go with it.

Second version, getting closer to what I wanted in a hardcore Triumph chopper club bike. 4" over forks and paint by back in the day Bay Area original "Joe the Painter". The drips on the top of the tank were one of his signature styles and it was the finished tank that gave me the idea for the name of the bike. The sissy bar was finished from the same bar used on the first version.

Racked up some good miles and good times.
This type of chopper style packs the gear nicely.

Dawn Nicole Rosa photo shoot at the 2008 Chopmeet

Click HERE to see the entire Horse feature.

Hardcore Chopper Feature

Last year I decided to go all the way and get some longer fork tubes from Franks and an old pair of Z bars that I gave to a friend years ago came back to me. They had the lines I was really wanting. Installed stock fork gaitors and narrowed the bars.

Taking off from the last Oakland Dice party on what turned out to be an insane hangover run.

A finished work for me. Runs strong, handles great, blows minds.
Most importantly, FEELS RIGHT.

Up FOR SALE today. Check it out HERE and
please help spread the WORD.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bud Hare story

Neat email about Bud Hare I got recently:

Paul, I found your site searching for info on Bud Hare. My Uncle rode Triumph and Velocette back in '40's and early '50's. Dad always rode Harley's.

This pic is me around 1972. bike is a 1956 TR6. was bought in basket and had been a desert sled. I bobbed fender and had chrome done. I wanted to use the old style front hub and wheel but wouldn't fit the newer forks. My Uncle gave me Buds phone number and I called him and introduced myself. I went to his house and drove him to the shop which was closed up. He and I went in and after looking around pointed to a box under a work bench and I pulled it out. He said in there is a axle and it fit just right. Bud had machined it for doing just the same thing I wanted to do.

I wish to this day I hadn't sold that sled. It also had TT cams ground by Kenny Harman.

Just my little piece of history.

Have fun with your projects.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Dave Kirkland's 1952 T-Bird Showbike

In Cycle Connections online magazine. Check it out HERE.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dick Rios Spare Parts Collection

I don't get as many parts offers as you might think from this blog, but there have been a few that have made all the effort worthwhile. I received an email recently from Rick Rios, son of Dick Rios of "Two Timer" fame and after some back and forth questions I worked out a deal with Dick to buy all the spare parts he had been holding onto since the early 1960's. I got to talk to Dick for a short time after getting the parts and he told me that after he started running nitro things tended to let go so he started buying up pre-unit basket cases when he could find them for dragbike parts. I'm hoping to get to talk to him again soon. Besides what's pictured here there were some timing covers and gearbox covers that were a little crusty like the rocker covers pictured, and it is all 1950's-60's era Triumph pre-unit stuff. I am going to be letting go of some of my parts stash in the next few weeks on ebay including a few pieces from this collection. Keep Track of the Sales HERE.

Thee actual timing disc used on the One and Two Timer.

My favorite pieces are this race kit tachometer drive and special blue lens tach.

Contrary to some opinions the gear on these drives is not the same as a generator gear. The correct gears are actually the hardest part to find and a drive without the gear is simply spare parts.

I love the custom blue glass and hand painted lines above 8 thou.

No maker markings or part numbers on the face, but obviously a Smiths Chronometric. If anyone has any info please comment. I'm hoping to get a chance to ask Dick about it in the future.

On the inside we see that it was built for Dick in 1965. Keeper.

Another keeper for my dragbike project. A slip on kicker to start engine and then remove, with original black cloth tape.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tyler's Pre-unit Dragbike Restoration

Tyler from LOWBROW got his hands on this cool old dragbike not long ago and is on the fast track to making a killer strip and land speed weapon out of it. He's been sending me updates and I'm really liking the work and the direction he's taking with it. Keep track of the progress HERE.