Thursday, May 28, 2009

Crocker Lives!

Dave's Crocker...just the way I like 'um. Runs great!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

More New Mexico Cycle Sign - 1987

I ran across some pictures I took of Mika's Santa Fe NM shop with a couple of his bikes out front. These pictures are from my 1987 trip out to Santa Fe. It looks like he had added some tank graphics over the years by the looks of the 2004 photo my Ex took in my previous post. I know I have a few more pictures from inside the shop.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Iselin Carnival Jersey Style

As a kid growing up in central Jersey there was one event every summer that was biker heaven. The Iselin Carnival. It was an old time church carnival that attracted bikers from all over the area. These were not the watered down "HOG" members that you see EVERY WHERE today. These were real fuckin' bikers. There were fights, burnouts in the street, wheel stands that go horribly wrong, intimidation, harassment, drunks, the best friggin' ribs I ever ate, everything that made a summer event pleasurable.
The above picture was taken by some body's girl (can't remember who) in the early 80s at the Iselin Carnival. Unfortunately you can't see the hundreds of bikes lining this side of the street. As night falls both sides of the street and around the block became filled with bikes. Handle bar to handle bar.
The cops would deter girls from walking down the street after dark. My girlfriend at the time (now ex wife) was told by a cop "you don't want to walk down there, they're bad people". Shit man , those were the days! I could get off on a tangent about today's Harley "biker"world but I'll save it...
As is the way of all great things the Carnival is gone. They slowly (at first) made changes that eventually killed the thing. They got rid of the Wrestling Bear in the late 70's, fenced in the beer tent and began to impose parking restrictions in the 80's. The police harassment stepped up big time (I had my 52 trike impounded and hauled away on a flatbed). But in it's day this thing was one hell of a good time!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

45 Bob

Just a nice 45 I saw out in Wauseon in 2006.

Friday, May 22, 2009

"Dirty Nine" Knuckle hits the beach

The "Dirty-Nine" down the shore in Jersey. Got the usual "does that run?" "How did you get it here?" Then I start it on one kick a ride away in a Burst of Dirty Thunder(HT)...and blue smoke.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Mexico Cycle Sign

Back in about 82 or 83 I was out in Santa Fe MN and met a guy named Mika he was working out of his house on bikes. We shot the shit about bikes and I went back to the east coast. In 87 I was in Santa Fe for my Honeymoon and thought I would look him up. Driving down a main drag I saw this 45 flathead (less engine) up as a sign. It was Mika's new location. I went in and reintroduced myself. I asked him about the chassis sign and he told me a sign maker wanted $1500 for a sign that size. He said for about $300 worth of parts he put the bike up there! Well that was about 23 years ago and I recall the standard price for a 45 springer fork was $150 and the same $150 would get you a frame...aaahhh those were good times... I just didn't know it.
Here's the irony. My now Ex Wife took this picture for me in 2004 when she was in Sante Fe on her (2nd) honeymoon...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Rhinebeck 2007

Dug up a few pictures from Rhinebeck 2007. We took a ride to Woodstock Harley Davidson (top) Crazy Kevins Knuckle (center) my 47 U (with broken clutch cable) and Dan's Knuckle.

Rhinebeck NY AMCA Swap Meet

Coming up June 12,13&14 is the Rhinebeck NY AMCA Swap Meet. This is not the normal AMCA Antique Motorcycle meet. It has a whole bunch more going on as you can see from the flier. This meet promotes Choppers & Bob Jobs and all kinds of "Period Modified" bikes along with the original antique bikes. There are also hot rods, tractors, machinery, etc. Along with all the diversity there are a bunch of rules imposed by the fairgrounds (mostly for the vendors) but it's worth it! And what the heck they put my old crusty Blue "Dirty Nine" EL on the flier... can't be all bad.
I have been going for the past few years since before it became a National AMCA meet it's always a great time.

Monday, May 18, 2009

1920's Indians

Some more old black and whites...1920's Indians

Friday, May 15, 2009

You meet the nicest people on a Simplex

"Ward you were a little tough on the Beaver last night..."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Alabama State Police MC Sign

Winged 13 Pin

Here is a cool old pin found at a flea market in New Mexico in 1980.

Jack Pine Indian Four

This Indian 4 has to be one of the coolest Jack Pine bikes I have ever seen. I had the privilege to see it in Oley PA a few years ago when it was first brought out of it's decades long resting place. To my surprise (well maybe not really) I saw it again at Dale Walksler's Wheels through Time Museum last year. The hand made "one off" stuff on this bike is unreal! From the engine powered winch to the optional sidecar wheel drive. These pictures are not the best but you get the idea.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

One That Got Away

I just found this picture. Almost got this for nothin' a couple of years ago but my claim got jumped! Would have made a bad ass hot rod.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

"Old" Hill Climbers

Here's some pictures of my buddy Vic. A National Champion Hillclimber in the late 50's and early 60's. A couple of pictures from back in his Climbing Days and one recent one of him on my Hillclimber (raced by Larry Franz) in the back of my van. I still see Vic quite often at a "biker bar" in PA. He's either riding an old WL or driving the 57 Chevy he's had since about 1960!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Nite Owls MC

Another original black and white.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Racing & Crashing

Old original black and white photos I've had. Not from the internet...until now I guess.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Knuck 50s style

A friends Knuckle, customized in the 50's. This thing is friggin' cool!

45 Racers

The Acme Racing team in the pits at Wauseon Ohio races 2007

Indian Sidecar out of the Same Barn

This 20's Indian sidecar came out of the same barn as the cars on the previous post.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Austin Seven Fresh out of a Barn

I thought I was going to do something with this one too...It was a cool little car.

Where's Jethro?

Just found a picture of a 23 T that I never finished...

Another picture from Oley 2009 Herm's Zebra Indian

This Indian belonged to Herm from Herm's Leather Toggs in Easton PA. It was out and running around the Oley PA meet this year thanks to Dale Walksler from WTT museum. I saw an old article and picture from 1966 on the Nostalgia On Wheels Blog with a picture of Herm and the bike.

I'm not sure if Dr. Sprocket reads my Blog but if you do the friend I referrred to was Dale.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Abandoned Pan

1950 Panhead left to rot in PA!

WW II 45 Flathead Cut Away Engine

This 45 in flathead engine was salvaged from North Africa years ago. It is a factory "Cut Away" engine used to train GI mechanics during WW II in North Africa. This motor was actually in an entire "Cut Away" training motorcycle that was taken apart and parted out. I would have loved to have had the whole bike.