Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Well every year my buddy Mike has a run on the Sunday after Christmas to celebrate his birthday. It has been dubbed "The Frosty Balls Ride".
Route 313 is a 55 mile an hour two lane country road with long hills and valleys. It was a sheet of ice covered in fresh powder! We made our way about a mile and I saw Mike's feet go down ski style...oh shit. He managed to get off the road into a small lot. The other guy missed it. I said fuck it and kept going down one hill and up the next. Cars were sliding everywhere. It was brutal. As I came to the bottom of one hill a buddy of mine Danny came by and tried going up the next hill. The shovelhead ended up facing me and on its side! The other guy that missed the turn pulled off and I stopped to check things out and take a leak. It was fuckin' mayhem, cars sliding everywhere and no other bikes were coming down the hill. Danny called his son to come get him in the pick up. I looked at Kelly and said, "Oh well I guess we'll try to head back. I don't think anybody's goin' to the Wagon Wheel now". The weather was getting worse by the minute...I've never seen conditions change this fast. Brave soul that she is, Kelly jumped back on the buddy seat and up the hill (that we just slid down) we went. By the way, all on a hand shift with a (now do to ice) "suicidal" foot clutch...As we crept up the hill, hoping the sliding cars wouldn't hit us or stop in front of us, we started to see bikes, here and there off the sides of the road. In driveways, or lots or wherever they ended up. Then the flashing lights of the cop cars. A group had made the stop where Mike turned off and they were standing there looking at the road and all the utter mayhem going on. I looked over at Mike as I motored by and flipped him a Peace sign and kept going! He nodded. I then realized this was probably all my doing, "...I'm going to the fuckin' Wagon Wheel", started going through my head... another group of bikes was off to the right, they waved and "Bug Man" who had been riding his trike yelled something encouraging...I think!
I'm not sure if anyone else rode away from that mess. I saw some pick ups with trailers heading in their direction as I rode along (with one foot down the whole way). I asked Kelly if I should drop her at a store and come back to get her on four wheels...she declined...like I said...brave. We made it to the Cross Roads Tavern pulled in and had a beer to celebrate, just her and I. (Happy Birthday Mike!) She admitted that she was more cold then scared.
We ended up gettin' home just fine...I guess I'll hear about the rest of 'em later...shit...I guess they all got back eventually.
Can't wait 'til next year!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
I always loved this Firestone ad! A TT knuckle with the front wheel off the ground! What more could you ask for!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
On Thanksgiving Day we lost Karl Duffner after a long, tough bout with cancer. He was 70 Years old and a member of several chapters of the AMCA in and around Eastern Pennsylvania.
I attended a benefit ride for him last year (I think it was last year).
Karl rode the shit out of his motorcycles...BMW, 1959 H-D Panhead (Red White and Blue), 1960 BSA Gold Star, etc. Karl was an interesting character to say the least. He came to the US from Germany in the 1950's and has always been a serious motorcycle enthusiast. I didn't know Karl well, I would see him at the AMCA Meets with his jet black hair and wild bikes.
Karl is immortalized in the form of an unbelievable headstone. I have never seen anything like this before.... RIP Karl...
Thanks to Dave Minerva for letting me know.
I have been doing too many of these in the last couple of years...
Monday, December 13, 2010
Chippin' away at it. FINALLY finished installing the tank emblems and trim on both tanks. I still can't get used to handling nicely painted sheet metal!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
As promised here are a few images of the 1918 Harley Accessory Catalog. This catalog is 115 plus pages of everything from touch up paint to sidecar trunks!. I am guessing by the envelope art and the color of the cover that they were promoting the new O.D. color. I'm not sure if this is the year they changed from Silent "Gray" Fellow to Olive Drab.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Twenty Five or more years ago I found a great stash of original pre-1920 motorcycle literature in New condition. I sold some of the pieces over the years but held on to a few that were really cool. This is a 1909-1910-1911 Flying Merkel parts book. It is 36 pages of every part for singles and twins. It has incredible detailed pictures and exploded views. Above is an example of what is inside. I'm afraid of scanning too much and damaging it so I just did the center page that could open up enough to lay on the scanner.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
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- Enterprise Streamliner Complete Article
- Crusty Pic B&H installed
- Frosty Balls 2010 update (see previous post)
- Four is More...
- Frosty Balls Ride 2010 (Went Horribly Wrong)
- Merry Bunch
- Day After
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- Happy Christmas Eve... Linkert Style!
- "Period Modified" 1994 (or 1995) Harmony NJ
- George Miller Collection - Daytona 1954
- May '57
- Another Head On with a Servi on the side
- Diggin' Deep
- Full Page B&H Ad - October 1947
- Riverside TT 1947 - Firestone Ad
- A little too happy...
- Linkert Cartoon
- Streamliner Christmas
- Nice Blue '50
- Panel Truck Head On (with a Panhead on the side)
- George Miller Collection - Racing 1946
- Karl Duffner - RIP
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- Hill Top Bob Job
- Dan's Flathead...GKM Preview
- Strike a Pose...
- "A List to End All Lists"
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- Picture of the Month - December 1947
- Pirate's Treasure - Close ups
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