Saturday, December 31, 2011
Rick from Canada checking in. For the first time in 20 years he is able to go for a ride on New Year's Eve. Global warming...Hog Wash! The VL seems to like it...
Rick writes: "The Great White North is on her way out,we are growing banana's and pineapples now."
Happy New Year!
Friday, December 30, 2011
Motorcycle Mike from Jersey is selling this 1952 "Jersey" Pan. This is the style of bike that I grew up with in Jersey...Black, chrome, 21in wheel, stripped wide glide, rigid frame, solo seat...This was the shit (and still is in my book!) This '52 is almost a twin of my 57 "Jersey Pan"(except mine has Apes and no sissy bar).
He is asking $12,500. and can be reached at email@example.com,
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I was thumbing through the latest GKM issue (24) and noticed the saddle bag on the Swedish UL Bob Job. It kinda looked familiar and I gazed across the room at a set of bags I've had for about 28 years.
I picked them up at an AMCA meet in Valley Forge Pennsylvania (Pre Oley). I just thought they were cool at the time. They were stuffed with newspaper from Minneapolis MN dated March 28 1969. The bags are obviously unused...the design and material would indicate that they are much older then the news paper used to hold their shape. It appears they would fit a smaller bike based on their size and mounting configuration...they would be great on a Bob Job with a narrow rear fender.
Can anyone one help me identify these bags??????
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Found these pics of my 47 FL from 20 years ago (back in Jersey) when I changed it from the stock configuration into a Bob Job. Top one is fresh outta the basement and heading toward the Geeerage for final assembly (notice the opened Bilco doors to the right). It was always a challenge getting bikes outta the basement. The second shot is in the geeerage with the tanks on...that paint looks just as good today! Oh and there is my oldest (now 23) hamming it up for the camera. In the back ground are the white tanks from when the bike was "Un-Bobbed". The kid is sitting on my 65/59 Pan...I was T-Boned on that sucker a couple of years later...ouch... the screw in my ankle tingles just thinking about it....
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Hillclimber Line Up
Close Up: Motorcycle Mike Throws 'em High Wide and Handsome!
Some time between '96 and '99 at the Jefferson PA meet. Dave Minerva on his Indian Climber,Wayne on his H-D "J" Climber, Motorcycle Mike on Charlie Jacobs H-D Climber, me on Larry Franz's H-D Climber and Charlie Chihuahua on my combo Sam Kakabar/Larry Franz H-D Climber.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
December 21st. The shortest day of the year. I really hate the days leading up to this "shortest day of the year" but from here on out they are getting longer! Spring is right around the corner! My son took this picture as I headed out for a ride today. I think it was (not even) 5 PM... but seemed like midnight.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Heading out for the "Frosty Balls" Ride
I arrived early at Mike's shop
I headed out for the anual "Frosty Balls" ride today around noon. It was much less eventful then last year with the snow storm (see last year's post), but it was a great time. The temp was in the low 20's and there were about 40 bikes that left Mike Wells' shop this afternoon. We got up to the Wagon Wheel Tavern and after a while a few of us headed to The Raven's Nest. I headed out from there and was out riding for about 7 hours today on the old "Dirty Nine". She ran like a dream in the cold as usual!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Fork lock hole
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
OK... so I watched "Highlander" (1986) the other night...but "The Gathering" seemed to fit since it only happens maybe once a year and they come together from near and far. The Brood (sorry a 1979 horror movie reference) is as jovial as ever! The holiday season must be upon us...
Monday, December 12, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Still have the plate
I found this picture of my 47 FL from the winter of 1985. This was my sole (soul) transportation in those days. I rode this knuckle everywhere! I always thought the plate was cool...it looked like A 1947....I ran this plate until 1988 and then went with Historic plates to avoid inspection in New Jersey. I still have the plate...it's pretty beat up and well used...
Friday, December 2, 2011
I found these pics from 2003 of me doing wheelies on my '52 Servi-Car. This shot was actually taken on the way down from a much higher wheelie.
The trick is to go in reverse as fast as you can and jam on the rear brakes! I almost flipped it one time...good thing those fenders double as wheelie bars...It looks cool though...
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I found this great article from 1932 by Ted Hodgdon in my Larry Franz Sr collection. Larry pulled it out of a 1932 Modern Mechanics and Inventions magazine. Larry was about 14 years old in 1932. Ted makes it sound easy to convert your bike and win big at the Hillclimbs!
I love his "Hints on Riding the Hill Climber"! Check it out...