Monday, January 31, 2011

Knuckle Power!

This bike is awesome on so many levels. The mag, cylinders, tanks, the H-D single fork and wheel, exhaust, bars, and on and on!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hudson Valley Winter Dinner 2011

Dan's UL

Bar goers

still not sure what to make of this...

Dan and I saying farewell to the's moving on to a new owner

Bumper of an old Ford PU in the lot

Why so happy?
Just returned from the Hudson Valley Chapter Winter Dinner up in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Great time! Always great to get out and see people during the dead of winter.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tavern Ice

My kid came in from getting gas tonight and said "I am NOT going back out there!" I asked how the roads were...he said he spun out and hit a guard rail, there was a lady in a ditch down the road and the roads were covered with ice. I immediately got up put on my jacket and goggles and fired up the Servi Car...MY KIND OF CONDITIONS!!!!!
I stopped for an adult beverage along the way and my controls iced up...Nice! I ran it just about outta gas and came home. I drove down to the gas station and filled my gas can and now I'm ready for another run! Fuck I'm stupid!
It is actually thundering and lightening out there... when the lightening flashes with the snow it fuckin' blinds you! Like a camera flash! Cool.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Indian Speedo?

This speedo came with the vertical Indian I just picked up. Anyone know anything about it. It's reverse. Not sure if it belonged to the bike or not. (Never mind the AT&T logo its a reflection from my cell phone).

Sunday, January 23, 2011

RIP "Gentleman" Ray Dhue

The Gentleman on his 49 Pan Harmony '87

Gentleman Ray's Meeting Minutes June 1987

Saddlebags I got from Ray in the early 80's

Received some bad news today.

At 10:30 this morning "Gentleman" Ray Dhue passed away. I have known Ray since the 80's through the Colonial (North Jersey) Chapter of the AMCA where he served as Secretary for many years. Ray lived up to his name and unlike me, he was always polished, courteous, respectful and he produced meticulous restorations. Although two people couldn't be more different (both in life style and reputation not to mention motorcycles) we got along great! I still have a set of Buco saddlebags that I got from Ray in the 80's. I ran them on my Knuckle and Flathead for years. Now they hang on the mantle above the fireplace waiting to go back into service. I also purchased a1954 HD 165 from Ray that I still own.

I just saw Ray at the Jefferson Meet this past October. He was his usual self. He had moved down to Florida some years ago but I would still see him at most events in the North East.

I dug up an old copy of the Colonial Chapter News Letter "The Kicker" and low and behold it was the June 1987 issue where Ray mentions my marriage in his column. Interesting that he mentions "threatening skies" on that day...maybe he was a profit as well.

I will miss "Gentlemen" Ray Dhue...Rest in Peace my friend...

Feels like 12...

Had the police bikes out on maneuvers today. Checked the weather it said "Feels like 12". Took the Sevi-Car out first for an ice check, burger and beer. Then fired up the 63 and patrolled the area. All was right with the world...
I thinks I'll head back out before dark.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

39 EL Motor Complete and Awaiting Installation!

Buttoned up and just about ready


There's No Such Thing As A Bad Hummer...or is there?

1959 ST 165

Some thing's missing

Drive Safely...ha ha...go fast and take chances!

Looking up at the Buick

Little Indian carcass

Took a ride out to Mark's (Twisted Customs) last night to bring a 6 volt battery and get the '51 Buick running. No spark...cleaned the points off and she fired up and ran good! New fuel pump, master cylinder, wheel cylinders, brake lines and hoses. Now she will start and stop. The only exhaust is the header pipe, no muffler or tail pipe (rotted off). Man that Straight Eight sounds cool unmuffled! There are electrical issues a plenty...lights work sometimes... I guess a bunch of bare 60 year old wires will tend to produce those problems.
Mark talked me into taking a van load of junk home with me...what could I say? It was for a good cause.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pissed on a Pan (49)

Man does he look pissed!
Maybe it's 'cause his windshield's too high...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

White '50 in '54

Not sure what this guy is packin' on his belt...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

39 EL - We've seen this bike before...

I posted a picture of this guy and the 39 EL before. In the other photo he was posing with another gentleman near a lake. Nice close up of the primary side of the 39.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dot Smith - Stolen From American Wind

I absolutely love everything about this picture! I had to steal it from the American Wind Blog.
It is actually from a book about girl riders.
A beautiful 37 EL!!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

39 EL Motor Coming Together

Getting there!
The lower end and cylinders are buttoned up. The early four fin cylinders were bare metal and required some paint...I'll have to do something about that...a wire brush maybe to tone it down. I'm pretty pleased with the cam cover finish. After I get some rough miles on her I'm sure it will all gel...

Mid shift

This kid looks about 15. Hey... where's your horn?

Monday, January 10, 2011

This just in...

Motorcycle Mike just emailed me these pictures of a 41 Knuckle that he got rid off years ago and just got back.
Fuckin' Beauty!
Check out the extra oilers??? going up between the cylinders...WTF? Drains maybe? Complete with Mikuni stickin' out the other side, shovel pump and auto advance distributor...are those Panhead tappet block screws used on the cam cover?
I need to do an Upper and Lower GI on this thing!

"Bat" Shield

Looks like he's out marking tires in inclement weather.
I used to run one of these "Bat" Shields (as we called 'em) on my Servi-Car in the winter when I was a kid. I still have it in the attic, maybe I'll re-enlist it's services again...hopefully it's not dry rotted by now.

Richard "Dick" Winters-Easy Company Commander

January 21, 1918 - January 2, 2011

Thank you and RIP

Sunday, January 9, 2011