Saturday, November 26, 2011

In blogress.

 Yea its not a chopper, but its loud and dangerous so I`m down. A video from the first start up and the backstory. Such a rad bike, it definately beats my 80cc version by a long shot.

can`t stop.

I got the chance to go by Paul Brodie`s workshop today. To check out what hes working on and talk metal fab.  Its pretty amazing to see the shop and talk to the man made it all happen. His latest build is #4 in a series of 10 Excelsior OHV Board track racers. It`s a perfect replica, but all he had to work from were 6 original photographs. He made everything from scratch  including the engine, with hours of machining and making molds for casting. As of right now they are the only ones in the world, since the originals were destroyed with a sledge hammer after Bob Perry crashed and died in 1920 while racing at speeds of 95-100mph. Back in the days when men were men, no brakes just balls, and a kill switch made out of a hacksaw blade.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Shop.

This is the shop. In all its quaint glory, decorated with trash and treasures and more than a few unfinished projects.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

You get what you put in.

Its been a dream for a long time. I`ve been buying The Horse forever, none of the other magazines really had any relevance to me at the time. I didn`t have any money for any type of motorcycle at that time let alone a fancy one, so to see a bunch of dudes building their own bikes from the ground up and being able to read a bit about it was pretty rad. I still have the  `04 Indian Larry tribute issue hanging in my shop.

That tank is kind of a tribute in itself to the original few bikes and guys I saw that even got me obsessed with this stuff....That tank originally was a Indian Larry dished tank and the engraved centre section certainly wasn`t my idea. Johnny Chops "True Blue" had an engraved centre section just like it, done by Terrera. That thing was amazing. One day I`d love to learn the true art of chisel engraving. One day.

Thanks to all the guys at the Horse and the people who weren`t given props in the magazine. I did a big `ol spec sheet that wasn`t included, but no worries I`ll just do it now. Big thanks to Braeden for the use of his camera and some of the pics, as well as Kirb for the wiring help. It was pretty cool that the issues arrival at the local 7/11 was a day before my birthday this year, I guess it worked out, being that we get everything super late up here in Canada.