Saturday, August 30, 2008
Sorry everyone. We haven't been posting for a few days. Chopper Dave and I went fishing in Connecticut and just got back. a well needed vacation. Wes is recovering from Bonneville and trying to get caught up. So with that being said, I'll get some new posts up soon. Hope to see you at the ride on Sept 21!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
For those of you that think a good deal on an old bike doesn't exist anymore and that there are no "barn finds" then feast you eyes upon this beauty. Original paint (not a joke) knuckle, in a fire (obviously) purchase for $500. And in case you were wondering it was purchased in....2007. Rich added two new tires and it ran great. I hate you Rich. Just kidding. No I really do.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Ok. It's been too long, but here we go. Sunday Sept 21 we ride. Let's meet at Four Aces Cycle Supply around 9 am and go for a ride. This won't have all the fan fare the Derby had, but it should be good. We will decide where we are going when we get there. This will be an informal Sunday ride. Hope to see you there.
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Saturday, August 16, 2008
I wanted to take a moment to thank Rich. Rich has been so kind to lend me some great photos. In fact, he has sent me so many, I could take a "hunting" break and still keep the new posts rolling. I spent two hours today alone scanning. Rich is a member of the FT Sutter Chapter of the AMCA and keeping the tradition alive. Rich if you didn't consider yourself a friend of the Wing Nuts before, you are now. Hope to see you soon.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Well it's that time of year again when the riders head out to Utah to test their grit on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Our boy Wes is heading out again this year hoping for the record on his Triumph 500. Good luck Wes!
Check out the video at the below web address
Very cool little bobber from our friend German in Argentina. Thanks so much for the picture.
Hi,my name is German Karp,I´m a kustomizer and also pinstriper,HD mechanic,BMX rider,and junk-vintage old parts hunter.The photo that i´m sending is my last bike thats a CB125.
I made all the bike from the frame to the seat,
Here is the technical sheet of my bike:
Frame: Honda, cut & made the new tail and top tube.
Forks: Honda, shortened 2″, fender tabs removed and drilled.
Motor: Honda, 125cc refurbished and painted.
Handlebars: Custom made
Brake Levers: Custom trimmed and painted
Taillight: Old Lucas on custom license holder
Headlight: Old siambretta type
Fender: Old ford spare tire cover scored for $0.80 from a bum (it’s like $.30 in U.S money)
Tank: Who knows? But it has a cool tool case.
Exhaust: Original cut in half, then a fence top was use for the inverted cone for a cost of 8$
Air Filter: Exhaust tail & piece of tube.
Seat: Custom made, all leather
Battery Case: Piece of bent steel, all the electrics inside.
Rear Wheel: Stock hub,16′ HD rim, free tire.
Front Wheel: Stock hub & rim, 3.25×18 imperial cord tire.
Paint: Epoxy black/ oskar´s fender, battery case & tank.
All the pieces were detailed,drilled and sanded before paint
This used to be Ted Evans shop back in the day. Now it's a thrift store. If anyone has an early photo of the shop send it in. In fact let's make that our next project. I need photos of early bike shops. Thanks for the picture Kit. You bike looks great there, just a few years to late.
I don't typically write this kind of stuff, but I felt inspired tonight. I got off work late. A little overtime. I got my Flat Head back a few weeks ago and really haven't been able to do much riding, so I rode it in to work today. It's about 80 miles round trip, mostly freeway. The ride in was uneventful. A lot of the Saturday riders were out. They'd pass me on the freeway, look over at the UL with confusion and speed away. Oh, but the ride home! As I merged onto the freeway, I miss shifted into neutral and revved the motor up. Rookie move! It's been a while since the flattie and I worked together. I slammed her into second and started gaining speed. Now third. I hope I don't get hit by a drunk trying to get into traffic. I made it. Now into fourth. Where are all these asshole going on the 5 fwy at midnight? OK here comes the 14 fwy. I'll get on it and hang to the right. It's mostly uphill on the way home. I don't want to blow up my new motor. I'll just take it easy. The traffic is light. Maybe I'll open her up a little. Steady as a rock! Speedo says 80 mph. Naw, must be off. How come no one's passing me? I am doing 80! Come on flattie keep it up, here come the grade. Starting to slow. A little more gas. Shit, she's actually accelerating up the hill. Good girl. Just about then a car pulls along side of me and starts to pace me. I know he's just checking out the bike, but I hate that. Pass or fall back. He falls back just a little. Far enough to read the back of my sweater. I swear I see him mouth the word "wingnut" as he reads. He then smiles and takes off. I'm smiling too. I guess it made sense to him that the guy on the '47 UL bobber on the 14 fwy, doing 80 at midnight would have the word "wingnut" stitched to the back of his shirt. As I continued to ride, I couldn't think of any place I would rather be. I wondered if I could make it to Daytona. Maybe next year. As I exited the fwy and rode to the dirt road that would take me home, I was truly happy. I hit the driveway. Shut down the motor and coasted. All I could hear was the crackling of dirt under my tires. I came to a landing at my garage. Got off the bike, walked three paces away and turned to look at the flattie. She looked great under the moonlight. As I pushed her into the garage, I thanked her for my midnight ride.
Friday, August 8, 2008
This is one of my favorite photos. It depicts Teri Forkner, Vern Autrey and Fat Boy Nelson. It's my understanding that the photo was taken in Hollister in 1947 at the 4th of July event, but was the newspaper picture for the 1948 Riverside "scandal." Either way it is a great shot that captures a moment in time that I wish I could attend. I often wonder if in sixty years people will see Wingnut photos and wish they were there. Naw..they will say, "Those guys are gay!"