Saturday, January 31, 2009

Flathead Jedd's 1948 Triumph Tiger 100

Well finally got the "enduro" on the road or should I say "off" the road. Wes is gonna kill me, but I've taken it on every dirt road and cow trail near my house. I might just have to put some knobbies on her!

More Denver '53

Denver Hill Climb 1953

Panhead, Airstream, Hot Chick..he's got it all.

Cool article on hosting a TT event.

I want to do this so bad. Anyone got a place to set this up?

The Happy Couple

Here is photographic proof that anyone can get a chick when you've got a motorsickle.

Friday, January 30, 2009

1950 FLH

How to build a sport model bike

This is great. Early blue print to build a bob job. If you have a teens bike lying around and want to update it to a sportier new fangled bike, just follow this article a build the bike of your dreams.

56 Panhead

I just got this photo from our friend Rick. I love old color photos!

How you like my baby? The kid's nice too.

Cycle Magazine April 1952

I can't even figure out how he got like this!

Did I post this?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009


Hey everyone, I'm looking for a rear stand for a rigid pre unit Triumph. Anyone got one for sale or trade?


No parking!...Nice sight gag!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Flying Crocker?

I don't think I posted this before. I've heard of a Flying Merkel, but a flying Crocker. Or is it? Whatever it is is a hell of a bail out!

I rode the Flattie to the Planet of the Apes

It was a cold and dreary day with the clouds beggin' to drop some rain. My favorite for ridin'! Sorry Larry, I was creepin' around your back yard!

Ahhhhh the Greenhorn Enduro

Kay Scott

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Old black and whites are cool, but old color pictures rock!

The Speer Special

The Speer Special has a 1929 motor and frame, but several racing modifications have been done to the motorcycle. The front forks are from a 1936 RL model, the carburetor is a Linkert M6, and the engine has been heavily modified with high compression heads and drilled connecting rods for lighter weight. Larger intake nipples have been welded to the cylinders and a JD manifold has been added to accommodate the 1-1/4” carburetor. The original sliding gear transmission was also replaced with a 1933-1937 style constant-mesh “slant-top” gear box. The bike is on display I believe at Cyclemo's in Tennessee.

Enduro Mud Hole Mess

Indian Guy

Simon's Four Five

Simon a Wing Nuts friend from down under send us this shot of his H-D 45. Nice Simon!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

This is a Crocker, right?

Crocker Bob Job?

Rich has informed me that this is actually a 101 scout with overhead conversion. One day Rich I'll stump you!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What is a bobber?

Lucky asked a good question. Can a Sportster be a bobber? I have my thoughts and ideas on it and have gone round and round with Wes and others on the subject. I say a Sportie can be bobbed, but not really a Bobber. To me a bobber incorporates a style and a time period. When you get into the mid 1950's, especially with swing arm bikes, I feel you start getting into "customs." Not yet "choppers", but no longer bobbers. Bobbers were modified street bikes used for multi purpose. Stripped for class C racing and the like. By the 50's racers seemed to have more purpose built bikes for racing and street bikes for riding around town. The bobber era had ended. This is solely my opinion and would love to hear yours. So from me Lucky, a Sportster can't be a true bobber. Don't get me wrong. I love Sporties. I own a 1957 Sportster and it's a mild custom, but I don't consider it a bobber. So lets hear it people!

Yorg revisited

Here s the Wing Nuts friend Yorg in Greece. I've posted his bike pics before, but I love his bike so much here it is again.

Monday, January 19, 2009

To fender or not to fender, that is the question

Ok so I put the Flattie on a diet this weekend. I took off the front fender for fun. when I built this bike it was my only ride and I had been caught in the rain one too many times for my liking, so I built it with a bobbed front fender. Now it's not my only ride and I thought I sporten it up a little. What do you guys think? Too much? I also added my new taillight. A bit pricey, but it's what I always wanted to build the bike with so I'm happy. A bit of a side note, Jeff I heard about what was in the back of your truck and I must say I am please to see you've come around! ha ha. If Jay says it is so, it is so.

Does anyone hillclimb anymore?

I remember watching hillclimbs on the Wild World of Sports. You remember "the agony of defeat" with the ski jumper crashing. The hillclimbs were at Widowmaker Hill. It was very cool. Anyone know where Widowmaker was?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

True grit and determination gets you up the hill

My Hero...Steve McQueen

The Boozefighter Crocker

Well that's what I call it. This beautiful bike was the inspiration for the green and white Crocker Race Jerseys we made at NLAMC. Check em out.


Ok so I'm doing a little surfin' on the net. checking out Paul's blog and I come across this picture. Now Wes is my friend, my business partner and a fellow Wing Nut. You would think he would have told me about this Biltwell campaign. He didn't for obvious reasons. What a Wing Nut!

Eddie Ryan and Harley Davidson

More on Bob Ross

I mentioned Bob Ross' passing a little while back and through our buddy Rich have come up with some more info to share with you. The above picture features a Bob kneeling beside his 1940 HD Knuckle with side car. Seated next to him is Ernie Skelton who used to work for Al Crocker. That's Ernie's Crocker in the foreground. This photo was taken in 1979 on a ride from Redondo Beach to Palmdale for a CAMA meet. Rich also set me an article he wrote about Eddie Ryan's shop in San Pedro and the passing of the torch to Bob Ross and subsequently to George Hood. I'll summarize the article for you. When Eddie Ryan opened his shop in San Pedro he was an Excelsior-Henderson man. In the mid 1920's Eddie had a falling out with Excelsior and became a Harley man. So from then until 1962 it was a Harley shop. In the 20's Eddie decided he needed a table to straighten frames and forks, so he made it, dug a hole in the shop floor and there it sat out of the way recessed into the floor. What Harley dealership would dare straighten a frame today! Enter Bob Ross. Bob used to purchase parts from Eddie's shop and the two became good friends over the years. One day Eddie announced to Bob, "Tomorrow will be my last day! If you want the shop, it's yours. You just pay me $2,500 when and if you get it someday." As they say "an offer you can't refuse. So Bob was at the helm of the shop now. Just before the deal was done H-D took away the franchise to start up a new dealership closer to Orange County. The city of San Pedro also wanted the shop to start revitalizing downtown San Pedro. Revitalize San Pedro! Yeah right. So Bob at his own expense moved the shop to Gardena, but took the frame table with him. Several men and a couple of days later it was free and on it's way to it's new home at "Motorcycle Only" Bob's new shop. 1970ish, enter George Hood. He started coming around Bob's shop and over the years they became friends and George was a good customer so in 1998 Bob made George an offer he couldn't refuse! Bob told him that over the years he had made enough money off of parts and equipment so it was time to move on and he passed the shop and the frame table on to George. These are true gentlemen of the sport. Thanks so much Rich for the info, you too are a true gentleman of the sport.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cool Cat...Hot Knuckle

Rick sent in this awesome pic. Thanks buddy this is cool.