Thursday, December 3, 2009

Moving To Portland.

I am laughing so hard, I'm crying! It's all fucking true, too! Can't wait to throw my hat in the ring.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Giro di Portlandia

There was an alleycat last weekend, ironically named (I think) the Giro di Portlandia. There were only 4 stops, and less than 20 participants. You had to answer a trivia question about each stop. The first one was a song reference at NW 13th and NW Everett. It was a STOP sign that had been creatively vandalized to say "Don't STOP 'til you get enough". The next one I already knew about. It's a sign at the Portland Coliseum, funny that it's a track bike and not a BMX.

From there I went out to the Paul Bunyan statue on Interstate, but rather than slog up Interstate I went up to N. Williams from Broadway and rode that out and crossed over at Alberta. I could have humped it up that hill in my low 48x19 gear but I maintained a steadier faster speed by making that detour.

From there I went back to SW to the Ross Tower by the Tram Station. I got there by bombing Interstate to the Steel Bridge, which was UP when I got to it, and then dodged pedestrians on the Waterfront, and then went past the Cirque du Soleil site on Moody St. I should have done this one first or second. From there I went back down the waterfront to the Hawthorne bridge where a few kids caught up to me and passed me and headed up SE12th. Now I take this route all the time from the bridge to Col. Summers Park and the best way to do this is not to go up SE12th and then up Belmont, but zig-zag style thru that neighborhood, alternating climbs with flat sections and dumping you into the back side of the Park where the finish was. As I was getting there I saw the 2 dudes that passed me on the bridge coming across the park from the Belmont side, so I dug in and made it to the circle about one bike length before they did. For my efforts and correct answers I got 5th place! (more like 8th, but some got the wrong answers)
The prizes were some Hipster Cysts aka Knog Frog Lights.

Front and Rear

And a Knog hat

And a bunch of Knog stickers, that I guess I'm supposed to stick all over the place. I'm not sure I feel like doing their viral marketing for them. The were like little hipster cartoons with goofy hipster topical stuff written on them. The whole thing struck me as being insidiously cool, like one of their own had defected over to the dark side of advertising. Maybe I am projecting GenXs dislike of advertising onto the younger crowd, but I think if I was one of them I would find these stickers condescending, or at least an insult to my intelligence. Like they are going to suck me into their cool trip and buy their stuff cuz they are cool like me. Planet Bike doesn't resort to this sort of crap, but they have that "green" marketing angle. They are good lights, nice and unobtrusive, they don't really need this slick hipster marketing campaign to sell lights.

OK that was a bit of a tangent...Thanks to Miguelaron for putting this on, it was a fun challenge. And thanks for the Hipster Cysts!

Saturday, November 21, 2009


My friend NeRf apparently got his picture taken by Tokyo Messenger, chopper guy, and No Future Krew member, Motoyan.

Motoyan's blog is a big inspiration for this blog. I try to get the same sort of mix of interests on here: bicyles, choppers, cool cars, good food, etc. Of course his is much more interesting, but Tokyo is like Bladerunner compared to Portland. He gets out a little more than I do, and is a much better photographer, but I try.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Winter Projects-Wheelbuilding and a BMX Project.

Once again I will be doing a bunch of wheelbuilding over the Winter. The guy who does all my welding, Dan, needs a wheel built for his girlfriend's Schwinn Hollywood. I had a chance to get original Schwinn spokes but the cad plating had oxidized and I think they would start rusting immediately. I will use 14ga custom cut stainless ones instead, from Veloshop. They have a Phil Wood spoke cutter. I might re-use the original long nipples instead of the short ones available today. He also wants me to build a set of wheels for his mom's Schwinn Town&Country, just waiting on rims from the powder-coater. The labor will be tradesies for all the welding he's done, but he is a cool guy, so he's already flowed me a set of Mafac "Racer" brakes, and he might have a front drum brake for me as well. Good news for my 1952 Schwinn which relies on a Bendix coasterbrake of the same vintage, with a screw-on cog and left-threaded lockring for stopping. I was going to build up a B-43 for my Aerotrack, but I couldn't even get a red (or black, or white) 36 hole B-43 from Velocity, so I said "fuck it" and I will live with my Veep-D with a braking surface. When I built the wheelset I thought that I might buid a 29-er someday so I went with a braking surface instead of plain. Now I know that isn't going to happen. I rode a 29er, and I was non-plussed. I like my "26-er" better, probably because I rode nothing but a BMX until I was 19 or 20.

And speaking of BMX, if I can actually get my hands on a retro looptail "P.K.Ripper" I am going to move forward on a Buff replica. That will mean building some wheels with red or black rims and white spokes. Buff ran a coasterbrake in the back, and I have one, but I think that's just a little too goofy in this day and age, so I am going to go with a KHE freecoaster and 48 spoke because of my increased weight, and re-learning curve.

If I can't source one my plan is to get my hands on any 21" top tube BMX frame and just build that up and ride it. Right now I have a 20" top tube Hoffman, and it still feels cramped even though it is the same length as my last BMX, a Boss Dave Van Der Spek freestyle frame. Yeah that was a while ago. I missed mid-school completely while I while scootering around and getting fat drinking beer and eating Mexican food.

I think the reason that the Hoffman feels cramped is because these days you run your bars in line with your fork instead of perpendicular to the ground. This makes the bike handle better anyways. The modern steeper headtube angles used only work with your bars in line with the fork anyways, if you push the bars forward the bike gets all-twitchy and endo prone. I really prefer the modern BMX to Old-School, they work so much better than they ever did.

Back to wheelbuilding : if YOU need some wheels built I am your man. I've been doing it since I was 15 years old. I will do different lacing patterns like 3 leading/3 trailing, and 1x, 2x, and 4x. The most interesting the build the more likely I will want to do it, unlike most shops who shy away from "extra work/effort", so bring your hubs with different size flanges and rims with obscure ERDs. I can get spokes cut, so anything goes.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mike Buff

Back in the day (BITD) this dude was the shit. Blasting mad endos with hang time, doing 1-hand, 1-foot kick turns twisted till he was facing backwards, the HIGH bunnyhops, and the roof drops. He rode a Looptail "P.K. Ripper" and so did I. My frame was polished aluminum with light blue and brown decals and I had a chrome fork. I had to drill the hole for the front brake. My brakes were blue anodized MX-900s. As buff changed parts I changed parts. He had a Redline Brute stem and GT pro bars cut down 1" and so did I, he went to CW bars and a Zeronine plate, and so did I. He had checkered pads and then SE camouflage ones and I made the switch too. He had Z-rims, I had Z-rims, and then he went to Tuff II's. Not just any Tuff II's but Graphite with the Campagnolo front hub and a coasterbrake. A lot of Freestylers ran coasterbrake (Bob Haro, Mike Buff, R.L. Osborn, John "Dizz" Hicks) and whaddahya know so did I. Modified in the same way it was layed out in BMX Action: Using Bendix 76 internals with the brake arm flipped and bent to line up with the top of the chainstay, and clamped with a hinged Dia-Compe seatpost clamp. But back to the Tuffs, Graphite with a coasterbrake was an inside deal and you had to "know somebody". Not a problem as I was on a trick team called Freestyle Force with Bill Curtin, who had set up some co-sponsorship (flow) with a few companies, including Skyway. Bill hooked it up and I payed about the same as retail for regular Zytel Tuff II's. In true Buff/Haro/Osborn fashion my tire of choice was Comp Stadium's in blue or red. Later I went the Haro style of a black skinwall Stadium in the front and a Cheng Shit diamond tread tire in back. Freestylin' with a coasterbrake burns thru back tires.

The reason I am posting this bike is because I plan to do a modern interpretation of it with a new retro looptail " P.K. Ripper". I am going with white w/red, cuz that is how I am getting it. My plan is to get rid of the v-brake posts and do under-the-seatstay removable u-brake mounts and cable guide like a street/park/trail bike has. I also want to do removable u-brake mounts on the fork. I want to set it up with some red anodized brakes and Dia-Compe Goldfinger levers, and of course a Gyro. I am going use a KHE Reverse freecoaster in red with white spokes and black rims, 48 out back and 36 in the front. For now all the parts that are chrome will be black. I don't think anyone makes Chrome handlebars anymore, but I could find some NOS GT pros and chop an inch off again. And believe it or not this build will piss off the purists (yes there are vintage BMX purists) because I am making it into a modern street/park bike instead of a retro tribute bike. I like modern BMXs because they are not all cramped and tiny. The "P.K." was 18-1/2" I think, and the retro looptail is 21.25", which is about the same as street/park bikes are. The rear triangle was/is a little long, but I am still getting used to short rear triangles so 14.5" sounds short to me compared to BITD but I know there are BMXs out there an inch shorter than that. I want to be able to ride this bike, and do the same lame tricks I used to. I'm not sure about kick-turn variations without a coasterbrake, but I do have a Bendix 76, and they still make Tuff IIs.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Only Cool Shit At The Oregon Handmade Bike Show

Vulture Cycles

Tallbike loosely based on that one that was just auctioned at Sotheby's.

Vulture, AKA Wade Beauchamp said that his inspiration for building a tallbike was meeting members of DropOut Bicycle Club at the first Oregon Handmade Bike Show. Thanks Wade. As it happens you are one of my main inspirations for building "real" bike frames. Vulture is once again making frames after a short hiatus.

Wade has a sense of humor, only one in the building that day. Someone said his helmet looked Steampunk, to which Wade said "What's Steampunk?" Truly inspired.

This is Eugene. The unicycle has 2 gear ratios, uses a front disc hub, and is _____? OK Eugene, you've got me. "It's left-side-drive!" Well, it sure is. He used tandem cranks to pull it off right. In fact it uses all regular bicycle parts, no special unicycle parts other than the seat. He will make one for you if you want one.

This was the only other builder that impressed me. Keith Anderson. What a kickass little 24" cruiser. The fenders are wood and laminated following the curve of the tire. Keith had to create some special tooling to pull this off, by modifying a router to give him access as he guided his fender by hand to cut the inner recess. Then he shaped the outer fender by hand. No CNC, just mad hand skills, a true craftsman.

What drew me over to his booth was this rad old-school Pursuit Bike. The oversized tubing came pre-ovalized vertically at the head tube, and horizontally at the seat tube and bottom bracket. Carbon fiber bikes wish they had tube junctures that flowed as smoothly at these fillet-brazed joints do, and the seat tube/bottom bracket/chainstay gussets are the finishing touch. This is my favorite kind of bike, eye-catching but understated, and then the construction of it just sucks you in.

All the usual suspects were there with their entries in the Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge, which I had already seen. The design challenge was to build a (snore) commuter bike. Welcome to Portland. The results were some bicycles that were like Cadillac Escalades: utility in name only. Well, except for Tony Pereira's winning bike, and Vertigo's urban assualt bike, which didn't have fenders. Hey, we're talking about commuting in Portland, it's fenders or the dreaded skunk stripe.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Still Inspiring

This piece of spoken word and film from Eric Darby still chokes me up. Makes me feel good about what I do even when I'm just chopping up bicycles.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I ride a bike not a bandwagon.

This picture is from 5+ years ago, not long after I found this frame and fork at Citybikes for $75. One recently went on ePay for $530, ridiculous if you ask me.

A long time ago, like right after Quicksilver came out, I lost my desk job. I thought I would give being a bike courier a shot. I got a job with Choice Courier in Post Office Square in Boston, Mass. It was February at the time so I was biking in the snow and slush. I was using my MTB, a Trek 970 with some wheels I built: Bullseye hubs laced to Araya RM-20's. After some anxiety about losing my expensive wheelset I borrowed a friend's road bike, a Raleigh Technium. I liked the light weight and speed of it, and it was fairly comfortable. The only road bike I had before this was my Schwinn Varsity back in 8th grade.

There were some messengers in Harvard Square that rode track bikes. I knew this one girl messenger named Helena, she had blonde dreads, was slender, and as tall as me. I tried her bike out, and man was fixed gear weird compared to what I was used to, mostly BMX at the time. Just sitting while pedaling was almost a foreign concept that I had barely gotten used to in the short time I had owned the Trek. Needless to say that despite the pure beauty of a lugged track bike with Campagnolo/Cinelli everything, and knowing of a shop that could assist me in building one (Columbian Square Bicycle Shop, Weymouth, Mass.) they just freaked me out. I wasn't as open-minded back then, even though I thought I was, I was too fucking punk rock. I enjoyed punching and coasting and jumping off shit too much to give it up (or learn something different). I would have had to give up the Trek to get a track bike anyhow and I wasn't about to do that.

I lasted about two weeks doing this. I wasn't making enough money, mainly because I was out of shape and slow. I got another desk job and that was the end of that. I can't help to think how different my life would have been if I had got into track bikes back then. Bike-wise it would have taken me in a whole different direction. I wonder if I would have kept riding BMX (street-oriented freestyle) or if I would have gotten into riding fixed. At the time the two seemed very incongruous even though these days they are hopelessly intertwined. Just think how far ahead of the times I would have been.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

1964 Triumph Trophy SC Kustom

So this is where I'm at now, I'm pretty happy with it's stance and proportions.

Both exhausts will come up over the primary drive, scrambler style, and then dip down and meet up with that bracket with the speed holes. They will be equal length and slash cut, or maybe some turnouts.

My Mids Finished

So here they are, a little higher and further forward than stock. Made the shift linkage and the engine plate too.

And here's the brake side. The kickstand has an internal detent.

It should be better for my back to be able to "post" over bumps.

From forwards to mids

One of the first thing I built for this bike was this highway peg style forward control setup, along with the suicide clutch - on the left side and a stock brake pedal with a moped piston for you to mash down on. They were good leg extension-wise but I can't really take my weight off the seat if there's some railroad tracks or a bump in the road.

Basically I just cut the old pedal setups free and fucked them around a little. The I fabricated some mid hangers from flat stock and tubing cut from a handlebar. It uses the same bolts as the hardtail, which was bolted together and then welded on. Here's the right side:

...and the left.

My friend Dan welded it up for me, in trade for some vintage Schwinn cruiser shit.

San Lun Chee

My first customer bike 5 years ago. Trike from Beijing, China. I found this out by finding an identical one in a book calling "Chasing Rickshaws". It came to me in need of brakes, which contsist of a cable woven around the headtube gusset going down to a brake that actuated like an oil filter tool. You either tugged up or tugged down on it to stop, using your hand or foot. The gear were operated by placing the chain on the desired sprocket by hand, which meant stopping and moving it to 1 of the 3 rear freewheels, or 1 of the 2 front chainwheels, which could be done on the fly, sometimes.

The idea behind the modifications I was making was to make it appear is if it were done in the Third World, with no welding, from whatever parts were on hand. So the first thing I had to deal with was a completely non-standard bottom-bracket size, smaller than Amercian (OPC) , but larger than threaded. The only other place I've run into it is on very cheap 16" kid's bikes. I got a bottom bracket shell from Sacha White, and found out there was still about 1/16" to take up on the radius. I got a piece of muffler tubing and sanded it to fit. Then it was tapped together with a hammer everything a fairly tight sliding fit. I drilled through all three tubes, tapped two holes m8 x 1.25 and put a short bolt through them.

Then I added a "modern" drivetrain form an inexpensive mountain bike. I had to modify the rear cluster, taking out "2nd" gear and having a spacer there, so that "1st" could be used to drive one of the rear axle freewheels. The wheelbase is adjustable, but the plate that holds the hub (now an intermediate shaft, if you will) is slotted so it can be moved fore and aft. The front and rear derailleur mount conventionally, and the bb is now threaded so better parts can be bolted up.

The band brake is now operated by a footbrake, and this one is similar to how it would be done in China. The lever itself was cut out with a jigsaw while bolted down to my bench, and then shaped with a big ol' bastard file. The foot pad it just a bolt with rubber hose over it. The rest of the hardware is just from Ace Hardware. The brake pad itself was replaced with a chunk of bald motorscooter tire, and now it will lock up one wheel, as one wheel spins on its own hub, enable the trike to turn without needing a differential.

This is the easiest way to work on one, just tip it up.

I also added a front brake, and regreased what I could. It works much better with these modern conveniences and safety features but it loses a little but of it's soul and simplicity. I guess that's the trade-off when a life is on the line other than your own.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

My 2 Favorite Bikes

My KHS Aerotrack and my 64 Triumph Trophy, still under construction. I've done tons of fabrication on it: jockey shift and linkage, suicide clutch, foot controls (originally forward, now mids, much better), passenger pegs, wheel spacers, brake linkage, fender support/butt stop, kickstand, engine plates, headlight bracket, exhaust bracket, remote oil filter/taillight/license plate mount and backing plate, a ton of threaded bosses, and assorted bracketry.Fabrication-wise, all that's left is the exhaust.

It's a 1964 Sportsman's Competition engine, one of 57 they made that year. There is a big nasty hole in it from throwing the chain but it is repairable and is in an area that doesn't hold oil. It needs a rebuild including new pistons and conrods. The front triangle is a Bonneville, and that's a 6" stretch Santee Industries hardtail, The front end is from a Moto-Guzzi 850T with an axle that I turned down to accept the Harley 21" front wheel. A dual disc setup is planned, can't wait to see if Harley rotors are gonna work with Brembo calipers. The rear wheel has a conical hub laced to a Harley wheel, and an interesting story (some other time). The tank is an old Paughco "Axed Harley". I got most of this stuff about 8 years ago, and you would shit your pants if you knew what I paid!

Every year I say next year it will be finished. The reason It's such a back-burner project is because people in Oregon drive so slow and inattentively, and you can't lane split legally like you can in California. It's actually much more enjoyable to ride a bicycle. I am also much healthier now cycling, and I worry that I might fall back into old ways and get flabby again, like when I moved to CA, got a Vespa, and then stopped riding BMX.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I've been putting this off for a while, mainly because I have very little positive to say about the experience. Because of the train schedules I had to start my ride at about 11:30 am. That meant that right about the time that I got to the first serious climb it was about 80-85 degrees. I didn't have that much water with me, and the rack I used carried the weight too high, so I had to fight the bike trying to tip when I stood up to climb. My handlebars were a little too low but I figured that I should wait until I couldn't stand it any more and then move them up for some relief. This was about the only piece of strategy that paid off, other than putting my messenger bag on a rack, even if it was a shit rack. My bike has no provisions for a rack so it was my only choice last minute. The tough part of the ride was to Lompoc and pretty much most of the way to Guadalupe, except for the last bit on this boring farm road that I swear I could see both ends of from the middle. By the time I got to SLO it was dark, and it had cooled off, and I was in such a zombie-like state that the only emotion I could muster was relief. I found out where the nearest Mexican food place was and walked there, and stopped off at 7-Eleven to get a Newcastle or two.

This is the start of the "Bike Route" basically the shoulder of the freeway. Every Portlander who complains about cars driving too fast should have to ride this road to get some perspective on what fast is, the speed limit is 65 mph. It was fun to get sucked along by the trucks.

The first 20 miles was leaving Santa Barbara, and it was relatively flat, and I caught a lot of lights, so it was hardly even a warmup. Before I did this ride I would have considered this first leg a substantial ride.

Not sure if you can see it but there is a tunnel that you get to go through with cars about a foot off your shoulder. I turned on my blinky and went for it, thankfully it's a very short tunnel. There is a little "Share the Road" sign at the entrance.

This is where the hell hills start, the first one being the toughest, 8% grade for about 4 miles. There's about 3 or 4 more after this, shorter but as steep. Needless to say I stopped many, many times, and almost collapsed once. More water would have helped. I had some apples and bananas with me, I'm not one for those chemical gels and rubbery Power Bars.

This is the view down the hill from the first time I ran out of steam.

And this is the view up the hill. See where the road turns? That's about halfway.

And the view back down to that turn...

And up to the summit, but that's not really the summit. The downhill after this had me on the brake almost the whole way so I could keep up with my low gearing.

This is the view west from that never-ending farm road. A little past halfway mile-wise, but most of the effort was behind me. From this point on the ride just kinda dragged.

I stopped down the street and regained my composure before riding up to the Hostel. Thankfully the very last bit was downhill.
The folks at the Hostel were super friendly and accommodating. I went and got a burrito and brought back some chips, salsa, and guacamole to share. The Germans thought the mild salsa was spicy. I went to bed fairly early, and passed out before I could finish Newcastle #2. The next morning, after going for a short ride to keep my legs moving, I went and got a box at a bike shop, carrying it back under my arm. I boxed up my bike, and walked a block and a half to the Amtrak Station to check the bike in. The train ride was uneventful, and pleasant despite it being 24 hours long.

I'm glad I'm back in Portland or more accurately Aloha. I'm back with my family in familiar surroundings, ready to give Portland one more try. At least now I know that I was sort of idealizing San Diego, and how good I have it, especially getting around by bike in Portland. I've also gotten perspective on what "difficulty" really is, and what I can accomplish if I keep my cool and just keep going.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I'm back in Aloha, Oregon.

The bike ride went OK, more about that in a later post. I got into SLO as it was getting dark and spent the night at Hostel Obispo. If you are ever in SLO I strongly recommend staying there, great group of people and a beautiful old house.

I decided to go back to Aloha because I miss my family, my Australian Cattle Dog, and my little garage. I spent most of the day yesterday tearing down an old Novara X-R and then painting it. This bike is worth painting because it's fillet-brazed Tange MTB chromoly. It's kind of an oddball bike, basically a mountain bike with drop bars, and oh yeah it's got indexed BarCon shifters! Unfortunately it was an ugly shade of 80's purple, with pink and yellow graphics. I wanted to paint it metallic brown but couldn't find anything that color, so I settled for a metallic green, that I shot over a black base to tone it down, and helped out the gloss with some acrylic clearcoat. Plasti-Cote paint dries fast, so after I took the dog for a walk I assembled it. THIS is the bike I should have used for my SB to SLO ride.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Goin' on a little ride...

Taking Amtrak to Santa Barbara, then riding to San Luis Obispo, and then boxing up my bike and taking Amtrak to Portland. I'm going back up there already, I miss my family too much.

113 miles that I need to bust out in one day. There's only one truly evil climb. I've got a new tire and some better pedals, and my brake pads are good. Yup, a century on a track bike. I'll take pictures along the way and blog about it when I get to Portland, my laptop is too heavy to take with me. Stay tuned.

And here's map of the climb at mile 30, steepest part is 8%.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Kinda feels weird... post these pictures of myself, but Autumn is such a great photographer. I had them taken for my girlfriend Mirand.

Laying Frame

Damn I love slammed cars. There are very few vehicles that don't look good lowered, but certain ones look great slammed, just laying frame. I particularly like old trucks, almost anything big and American, and vintage VWs on the ground, although 30's cars tend to look "broken" when they are this low. This is the San Diego I knew and loved, rad cars like this driving around all over the place. Maybe they all got sold to Japan, or maybe gas still costs too much. Maybe it's because i'm getting around by bicycle and just not covering the ground I could on my Vespa or one of my motorcycles that I used to own.

I'm pretty sure this is a 1952 Ford, it had tubular A-arms and Air-Ride I imagine, and another disappointing SBC. I wish people would just put fucking Ford motors in Fords, you can't tell me they are any less reliable when the majority of Police cars are Crown Vics.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sunday Funday bikes one last time

San Diego has been fun, but I'm going back to Portland. So here's one more shout-out to the local fixed gear riders.

Noah's Eddy Merckx

Javier's "Cretin"

Laura's "La Douche"

Nathan's Leader

Jeana's Soma

My friend Mike's bike

Mike Stobbe, that is. I've known Mike since he rode a Vespa with the Night Stalkers Scooter Club. He did most of my tattoos, too. It's a Pan/Shovel, in a Panhead frame. I don't know much about Harleys, but I know what I like...

I love the way this bike sits, with it's 4" over front end. It's weird, in person it looks really small, but when you sit on it, you know you are on a Big Twin. The style leans towards Frisco, with the mids and custom-made Z/lane-splitters. I think the real influence is the movie "Wild Angels" cuz this bike could have rode right out of the movie screen in 1966.

Chopperdaves Casting Company made this neat bird-catcher.

Mike made this exhaust out of a myriad of pieces, including some ripple tube from Pep Boys. He welded it all together, smoothed down all the welds, and then had it all chromed. The bracketry supporting the cocktail shakers is as well thought out as anything you could buy out of a catalog, and Mike said he paid extra special attention to making sure it bolted right up, and that you didn't have to force it around to get it to mount up, which goes a long way towards keeping shit from cracking and falling apart. He also made those neat little fender supports from a Bung King kit, and had them chromed. He had a bunch of stuff chromed, and we all know what chrome costs these days.

I love open primary drives, it's the main reason I want to build a Harley. I will, if I ever finish my Triumph TR6SC. Mike modified the clutch pedal a little, so he could use the matching white rubber peg that goes with the footpegs, and then had it chromed. Very sixties, all this chroming going on.

I really wanted to ask him to ride it, but the combination of a 93" stroker motor, tall drive sprocket, and jockey shift/suicide clutch, made me think there was too much potential for disaster. It's for sale too, but if I broke it, I couldn't buy it.