Thursday, July 22, 2010

compensator nut

pray that you never have to remove this on your shovelhead. it was a pain right in the ass. the previous owner had about a gallon of red loctite on there.

what makes it suck even harder is that you shouldn't use an impact wrench on it. you could mess up your bearings or your flywheels (maybe) or throw the magnets off the rotor. instead you use a jambar and a lot of patience and strength.

if you do happen to feel like taking that damned nut off, check out this link first. a guy named hawg ryder explains how to make your own jambar. hawg's jambar.


my band danger field played at trash bar in brooklyn. it was a monday night and we didn't expect much but with free beers from 8-9pm (just happened to be our time slot), we had a decent crowd. the drunker they got, the better we sounded. here are some pics from the ride down and some sights of bk. if you want to hear some old school hardcore punk, check out danger field. the tracks were recorded by the legendary don fury. yes, the same fury who recorded gorilla biscuits, quicksand, agnostic front, etc, etc.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

two lane blacktop

on my must see list.

Friday, July 16, 2010

45 Magnum

45 flatty bottom with a sporty top. During WWII, the WLA 45 was the workhorse motorcycle of the US Military. During the late 60’s and early 70’s, some folks would buy an old 45, chop the frame and put a sportster top end on it. the result was what you see in the pics.

despite looking cool, it was supposedly a recipe for disaster. Here is a quote from a book called What Fits What on Harley-Davidson Motorcycles 1936 thru 1983 by Mike Arman and Kurt Heinrichs.

"Some magazines have featured a how-to-do-it on something called a '45 Magnum', this being Sportster top ends on a 45' case. Don't do it. The result is a loud, expensive noise from the greatly overstressed lower end, the immediate cessation of all forward motion on the part of the motorcycle, and dents in the gas tank when the unhappy owner bangs his head against it in frustration."

looks cool though.