Friday, August 27, 2010

that shovelhead

just went down in price. it's 500 bucks cheaper than it was last week. my girlfriend thinks i should call just so that i can see it and put my mind at ease. i just keep thinking that i could make it look like this...

Monday, August 23, 2010

black shadow

hunter s. thompson's ride of choice, a vincent black shadow is on exhibit at the museum of modern art, nyc.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

compensator nut part 2

so i failed to mention last time how i was so excited about removing the nut that i hastily put the new compensator on without really checking what was going on in my primary. as a result, after i got the whole shebang back together again, i could still turn my compensator by hand. imagine a stream of profanities fighting their way to escape my mouth all at the same time. the only one that made it out was, "shit!". so, i figure, no big deal, i'll just back the nut off again. nope. the nut was chewed from the many times that the wrench slid off (and banged my shin or the tank). the nut wouldn't budge.

i decided to buy a 1 and 1/2 inch socket and a breaker bar and try again. it worked. now in addition to my previous advice, i would say don't go with a big ass wrench purchased at the tractor supply store. go to harbor freight and buy a socket and a breaker bar and find at least a 2 foot long cheater bar/pipe to help you. if only i had done that from the start... anyway, you live and learn.

so, i got the damned thing off and crack a beer to celebrate. this time, i took everything apart. the chain, sprocket, clutch plates and basket came out. the problem was that there was no spacer between the sprocket and the rotor. aaaaand there should be. i knew that. but i trusted that whoever had this before me knew that as well. i guess they spaced when they put the primary back together. now i have some parts on order and hopefully will be riding again in time to go to vermont and see the fall foliage. hopefully, the next post will be a picture of me dancing and the bike warming up to go for a sweet ride.


this is from inside an elevator. i like it. it reminds me of a watch i own that no longer works.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

swingarm bobbers

so, there is a 77 shovelhead for sale in my hometown for $4k. it's pretty ugly. but i'm ever so tempted to buy it and make it look like this:

*edit- more swingarm bobbers.

if you're reading this and have some pictures of your own swingarm bobber, please send them and i will post them to this entry. i will also give you credit and a link to your site if you have one. all of the pics below were found on

this is slowly becoming a collection of bikes that i find inspiring as i continue to customize my own. i love these old 4-speed frames and i'm really lucky to have one.

And below is my favorite. I first saw this bike on and posted the pictures here. I recently found a blog called The BDAC that the owner contributes to and clicked the "follow" button with a quickness. This bike is great.