Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Night

skynyrd had a different opinion.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Welcome to New Granada

One of my favorite bands, Fu Manchu paying homage to one of my favorite movies.

Fu Manchu

Over the Edge

"They were old enough to know better...but too young to care."

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Garage Night

Who loves chasing wires? I do. Not really. Well, I like it a lot better when the wire colors are correct. So far, I managed to get the starter wires all ironed out. Next up is the head and tail lights. Then it's the turn signals and the horn.

This is my uncle's '82 FXR. The first year of the rubber mounts. The tins our off to the paint shop. I'll keep you updated as things progress.

I really do enjoy bring old, neglected iron back to life. And i will be very stoked to present my uncle with the keys when it's all done.

Oh, and by the way, Seafoam...that stuff really works! I bought some on a whim and dropped a cap full in both tanks. Man, once it warmed up, my bike was giving me the nicest "potato, potato, potato" I've heard in quite some time.


This is the weather we had the very next day after the fun Sunday ride. Seriously.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Great Weekend

My fiancee and I had a whirlwind weekend that involved visiting friends in Worcester(Woostah), Massachusetts for a bridal shower, and then driving back to Schenectady the next day to visit some friends and relatives for dinner followed by card games. We woke up to a beautiful morning on Sunday. We had stuff to do but decided to fire up the bike and go for a ride. She was freezing and so was I (although I wouldn't admit it). We stopped at a place that sells leathers, goggles, helmets and basically anything you could need and suited up for the 60+ mph windchill that we were subjecting ourselves too. After that, we just cruised eventually ending up in Albany for some Mexican. Below are the only photos I managed to snap. I wish I could get that phone of mine to focus better.

Friday, March 18, 2011

First Ride of the Year

Yesterday, St. Patrick's Day was my first ride of the year. It was good for the soul.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

America's Car

Saw this at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Patriotism on wheels. Interesting to juxtapose this car and the truck of my previous post.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

America's Truck

Someone has parked some folk art on my street. Looks like a fun ride. Sweet hood ornament! I salute this machine every time I pass it.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Van Haulin'

For $3,500, this could be yours! Pretty sweet, huh?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Three for the Road

I haven't been posting much lately. I've been busy with a lot of life things. I'm getting married this summer. Building a house. Life things. Awesome things. This is an entry that is long overdue though. I'd like to point out a couple of blogs that I feel are true and real.

I like to surf around looking for motorsickle related blogs. All too often I find some fashion plate posting pics from other blogs and not really having a clue. One blog that will not be named actually fooled me into paying attention for a few months. Later I found out that the blog was a full on "fashion" blog. Fashion. Really. I felt duped. The whole experience reminded me of a story where my friend's dad was out with his family shopping. The girls were getting pedicures or something so he decided to catch a film. He saw a poster that featured cowboys and looked like a western. You can probably imagine his surprise when the plot of Brokeback Mountain unfolded.

Here are three blogs that get my thumbs up. These are not fashion blogs. These are not "cool kids" talking about spending their trust funds on their first panhead. These guys are for real. Cheers, fellas.

American Wind

This blog is one of my faves right now. Pics and stories from his parents' past. Pics and stories from his own present. This guy has real heritage. This is one of my favorite posts.

Iron Vaquero

Real pics from the road. Just go to the blog right now. Follow it. And while you're at it, thank this guy for his service to our country. Much respect.

Junk with Wheels

Ok, first of all, this guy rides a shovel. So right out of the gate, he has my respect. What keeps me coming back are the detailed photos of his work on said shovel. Head rebuild, yep, he documents that. Split rockers? Yeah, he covers that.

So that's three for the road. Thanks guys. Thanks for making blogs worth following.

So, uh...

Check out this amazing knuck!

More pics found here.. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

DIY Wiring

I'm going to need this myself pretty soon. Sometimes when you're working with the results of someone else's well meaning but faulty customization and/or upkeep, it's best to just scrap the whole thing and start fresh. This simplified wiring diagram makes the task much easier. I found it searching for shovelhead wiring diagrams. This is painless compared to the one in the factory service manual.