More bikes from that show. Looking forward to next year!
For the past 3 weeks I have been up in Calgary, Alberta, at Mad Jap Kustoms. Dale Yamada is the owner of this operation, and has quite an impressive thing going. I would encourage anyone needing a custom bike in Canada to look no further. I have known Dale for a few years now, and we have became close friends.
I was there to help out with a custom bike dale is working on for Born Free 5. Neither Dale nor I were invited builders (there is a chopper build off as part of the show), but wanted to build a bike anyway. Sometimes you need to set a goal for a bike, and if last year was any indication, this should be a great event.
Unfortunately I cant show any pics of the bike as I left it, because we’d like to keep it a secret, but we are also doing a documentary about the build. Here is a link:
And to add to the madness, now that I am home, my full attention can be paid to MY new project, the chopper that will house the Efab “mini stroker” experimental v-twin engine. Detail of the bike are, at this time, sketchy, but suffice to say that it will be of extremely high quality, structural integrity, and anti social aesthetics. See you at Born Free!
This coming weekend (Jan 19th/20th), I will be at the IMS show at the Javits center in NYC. I will have Icarus with me! come check it out.
I attended the Mooneyes show in Yokohama Japan with Mr Matt Olson, his wife Britney, his Dad Carl, and Ironworks writer Paul Holsworth. It was an amazing trip to say the least. I have tons of pictures but here are a few highlights…
The cars were insane. Here is what i saw when I first walked in:
This was my favorite bike of the show. Just spoke to me….
A feakin’ Pantera:
Matts bike and a Yank racer:
Great FXR, bad pic:
Yup, plenty of chargers there:
Hows this for a chopper?
Umm, this one is way ahead of its time I guess:
And this was just upstairs..wait until you see the parking lot….stay tuned
Pulling Matt’s motor in the parking lot of a motel. The tappets cracked, and to replace them you have to pull the heads! Cant do that in the frame…
If it looks like I am confused in these pics- it’s because I was. I was not very familiar with how these bikes worked. I know a bit more now thanks to Matt.
Here are more random Cannonball pics:
A few weeks ago I packed up the “Interceptor” and headed towards the start of the “Cannonball” race in NY. Little did I know I would ride all the way to California! Here are a few random pics.. more coming.
Wow, one hell of a trip! I just returned from almost 3 weeks of motorcycle heaven, minus a bit of driving. Unfortunately my camera ran out of batteries the first day, but I have already found a few pics out there. I drove out with Jay from Acme Choppers, because we both were invited to show our work at the Buffalo Chip, where Mike Lichter has his yearly show. Once the bikes were set up, we retreated to the “Thunderdome”, Jay Allens latest venture, where we had our encampment. Dale from Mad Jap was there with us and we set up one booth for all three of us, right inside the dome, complete with Dales purple couch, carpet, and ottoman.
We did a ton of riding over the course of the week, some sponsored rides and some just for fun. Matt Olson took a group of about 20 guys on the “old Iron Putt” as Jay puts it. Matt handed over the routing to Panhead Billy, who legend has it knows every road in America and doesn’t need a map-ever. He decided we should ride about 40 miles into the middle of nowhere on dirt roads. I love riding on dirt because it filters out the do-rag crowd immediately, but I don’t think there were any with us to begin with. The dust got so thick I cant believe my motor even ran but eventually we reached a clearing, where Jay unloaded a mountain of beef jerkey packets, provided free by a sponsor of his (forgot name of company). We ate them and then all parted ways.
Later in the week when the Lichter show was over, 6 of us got our bikes down from the pedestals and went for a ride, with Mike doing his typical backwards camera position on a guys bagger. The protocall is to simply get as close to each other and the bagger as humanly possible without literally getting tangled together. For some reason Mike always sets the pace at around 75, even though you cant tell in the photos, which makes it even more complicated. It is fun though, especially trying to communicate….
Icarus ran like a champ, held at 75 for about a solid hour in high heat. The homemade rockers and solid lifters are proven in my mind after that ride.
During the week we also rode to Deadwood, Spearfish Canyon, the Badlands, “The Ranch”, some random lake in the middle of nowhere east of Sturgis, and endless miles of black hills back road.
It was great to see all my friends who I only see once a year. Special thanks to Mike Lichter for letting us be in your show- it was something I had wanted to be a part of for years.
We also checked out the AMD W0rld Championships. This is the last year the show will be held in Sturgis. Apparently The next version will be in Germany. Here was the winner of this years freestyle, from Thunderbike…
Jeremy Cupps hillclimber. I have a feeling a lot of people didn’t look at this bike closely enough. It had exposed valves and rockers with a recirculating oil system plumbed through it.
A lot more pics coming stay tuned….
Today i am leaving for Sturgis, SD. If you are going please come see me and my bikes. I will be set up at the “Thunderdome”, across from the full throttle outside town. I will also have a bike in the Lichter show at the Buffalo Chip, as well as the bike Matt Olson and I built. See you there!