Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Good Vibrations

When I was younger and I'd be hanging around at my dads machine shop; either after cleaning the lathe or sweeping the floors, I would find a magazine or catolog to look at. One of those catalogs was the Good vibrations vintage dragster and funny car parts catalog. My dad had dreams of getting out of drag boats and building a funny car. It never happened, but looking through that catalog made me dream too. 
A couple of weekends ago my friend Peter from Brixton clothing invited me along to go watch the March meet at Famoso raceway in Bakersfield California. This event was hands down the best drag racing event I have ever been to. It is worth the trip no matter how far away you are in California. Being there camping all weekend at the end of the drag strip makes you feel like your back in the heyday of this sport. Those were the days when most any regular joe could build a car and be competitive or just have fun.









Some how we snuck right up to the Christmas tree and got my hat blown off. My dad was jealous as hell.
This was the view from our camping spot.
Jack on the 50. We rode till it broke.
Great times with great people. Thankyou everyone.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

a little Born Free update....




































My Born Free build got off to a rough start. I kept bouncing back and forth between a few different directions to go with it considering the caliber of bikes already being built for the show. In the end, I went with what kinda fits in my skill set range and particular taste and that's just a simple, fairly stock wheelbased 60's-ish style Panhead chopper.

The basic approach is to keep the overall look like that of all those bikes we love in all the old biker flicks but throw in some little tricks here and there. The one thing I wanted to do going into this build was to do a chrome framed bike but at the same time, not build an over the top show bike.  So I'm trying to figure out a happy medium of those two ideas. I'm also narrowing an I-beam springer about a 1/2" per side. It's a lot of work for something that will probably go unnoticed. A little de-raking in the frame, custom bars, 21"+18" wheel combo, a slightly different seating deal and a tall sissybar pretty much sum up where I'm going with this thing.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dumby Proof


My amazing girlfriend gave me a lecia point and shoot for Christmas. I've always wanted one, and I couldn't be happier with the quality of the photos this thing shoots with. First roll couldn't have been any better.

Skated something I had only dreamed of. My brother tyler and our friend jake Reuter.
Friends from out of state. Garret & Thomas
This is the boat my dad just finished for Austin. It turned out so dam good. I'm really stoked for the both of them. If you need any work done on your boat or any CNC work done call my dad. You will not be disappointed. 949-295-0510



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mama Tried Or Bust

For the next 10 days we are offering 20% off any order 20.00 bucks or more! 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Born Free Seven...

I have been lagging horribly in posting progress of my Born Free bike for this years show. Might as well start with a pic of the first time I threw all the basic components of this build into one harmonious pile. To be honest, I haven't had a real direction as to which way to go with it. I think most of the bikes I've had a hand in over the past years have had a pretty simple vibe to them, nothing that really jumps out at you and grabs you by the throat. The level that most dudes operating at nowadays, especially among the fellow invited builders is so high as far as creativity and ability that its truly humbling and makes you rethink what you think you know. That being said, I know where my strengths lie and that has kind of steered the direction I think this bike is going. 
As long as I can remember, even being a child not knowing anything, trying to envision a bike had always churned up the basic design of the Panhead. I love Knuckles, Shovels and everything else, but the ultimate "Chopper" when I close my eyes has always had a Panhead in it. Its simple, boxy design just lends itself to following the triangular lines of a frame. It just made sense to me. Now I'm in no way going to attempt to build the "ultimate" chopper because I'm not sure that's possible from a publicly shared viewpoint, I'm just going to pick one of the few dancing in my head that suits and reflects my taste and ability...I think that's as ultimate as it gets.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sunday, December 7, 2014

NEW STUFF, SAME OLD SHIT...



Some new stuff up in the store. For you last minute shoppers, if ordered
by the 12th. we're thinking it should get to you by Christmas
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Death Valley Ride 2014...


The Death Valley Ride is a little deal loosely organized by our pal, Troy.  It's really nothing more than a bunch of friends putting down 666 miles through Southern California's/Nevadas beautiful desert.  No flyers, no sponsors, no bad attitudes... I think some people may have gotten the wrong idea and assumed the DVR is sort of an "elitist" thing because there is no formal Instagram mass-invite but the truth to the matter is if you know, you'll know....if you wanna know, just ask.  I think this method works best to weed out the bullshitters and people that probably don't belong here anyways.

I blew it the first year, then got a metal sliver in my eye the day before last year so i made sure to play it safe the couple weeks leading up to the ride. Luke, Chase and myself rode up to Adam and Tony's the night before for a little chopper slumber party and to cut a majority of that horrible downtown LA traffic in half.  The next morning when we pulled up to the meeting spot, I knew right away this was going to be an awesome weekend. Nothing but familiar faces, choppers and most of all, smiles. 

There's a reason people come to California, and it's to experience how awesome and diverse the landscape is. Some of the best riding can be done right here, and my first visit to Death Valley was no exception and besides a few hiccups (Nicks, Eddies and my bike calling it quits) everybody made it pretty much unscathed to Las Vegas. Some dudes went hard, some didn't but the one thing we all did was have fun...together.

I know I've had some rough times as of late and for the first time in my life, I'm trying to set my sights on and enjoy the good shit going on around me rather than focus on the bad shit and let it eat me alive.  This weekend was a great reminder of how rad things can be when people step up and watch out for one another rather than themselves.

My phone was dead the whole time but fortunately for you, Ben had his camera and caught some rad photos.
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Lukes Pan looked rad rolling down the road.
the Knuckle was running so good until it suddenly wasn't.
Raddy and Ryan, just a couple of baawwwssess
Eddie flew out and Uncle Troy let him ride his Pan for the weekend
Chase's Sportster is as cool as it gets
I wasn't surprised when Mumma ran outta gas.
The Busby brothers from Salinas. Good dudes right here.
DEATH VALLEY
Thanks for hanging with me when my bike took a shit shawn.
How rad is this picture by the way.
i just think Derrick is cool.
early bird gets the perm

breakfast across the street from the campsite.
RockLobsterBoyWolf
Once I realized my Knuckle was done, I started donating parts of it left and right.
This is where I put my distributor on Ryans Pan.
solid crew going on here.
Sherm lookin good.
"you sheared the clutch basket off of the mainshaft?..I didn't know you could do that?"
Ohbrono, minutes before all the liquids in his bike came pouring out.
"thats my new thing, crackin fools necks" Doug had everybody in tears
laughting the entire weekend
another one
these dudes
the real-est boss on the trip, Chatty made sure everybody was taken care. Thanks
again for the help man.
This dude sucked. Apparantly we got randomly selected to each pay $10 to ride the
road through the state park while all the "normal" people were waved on through.

Ben piloting his spaceship to another planet.

God i hate Vegas, but it's always a sight when you see those lights on the horizon.