Sunday, December 9, 2018

1953 Honda Dream 3E

I know this is a Honda but it is very sweet.  You can still see the European influence as Honda got up and running.  The Japanese motorcycle companies were and still are masters of copying what works and sells and then making it better to out sell their competitors.

These bikes are becoming very collectible, this one is selling in the $10K range and looks to be completely original.  It predates the "you meet the nicest people on a Honda" slogan

EBay Moto of the Week...1928 Harley Davidson JDH

This is one one of the coolest motorcycles ever built, a 1928 Harley Davidson twin cam JDH.  In it's day it would do 100 mph off the showroom floor.... that was smoking in 1928 !  This one is on EBay with an opening bid of $60K with a reserve set higher than that.

 I will probably never own one but it's on my list.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Moto-Cancer Project Moves Forward

I'm really stoked this morning.  Awhile back I met a guy named Graham Nystrom while doing a motorcycle deal, he bought my K Model chassis.  I asked him what he did for a living and he told me he was a graphic designer.  He was looking at an original Harley Davidson tail light that I had and I told him that we could trade the tail light for cleaning up my graphics for The Moto-Cancer Project.  I really like what he did with it. He kept enough of my original work but cleaned it up a bit.

All the elements are there...the wheel which represents moto-cycles, the bird which represents a new start with new wings and finally the sailors star to find your way back home... which is what this all about !

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Rangoon Ricky...Only Skin Deep Tattoos

My good brother and long time friend Rick "Rangoon Ricky " Bordeau out of Vallejo California.  He runs Only Skin Deep at 622 Tuolumne Street, Vallejo.  He has been tattooing long before tattoos were cool with the main stream folks.

Back when I first got tattooed you were either a biker or a sailor.  Now every man, woman and child is getting inked.  I think it's a general requirement in Hollywood to have at least three !  I got my first tattoo from Lyle Tuttle Jr. when he had a shop on Tennessee Street, Vallejo.  Harley Davidson wings...they're a bit faded out now but I sure was proud.

When I was a young man of 27, I did a tattoo apprenticeship with Rick and had a small shop for a while.  The guy forgot more about the mechanics and art of tattooing than most people know.  And yes... he rides a motorcycle every day that the weather allows.  We made our own ink from raw pigment, built our own machines and needle clusters and in general learned everything that could be taught about the subject.  Some things can't be taught !

Indian 101 Scout Bitsa....A bit of this and a bit of that !

101 Scout Memories

This picture was taken the night we got home from Oregon.  
I had to unload it and see what I had

I got a call from a Canadian who stirred up memories of my 101 Scout dream....

This was my Indian 101 Scout that I planned on doing the Cannonball on.  I bought it out of Oregon and drove up and picked it up.  It all seems so long ago but it was only about 5 years ago.  All pre-cancer and pre a whole lot of things. Full of hope and expectations I took it all down to pieces and had John Bivens straighten and clean up the frame and front fork.  This thing was going to be done right. 

I ended up selling it to a cool guy from Texas who made his money drilling oil wells.  A hard working man who just wanted something cool.  As I said, I got a call from a guy in Canada today who now owns it !  I guess my buyer out of Texas has some health problems so he sold it.  This thing might be jinxed ?  I need to call him and see how he's's all about the people that the machines bring into our lives.

My old shop that I spent a lot of hard work putting together. 
To say it was clean is an understatement!