Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shovelin' it on

We moved from the West Coast (Seattle) to the East Coast (New York) recently and I didn't bring any old motorcycle stuff along with me. It bummed me out to look in my garage and not see an old bike in there, and then this showed up for sale locally. Sometimes they just find you.

The bike is a '69 and it is the first running Shovel I've owned. It has a fresh top end, runs, rides, shifts and stops well, and is just kind of happy. It's crazy how much quieter Shovels are than Pans - those thick aluminum rocker box covers make a pretty big difference. 

I'm paring the bike down some and lightening it up, but nothing too crazy...we'll see how things come together.  I am optimistic. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kicks just got even harder to find

RIP Paul Revere.
Mr. Revere passed away Monday at the age of 76.  You've probably already heard the news but I wanted to make a post anyway, this type of garage rock used to be all I listened to.



Hits like "Kicks" and "Hungry" drove this gimmicked band to the top of the charts on occasion.  I've always dug the Raiders Coach that George Barris built for them.  What a crazy concept!  Man, you had a cart with a GTO grille and a Pontiac motor pulling a real 1800's coach body.  Whatever happened to this!!!!!!

 
 Here is Paul a few years later on his chopper!  This is from an old Street Chopper article.  Story goes that Paul Revere rode the bike across country to promote the Raiders latest record.

 

Friday, October 3, 2014

they're gonna put me in the movies



Last Summer a bunch of us got the call to bring our choppers down to the set of "Inherent Vice"
They told Grant that his hair was too long and his bike was too nice...
If you blink, you'll miss us.  Looks like a really good movie though, and it was a lot of fun to work on.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stay Chiefed (Still available)


 











I went out to the apple country here in NY recently to buy a nice '69 FLH and the gentleman I purchased the bike from had this tucked away in the corner.  He is interested in selling the bike, and although I've always wanted an Indian, it's not in the cards for me right now. 

The owner is not an internet, cell phone, or - um - electricity type of guy, and after a nice conversation and the purchase of the FLH, he asked me if I'd help him sell his Indian.  I told him I would, so here it goes: 
  • '46 Indian Chief - motor, transmission and frame
  • '52 forks and tanks.
  • De-skirted rear fender and old ribbed front fender
  • Random solo seat
  • 16's front and rear
Hit me up with an email at arobinson0217 at gmail.com with questions.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Road trip to Detroit for the Oily Souls, warm up post

Super lacking in the post department here (seems to all go on Instagram these days...) but here a bunch of random shots from the last little while from home and my trip to denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Ohio, Nebraska, and Salt Lake. Drove to Deteoit mainly for the Oily Souls show which was a blast!


There's tacos under there

Something for everyone at Kung Fu Tap and Taco. Been about 8 years since I last was here. Hadn't changed a bit. 

Made it to Greg's house in Plymouth, MI!! Dinner was waiting!


Greg's garage doesn't suck. 

Guess this is known as the "headstone of Detroit" 

Brad, terry, and Ry and the gang are awesome hosts! More on the show later. 

Drove past Davenport twice on the trip, days before the swap started...doh. 

Nice "short and curly" on the tub rail at the Holiday Inn Express in Lexington, Nebraska. Skipped the shower that night. 

5,300 miles like this by yourself in a '96 S-10 isn't recommended if you are 6' 3". Under all that crap behind the seat is a bike I picked up on the way back minus frontend and rear wheel...for the record my truck performed flawlessly. Ice cold AC, cruise control for when there wasn't construction (grrrrr), and got comfy with some audio books to kill time. 






Monday, August 25, 2014

tanks alot

to everyone who purchased a poster and got a chance to win my paintjob.  Congrats go out to Craig Kenyon of Massachusetts on the win!  Also Neto from Repphoc in Las Vegas for the good try prize.
Ill be doing these from time to time, also gearing up to flame a bunch of tanks for fun, stay tuned!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Oily Souls show in Detroit!!

Next weekend is the 2nd annual Oily Souls show in Detroit! Brad and the gang know how to rally the troups and put together a killer looking bike show. They have an impressive list of invites, not to mention all the ride in bikes that will be there. I'm bringing out the ol orange Shovelhead too, it's gonna be fun!








Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Oh, it's Wednesday

Our classic design never looked so good...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wheels Through Time and day dreams...


Sent in for a chance to win one or possible two custom VL's from Matt and Dale this year at Wheels Through Time out in North Carolina. Bought a bunch and they come with tshirts, but Matt tossed in a couple of DVD's too! Thanks Matt!!! Popped the first one in the other night about the insane factory race, possibly 1 of 1 board track bike and fell in love!!! For starters it's possibly my favorite color on a bike...you should watch this if you like old bikes!

I don't have cable, but those of you that do, tune into What's in the Barn on Tuesday nights. CLICK HERE for all the info on the museum and what the guys are up to. Someday SOON i'm gonna make it to the museum too!!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Doctor Rides Again!

Domenic, Dylan, and Harpoon have been dotting the I's and crossing the T's on Harpoon's freshly rebuilt and now FULL SHOW panhead! Tonight it is basically done and ready to start breaking it in. Can't wait to ride next to this bike again on my Shovelhead, like old times! 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Splitting lanes hats are back!

Back in stock, our splitting lanes is not a crime hat!  Each order comes with splitting lanes stickers for your bumper and your helmet!

Monday, July 21, 2014

$20 Paintjob Poster Prize!!!!!

Ok Folks, here is the deal:
There are 100 of these 18x24" posters that will be rolled up in 100 individual tubes.
This poster is of Chris Broders 1949 Chevy Kustom, built by Circle City Hot Rods and painted by yours truly.
The talented Mark Kawakami took all of the sweet pictures.


 
 
In one of these tubes a "golden ticket" will be placed and the whole batched mixed up before any address label is attached. All tubes will be mailed out simultaneously on the same day via USPS priority mail.
 
What does the golden ticket get you? It gets you this Lowbrow Customs Peanut Tank and Ribbed Fender that I have painted with a tangerine "pebbeled" Murano Pearl base and a modern type yellow pearl kabuki scallop design.

 
This is a brand new tank and fender folks, with a brand new paintjob!
(and if you don't like the paintjob, and sandblast it, I wont be offended, this is still a hell of a deal for a brand new tank and fender!)
But wait there's more, "a sorry bud, nice try" voucher will be placed in one more tube that will be good for a t-shirt and one of our "hood-lite" cast aluminum license plate and tail-light bracket.
 
Now you gotta be asking yourself, whats the deal?
The deal is $20.00 for one tubed poster (plus shipping) in the USA and perhaps this tank and fender will be yours!
(that's like 1% of the real cost of a decent paintjob!)
 However, this offer is good until next Monday July 28th.  All sales will stop at midnight and all tubed posters will be shipped by noon on Tuesday July 29th.
 
go here for yours today
 
Thank you!
Harpoon

Sunday, July 20, 2014

RIP James Garner

Pretty sure the "Scrounger" is racing his blue "Goodyear Grabber" against the "Cooler King" in his red "Baja Boot" somewhere in the great beyond...

TOns of BF6 photos

Mooneyes has over 500 photos from Born-Free 6 posted on their site, HERE
Check em out! you might find one of yourself


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Van Nuys 1972

 
some more here

Thursday, July 17, 2014

aint nuthin but a little skunk...

 


Our little friend 'Burner' is back in blue and ready for you!
this is one of our classic designs that we really wanted to see in BLUE!
So we did a reprint
Tank Tops, Tees, and Long Sleeves!
If you need a shirt like uncle Frank here,
Pick yourself up a lil skunk today!
 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

born free 6 paint jobs

I didn't get to take many pics at the show, but our good friend Steve managed to take quite a bit.
here is his photo report

Mooneyes

from these pics I grabbed some shots of paintjobs ive done over the years
check them out









Thursday, June 26, 2014

What is it all about?

People do all kinds of things for as many reasons, but why motorcycles?
Living legend Tom Fugle tells the story about his life long passion of choppers in this video we had Scott Pommier shoot for Born-Free. I've watched about 8 times so far and I still get a choked up because you know this man is true. You know he loves what he does.

I'll be away from the computer (not that we're here much as it is!) for the rest of the week getting Born-Free ready, but couldn't think of a better way to leave you. DO what you love for yourself. Do what you want to because you love it. The rest will come and go as they search for what makes them happy.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Born-Free 6...2 weeks AWAY!!!

Kinda scary and exciting, but there is basically two weeks left until Born-Free 6! We've made a few changes to the format this year to try and harness all the craziness of last year's event. In case you've had your head in the sand the pat 12 months the show will be two days this year for the first time (June 28 and 29) and there is also an admission each day. IT's just $10 and you can get a Fast Pass wristband online from Lowbrow Customs HERE for those that want to RIDE their bike into the show and have a place to park! The show fills up fast each year and we came up with this idea to help guarantee a spot for those that really want their bikes inside, not just for anyone wandering up the canyon. Online Sales end this Monday so don't wait!!! Otherwise you may be parking out in the lot with the cars.
There are also lots of giveaways again including TWO bikes! Your choice of about 12 of the Invited Builder bikes on Saturday and a Killer '47 Knucklehead built by Small City Cycles' Todd Asin on Sunday, plus Miller TIG and Mig welders and more! CLICK HERE to enter. We've made every effort to make this year the best one yet!

For all the info and more please check out the recently built new website www.bornfreeshow.com and be sure to also spend some time on the Born-Free Show Youtube channel for tons of videos from this year all the way back to the beginning.



Friday, May 30, 2014

Goodbye Droopy

Jeff, Shawn, and myself rode our full show choppers to Droopy's funeral because there really was no other option, Droopy deserved it. RIP. Glad he lived a long full life rich with history. Something to think about. 


Thursday, May 29, 2014

BLENDS X VANS

Our friends over at BLENDS are doing another limited edition Vans shoe and for some reason wanted to use this fat and ugly guy for a "model". I hope the shoes do well despite me!
Here's the video they shot at the Cycle Lodge. The shoes come out in a couple days and I guess are gone within a few hours normally! CLICK HERE to get more info

BLENDS X VANS OLD SKOOL from Mickey Aure on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Custom Black Stack

Oliver from The Cutrate had his FMA Short Velocity Stack for his Super-E black anodized for his Born-Free 6 build. Pretty cool!