Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Project What's the Rush

Finally broke my builders block and settled in on bar design, tank style, and headlight size and placement on the '68 stroker long bike! 
I have the sissy bar basically finished and mounted the nice and thick Throttle Additction ribbed fender which let me roll it off the lift for a good on the ground mock up session. Now I gotta build the actual tank, finish the bars using a Cro Customs top clamp, put my thinking cap on and figure out rake and trail and build some rockers for the 18 over springer so it won't be heavy to steer. The seat on here is from my other shovel but will be in the same vain. Excited to make exhaust pipes, maybe I'll do em in stainless this time. Getting there! 



Monday, November 17, 2014

Before "The Blob"

I can't get the old Indian Chief I ran across here in rural NY off my mind.  Much poking around the internet has made me realize that chopped Chiefs aren't worth as much or as coveted as their Knucklehead counterparts of the era, but man, they're still really cool.

While researching chopped Chiefs I ran across a great article about Steve McQueen's bike "The Blob".  I'm sure that many of you are aware of this, but it turns out that McQueen's bike was actually a clone.  A gentleman named JD owned (and maybe still owns) the original version and McQueen tried to buy it from him, but he was unwilling to sell it, so McQueen just had him build a replica.  The rest is history. 

I don't want to paraphrase the original author's words, so please take a look here if you're interested in learning more.  With the red on the tank and the flatter fender, I like JD's bike just a little more than the version he built for McQueen, but both are still very cool.

 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wild

We're getting our new house put together enough where I can start to unpack some of the boxes labeled "cool stuff".  Inbetween a humidor full of dried out Cuban cigars and my Wind-Up Bumble Boxers, I found this old Cycle Guide.

Every time I see a bike like this one featured in an old magazine I smile.  The die hadn't been cast for custom bikes back then - guys were just trying weird stuff and doing their thing. 

These days we have a lot of great reference material to work from, and there are tried and true recipes to build a killer bike from.  I'm not saying that makes it easier - it's still hard and takes a lot of fortitude (and money), but the guy who built the combo below - he was cooking from scratch and you can bet there was some Canabutter in his recipe.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

far out stuff


I stumbled upon this real far out knucklehead and some more cool pans and and panel paint jobs built/painted by
Memo Ortega HERE
pretty neat, haven't seen it before.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

flames and frames

one of these days I need to do a good post on my bike but saw these picture the other day on my computer and thought I'd put them up together



And here's the leader at work...thought a lot about this picture during the job

Friday, October 24, 2014

www.chopperdaves.com

 
Here are some favorites of mine from Daves old website.  Top two are from Sweden and the bottom is the infamous Triumph built by Rudy-RIP.   I hope to see you all tomorrow at Alex's!!!
 



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WR gas tanks for sale

I have a nice set of 1941-46 Harley WR factory race gas tanks for sale. I would say they are in above average condition and are quite straight. The left side has an old fix around the petcock bung but that's about the worst of it. Email grant@getchoppedout.com 







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