It’s rare that I get to spend a day in a garage like this, learning and getting this old bird closer to the road. Just chipping away.
Seth is another local rider/punkrocker/artist type that loves showing up and just turning a wrench with our local guru. We cross paths at motorcycle shops more often than any other place.
Many thanks to Dunlop, who is going to be helping out the race effort with some fresh tires for the flathead. Also, peeled this off the preunit today… probably the original tire on the rim.
After the hillclimb I was hooked… it’s time to race. All of this engine prep has been going towards building one of the fastest flathead Harley’s around. I’ll need all the help I can get, so spread the word to your friends. I’ll be getting some t-shirts together for sale soon!
I would like to immediately thank the good folks at:
Hoodzpah for the logo and support!
The Shop in Ventura for the motor tutelage and parts.
Dunlop for the tires.
Four Aces Cycles for crash coursing me in LSR.
Justin Donais and Samson Hatae for their artistic abilities!
Hell on Wheels for letting me pretend like I’m racing.
… more to come.
Brought the cams back grooved, and sent back out to blast the gears and polish the cam lobes. First time using a whetstone.
Fortunate enough to live down the street from the genuine article, Huggy Bear Dave Hansen, who is imparting a serious amount of old school racer knowledge on me, and saving me a few bucks in machining labor.
I’m all about doing everything I can with my own hands, but sometimes it is best to learn and work with the guys who know the ropes. Dave from The Shop has been kind enough to take me under his wing and show me a thing or two.
While BA-Moto and I have been friends for a long time, and helped me get rolling on two wheels in the first place years ago, this is one of the rare times we’ve been pitted against one another in a racing situation. This about sums up my relationship with Nate Hudson, el presidente. Photo: Samson Hatae
While I had one of the oldest bikes of the bunch, the flathead couldn’t conquer the hill on Sunday. Unfortunate, but well worth the butterflies I had all day. Photo : Samson Hatae
No use trying to shift on this course. Photo : Samson Hatae
Always cool to see another American motorcycle testing gravity. Mike Davis’ Panhead. Photo : Samson Hatae
Meatball’s son, Axul, will put us all to shame one day. He followed his pops around all weekend on his little two-wheeler. Photo : Scott Toepfer
The Dangers are another group of Southern CA kids showing up and testing themselves. Maybe too much skin for a hot pipe and a steep climb, but always good for a laugh. Photo : Scott Toepfer
BA-Moto of Long Beach, CA has a long history of putting their shit on the line for a good time and bragging rights. Connett definitely put me in my place this weekend. Photo: Scott Toepfer