Old Gold {0}

Old Gold Garage Daytona Helmet

I really wish these were a) DOT approved and b) not sold out in 10 seconds.

Fuck You Robear! {0}

Tim Hendricks may be subjecting himself to embarrassment on the 2nd worst tattoo show on television; which is no easy accomplishment – the competition for that particular distinction is steeeeeep (anyone wanna take a guess at what the #1 worst show is?) but in his defense I think he’s a solid tattooist, seems like a good guy (unlike literally everyone else on the show, he never says anything retarded and sometimes says awesome stuff) and I really enjoy watching him hand-make these machines. Thumbs up, Tim!

Tuck Your Jewels – Unless You Wanna Get Done By The Wolves {0}

Not a huge fan of this guy but this jam is pretty huge.

Retarded Surgical Crew Put Jarrod To Sleep For Operation {1}

Nighttime/Anytime (It’s Alright) {0}

Thangs & Stuff & Stuff & Thangs & Stuff… {2}

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I’ll Saddle Your Bags {1}

I still love the vintage saddlebags I bought last year but I’ve never been happy with the placement on my bike and what that did to the side profile of the bike – I just slung them under the saddle because it was the easiest way to get them on there but I really think that they should sit somewhere over the rear wheel like this or this.

So, I started to think about how I could relocate them without having to alter the bags in a way that was reasonably secure and still allowed me to easily add a rear rack or passenger pillion.

Because I never throw anything out, I grabbed one of many old belts I had kicking around and turned it into something useful. I figured I could lay the belt across the center and secure it to the fender using the same thumbscrews I use to mount the pillion and rack at different times.

So I chopped & crudely shaped ‘em…

Drilled ‘em…

Oiled ‘em…

Bunged ‘em…

Screwed ‘em…

Et Voila!

The only problem is that, unless I relocate the signals (which I’d wouldn’t mind doing at some point), they don’t fit properly between those two mounts so I’ll have to push them forward just a bit. I figure I can do this by making a larger strap and using the 1st & 3rd mounts as opposed to the 2nd and 3rd I’m currently using… Fortunately, I have lots of spare belts.

I’ve also got an idea to make a removable spare fuel holder out of old belts, not unlike the one offered by Zero Engineering. They certainly won’t look as nice but will be free to produce and will fit the look of these old bags… We’ll see how ambitious I get…

Update: I really think they looked better with the shorter strap buuuuuut they didn’t really work…

Unfortunately I made this strip 3/4″ too short sooooo…

Unfortunately I think I made this one about 1/4″ too long so it’s not as tight as I’d like…

It’s ok, I can fix that easily later…

More Power! Oh Oh Oh! {3}

Unfortunately for a couple of buds who work there, HDTO is going out of business in the craziest way and everything dropped instantaneously to 50% off! It’s too bad, apparently all the bikes were gone within 20 minutes!

Harley Davidson Toronto

Fortunately for me, my man Ollie was able to put aside a set of Vance & Hines Short Shots and Andrew & Marika were kind enough to run up there to pick them up for me while I was stuck at work. I wanted to replace the exhaust at some point but it can get really expensive so scoring these at 50% off was huge! Visually, they are going to be a drastic improvement over the stock pipes.

Vance & Hines Short Shots

Despite the chirps from the “Loud Pipes Make Me Look Really Cool Save Lives” set I opted to get the “quiet baffles” which apparently drop the overall volume about 10db but still give the bike a rad sound. I suspect they are still going to be pretty loud.

Vance & Hines Short Shots - Quiet Baffles

Now I just need to try to score a decent deal on one of these and get the EFI remapped and I won’t need to touch the engine again…

Joker Machine Air Filter

I’d still like to do something with the rear-end at some point but now that I’ve dropped a bit of cash into the engine, I may have to hold off on that until next year.

One thing I may do sooner than later is take Sean’s old Aped Z-Bars (pictured below) when he finishes his super clean, Exile style handlebars. I think the stock bars that come on these bikes are rad but these would give me a little bit more of a comfortable riding position and being a big man on a little bike it’ll help.

I miss my bike! Can’t wait for spring…

You Know What I Mean? {0}

From Isaiah Seret, same guy who directed Good Man for Raphael Saadiq. Brilliant.

Does It Make A Sound? {0}

The Perfect Two-Stroke Smoker… Sounds Sexy {0}

If you’ve been reading a while, or at least since I started getting into motorbikes you’ll know that my buddy Yan has been helping me a great deal. It started with basic carburator workshops on the chalk-boards at work and ended with me having a great bike to learn on and put in a great deal of time on. As much as I really do love having a modern bike, I’ll always miss my vintage Honda and I’m really glad for the experience it gave me which was more valuable than I could ever explain…

Anyway, through helping me with my CB, Yan decided that he wanted to restore and old bike again (he’s had countless bikes but had been riding new Harleys for the last decade or so) so he picked up a sweet ’73 Suzuki and did a really extensive restoration on it which was chronicled on his blog.

Last summer, someone from Cycle Canada left a business card on Suzie Blue while she was parked in front of the office (I think that’s how it started, anyway) and they decided they wanted to do a feature on the bike. I know exactly how much time, energy and passion Yan put into that thing so it’s super rad to see him get a little recognition for it… I can’t wait to see the printed version!

Read the feature here, if you’re so inclined.

The Gravedigger’s Song {0}

I should probably clean that up… {0}

21 Helmets {1}

More here & here & here.

Soul Of America {0}

Cuppow! {7}

I drink coffee every day and at least one of those cups of black gold usually involves me drinking it out of a paper cup with plastic lid. Sure, they’re recyclable but that still requires a ton of energy and waste – I’ve wanted to reduce that type of waste for a long time and somehow the idea of carrying around one of these seems a little too precious for my liking so throwing a mason jar in my bag along with one of these is a much better fit – if you’ve ever been to my place, you’ll know that almost everything drank in my home comes out of a mason jar anyway.

“The canning jar already makes an awesome platform for a travel mug: it’s easy to clean, made of heat-resistant glass, cheap, durable, and when sealed it doesn’t leak. The only problem is that with their large openings, canning jars are not great for spill-free sipping while on the move. So we adapted it – made a new lid that lets us drink like a boss from virtually any wide-mouth canning jar.”

I’d like to order one or two… If locals want to get together to gang up on shipping, holla at ya boy.