Wednesday, September 28, 2011

1972 CB350

On Sunday night, I headed up to Nyack to have dinner with the rents. I've been watching my dad rebuild the carbs for some time now and it was finally ready for a ride! Bike started right up and without hesitation I looked back at him and said, "it'll be fine....."

About 5 miles into my ride, the rear started feeling squirrely, you know the feeling...FLAT TIRE! I slowed the bike down a few hundred yards from the nearest gas station and walked it there. brand new tires, must have pinched the tube or something. all good, added some air and rode back to their house.

I forgot how much fun it was to ride a bike like this. Sitting upright, suspension that works, nice and lightweight and the roads at night in the suburbs can't be beat. Dark, nobody on them, trees hanging over the lanes, just really beautiful.

the twins are the way to go if you're going to get a Honda. Now, if they could just figure out a way to eliminate one of the carbs and make it even simpler...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kyuss Lives and the Sword Rules

my Friday night. rock. roll. Kyuss. the Sword.

never thought I'd see Kyuss live. Sure, it wasn't the full original line up. But the music and the show was perfect. And the Sword, they just need to release a live album because you can't capture their sound on record/CD. At least not that I've heard yet.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

photos for the future and from the show

On Sunday I had the amazing opportunity to meet up with Michael Schmidt to have him take some pictures and shoot film of the shovelhead. He used to see it as a pile of parts back in california when he was filming/shooting Kim for his sportster build, and now got to see a complete motorcycle. We took a few laps over the bridges between Brooklyn and Manhattan and then found a great little wall to shoot the stills in front of on Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn.

We were losing the light very quickly so hopefully the pictures come out as planned. Let's just say we had a ton of fun with everything from locations to wardrobe...photos to be featured in an upcoming issue of Dice Magazine.

Go ahead and check out Michael's work here.

back to the invitational:
since I only carried my iphone, AND more importantly, there were people with nice cameras at the show, I didn't really take many pictures. Here's a few links to some great pictures of the bikes that were at the Brooklyn Invintational:

again, it was a great weekend. Great to catch up with friends from southern california. Great to see Walter and the rest of the Kickstart crew and great to hang with the NYC/Brooklyn crew of supportive dudes and dudettes.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Amazing Weekend

It was a very so-cal weekend in BK. And I mean that in a good way. It was also very East Coast autumnal, in a good way.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Brooklyn Weekend

...So let's chopper! Picked up Kim from JFK last night and headed to the Kickstart Cycle party at Lone Wolf in Bushwick. It will be nice to have some company in town for the weekend.

Great times catching up with friends old and new, California and New York. Tonight is the Dice event and then tomorrow the Invitational. Oh and the temperature feels like fall all of a sudden. Time to explore Bear Mtn!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


0 miles per hour. How do people do this everyday?

Fuck North Jersey

There's a reason to live in a city without having to drive to work.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Scat Man

1963 BTH Scat. Harley's 175 cc trail bike. Pure awesomeness. Remember that song scat man? Pure terribleness.

Monday, September 12, 2011

gyspy run - fail for me

shovel ran shitty last week. Wouldn't start after last weekend. And the goal was to stay awake all night Friday in order to catch up with the crew for the Gypsy Run. Needless to say, I didn't make it. Very disappointing. Its a terrible feeling when the plan you had falls apart so quickly and the solution comes together so slowly.

so here's what went down:

New Points
Condenser failed so new condenser
Adjust timing plate
2 sets of new plugs - 1 set fouled within 5 minutes of installing
Re-jetted super E - main jet from 72 to 68
Oil Change from 50 to 60 wt.
Brass on/off valve to make up for failed petcock
Around 15 lbs of sweat loss

amidst the frustration, stopped over by Keino's shop to bother him and ask about my slipping clutch/kicker and pick up some tweaky knobs.

tons and tons of kicking went down this weekend in between good amounts of reading. Now my neck is really sore, maybe from riding on the BQE? Either way, I can't turn my head in any direction.

BUT, the bike is running.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fashion's Night Out

While the pretty and beautiful manhattan elite are out and about tonight I'll be messing with new points and condenser, getting my rear brake mounted and working, start a tail light bracket and get the bike running again.

My agent is not happy about this, BUT sometimes you need to make these executive decisions.

Plus IF things go well, we can crash a party after midnight covered in grease and gas, which I think is chic right now.

Viva Thoughts that Count

One of my coworkers went on vacation and bought me this great little dish/stuff holder.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Picture This

1975 XL-1000. Pretty and Perfect.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hoboken Night

decided to take the ferry over the hudson for some Thai food and then a few drinks after. It's pretty hard to beat the views from that side of the river.

Enjoy your weekend. Stare into the sunset. the weather outside is weather...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

70Moto Black Power Pan

I originally shot and posted this pic on August 4, 2010. It was a night at Hensley's in Carlsbad. Chris has since changed the bars on the bike. it was and still is a ruler.

Also, last night while walking the dog, my neighbor said to me, "hey, that's a nice bike you got there, I saw you kickstarting that thing, that's like old school, huh? Like some early 90's shit, right dude?" (referring to the shovel)

I said "yep, pretty much".

early 90's / late 70's....similar enough. we then started talking about dirt bikes. 2 stroke vs. 4 stroke, then the conversation turned to talking about people having strokes, and I finished it up by bringing up the band The Strokes, but he didn't realize where I was going...I was amused.

Eataly's Birthday and a Steak Dinner

With Eataly being generally expensive AND in our building at work, I often overlook it as an option for food shopping outside of the quick coffee or snack. Their produce is always fresh and their cheese section is quite great I must note. And even though I don't usually go in with the intent to purchase dinner, there was quite the buzz outside. It is their big birthday celebration so I ventured into the aisles to see what the excitement was about.

I wound up picking up three 6oz filets for $2 each. They had great deals on a bunch of different products ranging from their fresh egg pastas to canned tomato sauce to Lavazza coffee...and even crazy deals at the wine shop.

I've decided to cook the 3 steaks three different ways. First up was blackened. Used some of my favorite spices* from Williams-Sonoma and prepped the little slab of beef. Then pan seared it for 5 seconds on the two main sides. After that, threw it on the grill for about 5 minutes per side. Done to perfection. And even Rufus watched patiently.

*I've come to learn that WS is no longer carrying their Blackening Rub. Bummer, it was good. Luckily its really easy to make your own.