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Born Free 8 2016 – Oak Canyon Ranch, O.C., CA

I went to the annual Born Free custom motorcycle show this year, and went full on hipster and shot 35mm film. Because of that, and the shittyness of one of the 2 cameras I was using, some of these pictures really look like they are from 40 years ago. Enjoy this massive photo gallery dump. […]

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Obituary – Passing of a Once Great Junk Yard

By the time you read this U-Pick-Parts and Aalden Brothers in Sun Valley will have shuffled off to the great big trash heap in the sky. Between the all import lot where you could always find weird French and Italian cars, and the everything lot (no kidding, even boats, semis, RVs and motorcycles) next door, […]

Pile of the Week – Yet Another Trike

As near as I can tell, someone destroyed a Karman Gia and a Yamaha XS650 in order to make this. The only cool thing is how the halves of the Gia come together in the middle to form a kind of fighter plane bubble cockpit. Does it look like the steering head from the bike […]

You’re Doing it Wrong

For almost a year now I have been doing various writing for Eastwood. Part of my job is catalog descriptions, which is easy, and the other part is general SEO maintenance, and content creation (what we used to call writing). This is one of mine, based on a video they shot at the SEMA show with […]

The Oldest Truck in the Fleet

Spotted this old timer still hauling the something up and over the Sepulveda Pass last week. He wasn’t moving very fast, but then none of us were in the morning traffic. From the sound of it he was still sporting the flathead V8 in all its low compression glory and the non-syncro 3 speed. Whomever […]

Why the Honda CX500 is the Worst Bike in the World for a Cafe Racer

I realized a few months ago that I have an almost irrational, bigoted hatred for the bike that many dispatch riders refer to (affectionately?) as “The Plastic Maggot”. Because I’m an intellectual, and I don’t lead an unexamined life of quiet desperation I have kept coming back to this hatred every time I would see […]

Pile Of The Week: CB160 Dutch Oven Courage

Its been many weeks since I posted a Pile of the Week, but I just hadn’t seen anything horrid enough lately, until now. Stock pots are sometimes “Dutch Ovens” and gin is sometimes called “Dutch Courage”, and I could not think of a more fitting name for this bike. It certainly seems as if the […]

It’s Not Finished, But It’s Done – Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Going back thru old Facebook posts, I started this project in earnest in August of last year. Here we are 10 months later and finally I have what can be called a motorcycle (with a straight face) again. It isn’t finished, not by a long shot, but it is good enough to ride around town, […]