Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jay Bell Benefit Saturday, Dec. 3rd Lewisville, TX

Jay Bell, a friend of Scott at Backstreet Buckets, was in a bad bike wreck earlier this month. A drunk guy with no insurance, no license, and former DUIs pulled an illegal U-turn in front of him at 40 mph. Jay lost a leg and is pretty banged up but is pulling through and is in good spirits. If you can make it to this benefit, please do. They are also accepting Paypal donations, see info on the flier above for details. We sent Scott some gas tanks to paint, and Biltwell sent out some helmets, and once they are done there will be a silent auction with all money going to help Jay out.

Thank You Letters From Texas Classroom

The kids pictured above are from Mr. Wills's fourth grade class in Texas. Money contributed by Lowbrow & our awesome customers in the month of October helped buy their classroom a laptop computer. We received some thank you letters here from the kids, it is appreciated and I just get a kick out of seeing little kids writing 'Dear Lowbrow Customs'.

We have added Toys For Tots as one of the charities during checkout so that if desired you can round your order to the nearest dollar and donate the spare change to a worthy cause. Thanks for your support and helping make kids happy!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Busted Knuckle Benefit for Lynde Motorsports Saturday Dec. 3rd Brattleboro, VT

Coming up this Saturday, December 3rd in Brattleboro, Vermont is The Busted Knuckle Ball, a benefit party to help out Uncle Stanley and Lynde Motorsports. Keep up to date via the Facebook event page here. Our friend Steven Sanderson of Paradise Motorsports brought it to our attention, here is the low down on the event:

"Lynde Motorsports in Brattleboro Vt. was badly damaged in the flooding due to tropical storm Irene. Stanley Lynde has owned and run Lynde motorsports for the last twenty years. Stanley’s contribution to the motorcycle community is unrivaled in our area. Let’s just say he’s too nice of a guy to ever get rich. His friends and family are pulling together a party in his honor.

On December 3rd the 1st annual “Uncle Stanley’s Busted Knuckle Ball” will take place at the Stone Church on Main St. in Downtown Brattleboro

Bands: Drunk Stuntmen, Rob Skelton’s Pitchfork, T-Flood
Refreshments and Prizes!
A suggested $20.00 donation will help them recover some of their losses. In lieu of (or in addition to) a cash donation we also are still looking for help w/ the event and or prizes for the silent auction. This is a family friendly event with contests and activities for the kids. Children under 16 will be admitted free. As it gets later it will get less kid friendly."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cyber Monday Special: FREE SHIPPING!

That's right, Monday, November 28th, 2011 there is Free Shipping at Lowbrow Customs! This applies to all orders in the continental USA, excluding frames and hardtails. No coupon code necessary, just check out as normal and you will receive free shipping. One day only!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lowbrow Customs Featured in New Triumph Brochures

A few weeks ago we got an interesting phone call. Some of our photos, taken by Lowbrow team photographer Jon Glover, were of interest to Triumph Motorcycles. We just got some of the new line sheets for 2012, the flip side being a poster featuring Kyle running down the Salt Flats on his 1967 Triumph at Bonneville Speed Week this year! Pretty rad, and we are honored. Keep your eyes open for them at your local Triumph dealership. The only down side is Kyle's head grew some more and now he needs to buy a bigger helmet, hah!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Salt Ghost Stockholm Premiere Dec. 7th, 2011

Magnus of Ton-Up Club Sweden has set up a Salt Ghost Video Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden at The Liffey on Wednesday night, December 7th, 2011. We are stoked that he wanted to set up a screening and show our film to some like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts far from home. Check out the Ton-Up Club Stockholm website for up-to-date info on the event!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I have a lot to give thanks for. The first thing that comes to mind, my little girl Darly, the apple of my eye. My family & friends I get to work with on a daily basis. Everyone we get to deal with via Lowbrow; customers, shops, friends, it is all the best I could imagine. A heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving goes out to you all! Sappy stuff and I didn't even start drinking yet ;)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

El Diablo Run: A Mexican Motorcycle Adventure DVD Trailer & Party

The EDR: A Mexican Motorcycle Adventure DVD is getting pressed right now, so in the meantime enjoy the teaser above. You can also come and watch a screening of it and get drunk with us at The Spitfire Saloon in Cleveland on Saturday night, December 17th and enjoy some free tequila shots courtesy of Biltwell, Inc., founders of the EDR! Check out the Cleveland EDR Screening event page for up-to-the-minute info.

The EDR DVD is complete with free soundtrack CD and 24-page photo book for only $24.99! Check out the product listing here and add it to your wish list. The moment they are in hand and shipping we will be sending out an e-newsletter and posting it here on the website. Let us know what you think of the trailer!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Customer Bike Spotlight: Dean's 1956 Triumph 'Gold Digger'

"The name of the bike is Gold Digger which held true during the building of the bike. I think we all know how fast these projects can get out of hand and how broke you truly can become at times. Also I know how much time/money and effort this bike will require in the future like a true Gold Digging Bitch.

1956 T-110 650cc 4 speed
It has a 12v conversion and a Joe Hunt Magneto.
I went with a Biltwell Chumps handlebar and a narrow Freddy Hernandez springer front end, no front brake.
It has a horseshoe oil tank, 16-130 rear tire, and a stock rear drum break all on a David Bird hardtail with a 2" stretch and 2" drop.

The pretty stuff:
Paint is Pagan Gold Metalflake over Birch White (by SteveO at Liquid Illusions) with red pin striping (by Vince Balistreri)
Leather seat by Duane Ballard

Fabrication was by Jimmy Dell and engine work was by Deep South Cycles in Mississippi.

- Dean"

The Gold Digger's humble beginnings.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Loser Machine Apparel Now In Stock

Lowbrow is proud to stock Loser Machine Company apparel. Check out the Condor Vest, t-shirts, and knit hats and more here. Nice quality goods with those subtle nuances to let other people know that you probably don't like them.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Outlaw Snowdown January 13th - 15th Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Some friends are putting on an event in Pagosa Springs, Colorado in January called The Outlaw Snowdown. You can check out their website or the Facebook page for more pertinent details but Kyle and myself will be there doing a little bit of what is pictured below, albeit with less class and more booze involved.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Born Free 4, June 30th 2012, California!

Lowbrow is proud to be a part of Born Free 4 again in 2012. This show is shaping up to be even better than last year's which says a hell of a lot. If you can, make it out for the day, Mike & Grant put a ton of time and effort into making this free event happen and the quality and quantity of bikes that show up is second-to-none.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rider Resource: FTW Ride WorldWide

This is the first install of our Rider Resource series of blog posts. FTW Co has a great website, FTW Ride Worldwide, for helping you find events going on in your neck of the woods so you can bro it down with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. Check it out and get involved!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Brian's 2-Week Sportster Chopper

This is Brian Colyer's 1972 Ironhead chopper sporting a 2" stretch, 4" drop David Bird Sportster hardtail. I think Brian did a killer job, and something I find quite impressive is that I was at David's shop in Missouri but two weeks ago, and took photos (see bottom pic) of this same hardtail before he shipped it off to Brian! And here is the bike a couple weeks later, all finished up!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oil & Water Art Show Photos

Looks like the Oil & Water Art Show was a bit success, wish we could have been out there for it. All these pics were stolen from The Known Gallery website, check out the art show set up photos as well as photos of the event.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lowbrow Customer Gallery Updated; 200+ New Photos

Hell hath finally frozen over, I have finally gotten the Lowbrow Customer Gallery updated with an additional 200+ photos! Check it out, and please send in your photos if you want them included in the next update (I swear it will be moderately timely)!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Unique Take on Biltwell Whiskey Throttle Tubes

Anvil Customs does some high quality leather work, including these new seamless leather grips that are built around Biltwell Whiskey Throttle tubes, available in black, brown or natural. Check em out!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Customer Bike Spotlight: 'Juan'... Blame it on the dog!

In Jonny's own words:

"The wife and I got Rodin, a golden retriever in 2007. That got me thinkin’, how cool it would be to have a bike with a sidecar for my dog to ride in. Searching for sidecar rigs, I came across a Harley Springer Classic, no sidecar, but a great looking bike. Screw the dog, I need that bike. Bought it, and rode it around stock for awhile after pulling all the HD skull covers the PO put on everything……what is it with Harleys and scary skulls?

Really liking the bikes’ looks, but still needing to make the bike “mine”, I bought a stage IV kit on eBay and installed it. That engine is a complicated as a Briggs and Stratton lawnmower engine. Now my bike was fast, for a Harley, but still looked stock. I still love riding the Harley, but the fuse of modifying had been lit, I need to build a whole new bike.

Now with it being my first build, I was looking to spend as little as possible, use something different and end up with a bike that when people ask, “you built that yourself?” and they really don’t know. I’ve seen home built bikes that look…….how do I say this……..home built. The Internet is full of information and parts suppliers for CB750s. Came across a bike called the “Super Bobber” built by CycleX on my internet surfing. It was long and low, and unlike any 1970s looking Honda chopper I’d ever seen, so a CB750 it would be……… keep it clean, no clutch, it would be a CB750A HONDAMATIC.

I picked up a donor bike off of Craig’s list in Tampa cheap and rode it down to St. Pete with gas leaking out of the carbs and stalling at stoplights. Got busy with the tear down. The first to go was the Vetter faring, man was that thing fugly. A Call to Cycle X for their “Boxer” frame, dual carburetors, and down-low-speedo, and I was committed to the build.

The original hubs were laced to new rims. The original forks were shaved, shortened 2” and polished up for a smooth look. The frame showed up to my front door, and it wasn’t long before I had a roller. The gas tank is a Cole Foster. I had an oil tank to hold my battery and electrics (wet sump in the hondamatic) but it seemed sort of “fake”, so off it went. Same with two rear fenders I bought on eBay, before settling on a blank I cut up myself. Lowbrow hooked me up with all the bungs to mount my fender and seat, a cool stainless seat hinge and seat springs, they also carry the model ’33 tail light and chain tensioner I used. Thanks to Patty Perfect’s borrowed stick welder, everything got tacked in place. Everyday was like Christmas as it seemed there were always boxes on the front porch to be opened. Our mailman, Joe, carried most of my bike to me one part at a time.

When the bike was almost done, I couldn’t wait to ride it, so…………………..a quick wiring job and a rattle can paint job and “Juan” the rat was on the road for two weeks. I had so much time in it by now, I had to finish it properly, so the bike came apart again, for powder and paint. I spent the time waiting to buff and paint the motor. With all my new shiny parts back in my Florida “hot ass summer in hell” garage, “Juan” came back together quite quickly. It had been almost one year after the trip to pick up the old sad looking 1976 CB750A with my VERY supportive wife, little Jennifer.

8000 miles later, I still love this bike. I could not have made it without Ken @ CycleX, you guys at Lowbrow Customs and Nate, a south St. Pete brother making some cool parts at Casket Factory Customs……..there you happy now Nate? Oh yeah, the dog still rides in the car.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Oil & Water Art Show Tomorrow, Saturday, November 12th 2011!

In southern California and bummed because there is nothing ever going on? Well fret no more because tomorrow is the Oil & Water Art Show at The Known Gallery in Los Angeles. We sent 11 gas tanks out for the show, and Biltwell sent out cases of helmets, and a bunch of top shelf artists painted them up for you to viddy.

Sonny Boy with a dual filler Narrow Alien gas tank he painted for the show.

Sonny Boy

The Harpoon

Kutty Noteboom


Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans, Thank You For Your Service!

A heartfelt thanks goes out to all our Veterans & troops! Thanks for keeping the King of England out of our face, and everyone else too. This all-original Harley-Davidson WLA is tucked away in the back corner at Colony Machine.

Help name this project!

This year both Tyler and myself will be taking new race bikes out to Bonneville Speed Week chasing records, you may have seen some updates on our Facebook page but we haven't said too much on the blog yet. Here is a mock up photo (and yes I know the front end has no travel, it's a MOCK UP!!) of my new Bonneville Salt Flats bike project. I will be starting build threads on Jockey Journal and on Chop Cult as soon as I get some time to sit down and load the pictures up! This is going to be low and lean, 8 inches longer, and the neck 8 inches lower than a stock Triumph!
I need a little help though, I don't usually buy into naming bikes, but somehow it is different for a race bike. There is a long tradition of it, so come on and help me think of a cool name for it! I have a couple I like, and Tyler's suggestions are just wrong (I won't even put them in print haha), so help me think of some cool bike/project names and if I use it I will send you a care package with some cool stuff! Cheers, Kyle

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Holdiay Help!

That's right, the holidays are coming! Orders are pouring in, so we had to get some extra packaging help for the holidays. Meet Bluey and Tasha, they are fully trained and ready to work! Now we just have to make sure these frisky and single kids don't start any covert office romances! They are really cute together and share a love for skating!