Thursday, March 31, 2011
This is the first in an installment of posts I will do over the next couple weeks introducing you to the people who work here at Lowbrow Customs. First up, Todd. He is a friend I met when I was selling a pre unit Triumph project a few years back. If you call Lowbrow, he is the guy you will be talking to! With his 25+ years experience with British motorcycles and 10+ years as a professional HD mechanic he is well versed in two-wheeled machines. In his own words:
"I was born in upstate New York just across the Hudson River from Woodstock. I have been interested in motorcycles from an early age, all my friends rode in motocross races, but I could not afford a bike. I moved to California when I was 18 and that is where I fell in love with British motorcycles. I rode my 1963 BSA A-10 all over the San Diego beach areas and I still own that bike today! I moved to Oregon in 1989 and lived in the mountains, no electricity or phones. I was also a grateful Dead fan and did many cross country trips, during one of my tours I saw an
ad in a mag for MMI so I thought why not and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. I ended up in Ohio working at a H-D dealership for over 10 years.
I met up with Tyler about 4 years ago when I purchased a pre-unit Triumph from him. When he offered me the chance to join the Lowbrow crew just after the start of this year I jumped at the hance. I have been riding, wrenching and racing Triumph and BSA for 25+ years. I have been rebuilding stock Brit customs and bobbers for the last 10 years. I am currently working on a 1956 Triumph T-bird bobber conversion and several other unit Triumph bobbers.
P.S. If I didn’t have the most beautiful and understanding wife in the world, I wouldn’t be doing the things I love."
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Our close friend, Greg, tore down and re-built his XS650 from the ground up last year. What was a hardtail XS650 with a stock motor that he took on El Diablo Run in 2008 is now a custom-built chopper teeming with one-off parts with a built Yamaha motor including big bore kit, hot cam, dual Mikunis, racing clutch, and more. This bike dyno'd at almost 80 hp! Greg took his bike up to The Horse Backstreet Choppers headquarters in Michigan and the Horse's own Jordan Zielke shot the photos for the magazine coverage and calendar. We liked Greg's bike and Jordan's photos so much that we decided to use them in some of our banner ads on ChopCult. A big thanks goes out to Jordan for the use of his photos!
Monday, March 28, 2011
I have never made a sissy bar before, and I have spent the last 3 evenings doing just that. I also had never welded stainless before. This is the 2nd incarnation, a full 12" (!) shorter than the first version. 36" didn't seem so tall til it was sitting on my fender. Anyway.. 9/16" 304 Stainless Steel that will be polished up to a mirror finish. I still have to sort out the mounts to the fender, the plan is to tackle that late night tomorrow then move on to the exhaust. About 32 days from now this bike will be headed to California and I will be doing El Diablo Run, so I hope to be riding this bike in 2 weeks!
Lowbrow Customs is proud to announce that we are now a distributor for a company that needs no introduction, S&S Cycle. We now have in stock many commonly needed parts, jets, gasket kits and more for their popular line of carburetors with more on the way. S&S is located in Viola, Wisconsin, USA and is proud to offer 100% American-made products.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Yeah well... none of that applies to me. Im just ready to move on.
Ive owned this bike for many years and we've shared many a road together. Just finished up on the motor rebuild got me to thinking, someone else should carry the torch for this old girl. Ive had my fun with her and shes still pretty tight... So here she is up on the selling block.
-Brand NEW Amal Carbs,
-All new gaskets
-Boyer Elec. Ignition
-Paint is pristine and Chrome is all good
Asking 4500 but easily persuaded
trades for Harley, Triumphs, Dirtbikes, Slab Shovel/Pan Motors and Classic Cars or Trucks
-Marco email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, March 25, 2011
I have been working on my bike pretty much every night, as I need to get it done and get miles on it, and soon! El Diablo Run is coming up Cinco de Mayo and this is the bike I am riding! I got the Haifley Brothers solo seat mounted last week with the help of a cast stainless Biltwell seat pivot and some of our springs and spring mounts. Tonight I mounted the Gasbox 18" fender and am now ready to start working on bending up the sissy bar that will support the rear of the fender, give a nice place to strap gear, and look bitchin'.
Before I mounted the fender I got the 4 speed transmission in place and the primary more-or-less adjusted and put a rear chain on and adjusted that to the proper tension. I then put another chain over the tire and set the fender on it to give me even clearance along the radius of the fender. Top mount was nice and easy, one of our 1" diameter coped 3/8"-16 threaded bungs was a perfect fit. Bolt from inside the fender threads right in.
I used the stock HD lower fender mount tab and turned down an aluminum ribbed spacer and this was through-bolted. I will use a button head allen going through from inside the fender and then cross-drill and cotter pin just after the nut to ensure I don't have any bolts rattling loose. This weekend I should get the sissy bar done (hope hope) so stay tuned!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
"I have had the situation in Japan on my mind, as I am sure many others have. In talking about the devastation with others, it became painfully obvious that a lot of people really want to help but they have no surety of how or to whom they should direct their contributions. So, with that being said, I set out to create this original painting, using water color and one shot. As clearly depicted in this print, the red circle of Japan’s flag, (which is historically symbolic of the sun; warmth, and brightness) is being overtaken by the cracks from the outer edge of the print, (representative of the 9.0 earthquake that triggered the devastating tsunami.) With the final touch being the single tear falling from the heart of a country as a silent cry for help.
The goal in creating this painting was to put together a striking image that would help keep the plight in Japan at the forefront of our minds, while also creating an avenue for people to donate to help Japan. With the help of C & C Quality Printing, Inc., I will be offering high quality, signed and numbered, 15” x 20”, limited edition prints.
These prints are available for a minimum donation of $20 and will ship within 2 weeks of donations being placed.
ALL proceeds will be going to a program called “Socks for Japan”, and the Japanese Red Cross Society."
To make a donation, or for more information, go to www.imperialhouse71.com
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Save the Date - Saturday May 7th at Ace Motorcycle and Scooter Co.
ROCKERS REUNION VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE & SCOOTER RALLY
More info available on the Ton-Up Club Chicago website!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Mazz is the teacher / manager of the BMHS Bike Klub at Bernice MacNaughton High School, Canada's only high school chopper class. He sent us some photos of their BSA build-in-progress, with parts donated from Lowbrow Customs, Biltwell, Inc., Elswick Cycles, and many others, check out their website for more info. The bike is looking killer, we just sent them a bunch of cloth-covered wire so I imagine we will be seeing some photos of the finished bike soon enough!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Why should your child have to sit at home when you are out riding your chopper? Now you can slap one of these child sized helmets on them, set them in your lap and off you go, safe as can be! Before I get angry emails, that is just a joke! However, the rad helmet that custom painter Shawn Long of Imperial House 71 sent me as a gift for my daughter is the real deal.
My daughter Darly June has been going to bike shows and around motorcycles daily since she was born. She may choose ballet or tap dancing over motorcycle riding and dirt bikes anyway, but just in case this vintage Arthur Fulmer child-sized helmet is around to give her inspiration. She still won't put it on (yet) but when she does there will be a follow-up picture on the blog! Thanks Shawn!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Lowbrow customer Hank just sent us this photo. His bike had a photo shoot last spring with Bruce Springsteen for Mojo Magazine. Hank is the gent wearing an OG Triumph 'Ride, Wrench' Repeat' t-shirt with the skull & wrenches on the front. His bike is a 1969 Triumph TR6C with low pipes. Pretty cool Hank, thanks for sending the photo! His bike gets around, from his email:
"Steve McQueen rode this same bike in October for the January issue of Vanity Fair. Steven R. McQueen that is, the big man's grandson who stars in those Vampire chick TV shows. It was a long day but at least I can tell everyone I taught Steve McQueen how to ride a Triumph (ha ha)"
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
(From the Biltwell Blog) Here's the schedule for Daytona.
Thursday March 10- Lot opens 10am - 6 pm
Ride to Willies- meet at the Lot@ 9- ride out @ 10am
Limpnickie Night at the Broken Spoke Saloon- meet @ willies @ 8-head to the Broken Spoke Saloon @ 9pm 357 Stream Band will be playing
Friday-March 11 - Lot opens 10am - 6 pm
Cycle Source/ Limpnickie Lot Chopper Show 12-5
Live Video Tech Tip with Roadside Marty and ACME Choppers. Roadside will be swapping out a hydro front end for an ACME Springer and the Cycle Source will be filming.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
We decided to start doing profiles on some of the shops and individuals who produce some of the parts and apparel that we carry. You may recognize the name Josh Scott or Old School Helmets. Josh has been doing pinstriped and hand-painted Biltwell helmets for Lowbrow for a couple years now, here is his story in his own words:
"Dig the Lid? Old School Helmets!
We try to offer a wide array of artwork that appeals to a wide range of people and their tastes. We offer both D.O.T. and novelty lids, pinstriping, metal leafing (gilding), lettering and illustrations, and when I get time, custom candy paint. Our newest idea is distressed lids. These are hand painted designs on flat helmets that are distressed. Yes it takes balls to scuff up a perfectly good design and make it look like it has been sitting in the corner of some stoner's garage for the past 20 years. The overall look is killer and we are the only ones doing it so check em out!
I would like to thank the Biltwell crew and Lowbrow Customs for all they have done for us. Without them I would probably be sitting in an office wasting away and no one deserves that life! If you choose to wear a lid, it might as well be cool as hell. Thanks for checking us out!
Old School Helmets"
Monday, March 7, 2011
Got a nice e-mail of thanks from a customer and some pics of his 1969 Triumph Bonneville. Thanks for the kudos and the photos, Larry!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
"The engine t120 of 66-67 that I go to 1000cc. Tank gas and oil aluminum. Tank gas tubes aluminum of 76mm and of 3mm thickness connected by a plate aluminum of 5mm + silent block. Tank oil tube of 110mm in the shape of tube of toothpaste. Tally reinforced at the back level."