Thursday, September 30, 2010

Next year.....

We were planning on hitting the road for the Bonneville World Finals this Sunday but due to a family health issue we won't be making it. These things happen, looks like we will just have to go after those records again next August. Thanks to everyone for all the support this race season! Cheers, Kyle and Tyler

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Little Sissy Ingenuity

Grant Donaldson sent us some photos a while ago of his bike-in-progress. He used a Builder Sissy Bar Kit, some Bungs, an Afterhours Titmouse Tail Light, and some time and skill to fab up this cool sissy bar / tail light combo on his Triumph.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Customer Bike Build Photos Needed... Now!

We have quite a large undertaking in full effect at the moment, and we need your help. Weirdo issue #1 is being designed right now, which is going to be the first full length Lowbrow Customs catalog / zine. It isn't going to be a throw-away catalog, but a standalone magazine with content and customer builds as well as parts and apparel we carry. The customer builds is where you come in.

Three pages in issue #1 are going to be devoted to a customer's bike, one American, one British, and one Metric. What we need is at least several photographs, as high resolution as you have, and a brief writeup on the bike. Quality photographs of bikes with both full length shots and closeups are best.

There is a tight timeline as Weirdo issue #1 is going to be available soon, so we have to put the deadline at this Thursday night, September 30th. We will choose 3 customer bikes to include in the first issue, and will post other submissions on the Lowbrow blog. So don't delay, email your submission to me at


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dave's Modern Triumph Chopper

Dave Rhinehart sent in some photos of his recently completed modern Triumph that he chopped with the help of an LCFabrications Hinckley Triumph hardtail frame that he picked up from us. He did a killer job! You can check out more custom chopper and cafe racer parts for modern Triumphs here.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A little work on my 67 Triumph Land Speed Bike

I spent a little time in the shop today working to get my bike ready for the Bonneville World Finals, we leave in just over a week so it's crunch time again! I am switching classes to special construction/partially streamlined pushrod gas. The record is actually a bit softer but I had to do a bunch of modifications to put me into the proper class. These changes should help me go faster too! I will finish the mods and mounting my fairing tomorrow. Special thanks to Glass From the Past for getting me a fairing out on such short notice! Cheers, Kyle

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Aussie Invasion at Bonneville Speed Week!

One of the first days of racing I see this bike on the start line while I am waiting for my turn to run. I literally did a double take, took some pics and watched the bike take off....a Vincent...Really?! It was another day or so before we got to meet this crew from the other side of the globe. Ends up they were here to run at Speed Week then stay on and run the BUB trials also, all in all they were spending about 5 weeks in the US traveling in between just crushing records in their classes.
L to R: Mal Hewett, Shane Hicks, Mark Hamilton (Digger), Bill Lockwood, Col Kranz, and Paul Wilkins and their World Record Holding Vincent!
Here is most of the Aussie crew, along with my dad, Tyler and myself waiting in line for one of our last runs at Speed Week.
These guys are the real deal, they left Australia and came halfway around the world to race the salt and make some history. And evidently terrorize some casino waitresses I hear! Hope to see you guys next Speed Week!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fork Co. Parts from Japan Now In Stock at Lowbrow Customs

Lowbrow Customs is proud to now stock cast aluminum parts from Fork Co. in Japan. Fork produces top notch parts for Triumphs, Harley Davidson Big Twins, Sportsters, and Yamaha XS650. The first batch of parts is now online, with more being added shortly. Check them all out here, there is something for everyone!

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Lowbrow Holeshot was a Sucess. Fun was had, tires were ruined.

The Lowbrow Holeshot was a blast. There was a great turn-out, between racers, spectators and party-goers there was a turnout in the hundreds. The quantity and quality of photos started to wane as the night went on (I can't figure out why haha) but by nightfall there wasn't a parking spot to be had, bikes everywhere, and camps set up all along the entire back fence right near the motocross track.

A big thanks goes out to the sponsors who helped us make this happen. Those sponsors include Biltwell Inc., Chop Cult, Fabricator Kevin, Four Aces Cycle, Greasy Kulture Magazine, Hobgoblin Dark Ale and Sideburn Magazine.

We have uploaded a bunch of photos to a flickr album here, for those of you who were there, please email us ( any of your photos from the Holeshot that you would like us to include in the album. Thanks!

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Lowbrow Holeshot is Tomorrow!

The Lowbrow Holeshot is TOMORROW! You can find up-to-date information on the Lowbrow Holeshot webpage. Hope to see you there, should be a blowout!

Straight Outta Mexico City!

Alberto from Mexico City sent us these pics of his 1961 Triumph project, what a great looking bike! We always love to see what you guys are doing with all the parts we send you, keep the pictures coming in! Cheers, Kyle

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New xs650 Project in the Stable

I sold my BSA to my friend Greg, and I am never happy unless there is absolutely no room in the shop to move and so I figured it was time to find another bike to work on in my spare time (ha). Picked up this '75 Yamaha XS650 dirt tracker a couple hours south of me. Runs (kind of) and rides, needs new points and throttle cable. I am going to try and get it dialed in just enough to rip around on it this weekend at the Holeshot and work on it more after that.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Giveaway Items Are Here!!

We just got a big box of promo items in, Lowbrow Lapel Pins are back by request and NEW Lowbrow Weirdo Keychains are in too!! Spend over 100 bucks through the website and get one of these for free in addition to the usual free stickers! If you want to specify one let us know in the order comments and we will try to accommodate, and remember quantities are limited! Cheers, Kyle

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hell On Wheels Calendar Release Party

Do you like to party? Check out the Hell on Wheels Calendar Release Party coming up on October 9th in SoCal.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lowbrow Holeshot - Free Dirt Track Racing & Party This Weekend

The Lowbrow Holeshot is this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 18th & 19th at the Western Reserve Motorcycle Club in Salem, Ohio. You can find up-to-date information on the Lowbrow Holeshot webpage. If you want to see some of this

Hang out after the races and have some beer and hot dogs, etc here (oh yeah and two FREE kegs of beer)

Walk 30' into the clubhouse bar and drink here ($2 a can) with a bunch of like-minded individuals

Wake up Sunday morning, shake off your hangover, and hit the woods for some awesome trails and break your leg on the dirt track (you gotta sign the waiver first!)..

all for FREE then come out to the Lowbrow Holeshot in Salem, Ohio next weekend! Thanks to our fine sponsors Lowbrow Customs, Biltwell, ChopCult, Hobgoblin Dark Ale, Four Aces Cycle, Fabricator Kevin, Greasy Kulture Magazine and Sideburn Magazine.

Keep an eye on the webpage here for updates

Thanks, see you there!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lowbrow Customs Launches New Mobile Website

We have just launched a new mobile version of our website, packaged perfectly for viewing on your mobile device such as an iPhone, Droid or Blackberry, to name a few. It contains all of the same content as the traditional website but streamlined for quick loading and easy browsing while on the go. From up-to-the-minute blog posts, whether it be race updates, new products, or just what is happening at the shop, to the highly popular DIY Tech Tips section and the full online store with secure ordering, the mobile website makes your browsing a painless experience. Check it out at the usual spot,

Leavin on a jet plane.....

I'm sitting at LAX waiting for my flight home to board and reading this far I agree with alot this guy has to say about today's work culture and the rewards if working with your hands. nice to see the hype is deserved in this case.
I also wanted to thank the Biltwell crew as well as everyone at JRC for the hospitality the last couple days! Cheers, Kyle
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

The first Video DIY Tech Tip by Lowbrow Customs

Above is the first trial DIY Tech Tip by Lowbrow Customs in video form. Shot this off-the-cuff video and see how it would turn out. Nothing crazy-technical here, this is just a good reference to new British motorcycle owners on how to change out a throttle cable. I have had this question asked to me many times, and it seems simple, though remembering back I am sure this was a 10 minute operation for me where now it is 10 seconds. Let me know what you think by posting comments here on the blog or on youtube... but be kind, I am new to doing any sort of video :)

Please subscribe to our lowbrowcustoms youtube channel for all sorts of motorbike related videos, and there is also a lowbrowproducts channel for video product descriptions we are starting to produce that will soon be available in product listings on the site!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lowbrow Customs is Proud to be an FMA Stockist

Another brand to be welcomed to Lowbrow Customs is FMA, or Freedom Machinery & Accessories for those not in the know. FMA is run by Grant Peterson and the Harpoon, and they put out some high quality, distinctive hard parts and apparel. You can check out the first couple items in stock here.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Salt Ghost At Bonneville Salt Flats 2010

These are just a few teaser photos from Jon Glover who hung out and lent us a hand and photographed the activities for a couple days during Bonneville Speed Week 2010 while we were there with the Four Aces crew racing. I can't wait to get the CD in the mail and check out the rest of the photos, these look amazing.

Here is a pic of Theo Ozen who built this bike and raced it for a couple decades at Bonneville Speed Week in 1967. Stay tuned for more info on both man and machine.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Shopt Time With My New Toy

I finally got my English wheel mounted and was able to start playing with it. I knew there would be a bit of a learning curve since I have never used one before and of course I decided on a super ambitious aluminum fairing project (less than 5 weeks till Bonneville World Finals!) for my 67 Bonneville LSR bike! It is a super cool tool and I know I have just scratched the surface of what it can do, I can't wait until I have more free time to keep trying!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bonneville Speed Week 2010 Photos

You can check out our Flickr album of personal Bonneville pics here, it includes photos from when we first left until the end of our trip. Unedited just a bunch of photos, lots of cool stuff, there are 251 of them for you to peruse.

Michael Van Parys hung out on the first Sunday and took photos, these 42 photos are the first batch he sent us. More to come from him, and also from John Glover of Salt Lake City who helped out on Monday and Tuesday and took tons of photos. Stay tuned to the Blog for more as they come in.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

More customer rides!

Our friend Arturo in Italy sent us these pics of his friends Norton chopper. I thought it was pretty cool, it's rare to see a Norton chop even here in the states!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My Office.

Here is a shot of where I work for a good chunk of the day. I am sitting here right now typing this blog entry. I wanted to show off my signed Raplh Steadman print that I bought for myself a year ago, I finally got it back from being framed and hung it up. If you don't know Ralph Steadman, he is the artist who did the illustrations for HST. Among the clutter and paper, finned timing cover and cast Hunt mag and Pan springer hobknob with scribbled notes, reciepts and to-do lists from Kyle.