Old School Choppers
A lot of old school choppers for your viewing pleasure:
Old School Choppers – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
In the post-World War II United States, servicemen returning home from the war started removing all parts deemed too big, heavy, ugly, or not essential to the basic function of the motorcycle, such as fenders, turn indicators, and even front brakes. The large, spring-suspended saddles were also removed in order to sit as low as possible on the motorcycle’s frame. These machines were lightened to improve performance for dirt-track racing and mud racing. In California dry lake beds were used for long top speed runs. Motorcycles and automobiles ran at the same meets, and bobbers were an important part of the hotrod culture that developed in this era. Read more
Redwood Motorcycle Run
Check out the 40th Annual Redwood Run in Piercy California, presented by the Kiwanis of the Redwoods in Humboldt County.
This was June 9th thru June 11, 2017. Really an old-school biker rally. This Redwood run is like a Woodstock type event for bikers. Really, looks like it has it all, the great outdoors, cool looking bikes, babes and music!
S&S Cycle Engine Assembly
In this video, Wally Cahill asks S&S engine assembly supervisor Travis Egge how the S&S motorcycle performance engines are put together and end-of-line tested.
All S&S T-Series engines have gear drive cams. The cranks are three piece with the mainshafts forged on to the flywheels. There are only two joints where the crankpin is pressed into the flywheels. Check out this video series about our flywheels. https://youtu.be/o0M9yd4i70M S&S crankcases use Timken bearings on the sprocket shaft. The inner cam bearings are full complement straight roller bearings (no spacers) made by Torrington. The outer bearings are ball bearings because of the close tolerance required by the gear drive cams. Read more
1946 Harley Davidson Knucklehead
A legendary motorcycle. I love these machines! Kick starting a 1946 Harley Davidson Knucklehead.
The knucklehead is a retronym used by enthusiasts to refer to a Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine, so named because of the distinct shape of the rocker boxes. The engine is a two-cylinder, 45 degree, pushrod actuated overhead valve V-twin engine with two valves per cylinder.
S&S Motorcycle Engine Old School Buildoff
This video is the conclusion of the S&S Old School Shovelhead buidoff.
Personally, being into custom choppers for many many years, I think the S&S motorcycle engine is without a doubt, the best the twin motorcycle engine available! I’ve seen many custom-built choppers where one-of-a-kind rolling art work creations look magnificent but for some unknown reason the builder decided to put in some imported, dubious quality the twin engine. Read more
Checking motorcycle drive belt tension deflection.
Regularly inspecting the drive belt and ensuring it has the correct amount of deflection is important to the life of the belt and also to the other drive train components on your motorcycle.
Most motorcycle final drive belts are designed to require minimal maintenance and adjustment but to also last a very long time. These belts typically last much longer than any chain drive and if properly cared for and maintained can last the lifetime of the motorcycle. Read more
Harley-Davidson Motorcycles – A Company in Decline?
The problems facing Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
The main problem with Harley-Davidson comes down to cost. They are just too damn expensive!
The motorcycle cruiser market is in the same place the car market was back in the day . . . import cars were cheap but viewed as low standard and inferior to American vehicles…nobody viewed them as a threat. Then the big three got complacent and stopped innovating making crap lemons while charging top dollar. Then imports quietly crept up improving, quality, power,looks and reliability and surpassed them. Then American cars were viewed as inferior. They are making a comeback slowly.
I see Harley Davidson going throught the exact same thing.These import cruisers are serious contenders. Harley-Davidson still has the name but consumers are getting smarter. Other import brands catch loyal customers a lot younger. Read more
San Diego Motorcycle Crash and Burn
This is a real motorcycle crash and burn on the freeway. This motorcycle accident happened while going north on Highway 805 just before the 805 and 15 split, at about 9:30 AM.
The story is if you watch my shadow I lean left to move over lanes because the VW Golf is going about 40-45 MPH and without using his indicator he starts to move over as well. So I lean right to get back into my lane, but the guy does the same thing. I let go of my throttle and all I could do is slam my brakes and hope for best. SKIP TO 2:20 in the video if you just want to see the crash. Read more
S&S T143 Motor
This engine has massive torque right off idle. If you are used to a stock bike it can get out of control.
This is a BIG motor with all the extra care and feeding that goes with it. Not something you’d want to ride in a parade or down Main St. during the Sturgis rally.
Here’s the official description of this motor from S&S: Read more
Born Free Motorcycle Rally 2017
“The” place for old and young from all over the world to ride in, see, and talk about old iron for one day. Born-Free 9 brought together tens of thousands of eager spectators and participants as well as over 150 vendors and sponsors, live music!
The Born-Free Motorcycle Show held at the Oak Canyon Ranch. This California motorcycles show is about the love of old motorcycles and like-minded individuals having a good time together and enjoying these bikes of the past. Read more