Def Leppard: Overture 1980

In 1982, we rented a van and drove to see Def Leppard (new to America) and witness a real British metal band who jammed so tight - and totally rocked our asses off.  Often times when I hear this music again, it saddens me - to remember those days and those songs . . . and to see my youth slowly slipping away.

So get out those records and jam out, as time never stops . . .
and Have a great weekend !

John Tibben Wins The Northstar !

1972 was a great year for dirt trackin' in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.  Tibben with his rather unorthodox style, sorta side saddle, left leg bent and out, bars pulled back and low . . . hey, it worked !

Light of the storm . . .


Drove out to the Floyd County Fair last night for the truck/tractor pull.  There was weird sunlight for a few minutes from humidity and heat . . . livin' in Iowa.  Makes the corn grow.

1961 KR750

I need to make one of those air cleaners . . . and I've never seen a front tire like that (in person) in all my years of swap meets, etc.  Only in photos.

Holy Grail of Bates Seats


5 Bolts, Pull the Axle - The wheel is off . . .

 . . . that's fast.  Probably one of Harley's best design features.  The chain & brake drum stay on, and you hardly get greasy.  Like changin' the wheel on your car.  The problem is getting the bike in the air.  I supposed I could rig up a rear-center-stand, but it might look weird?
I break these things down with irons . . . so I can experience another aspect of motorcycling (other than just pushing a button, or writing a check, or swiping a card).
The 18" Kelsey Hays Steel Sportster rim has served me well on this rigid.  They take more abuse on rough roads and stay true.  I run 25-32 lbs of pressure and just take the hits.  Lower pressures can create too much heat on a hot day. 
I knocked off the "spoke type" lead wheel weights (which I prefer over stick-ons).  I checked all the spokes and trued it up a touch . . . ready for computer spin balancing.  My tube is a 1940s army issue heavy-duty tube for a Harley WLA.  It's thick rubber, still pliable, nothing wrong with it.  When you blow it up by itself, it's just so true - no bulges, not sucked in spots (you know what I mean?) I really hate to swap it for a Taiwan tube.  "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
I run the late-model, size large, juice rear brake on this rigid.  Original Bendix backing plate, and I try to keep it "all Harley" the best I can.  It works very well - and you need some stopping power when it's your only brake.  Keep it clean.  Keep it serviced.  Frame pinstripes cost extra.

Buddy Seat Bonanza






 
If everyone would run a buddy seat on their motorcycle, all the aftermarket seat companies will be out-of-business. #mostcomfortablemotorcycleseatevermade

Snooping around on the streamliner . . .



 Hmmmm?  Long reach plugs. 
Heads plumbed for external oil drain lines.
 1C10506H0 means 1970XR cases I think?
I've noticed many of the actual H-D Race Team engines have serial
numbers that start with "5" (or have a 5 in there somewhere)
 
I don't believe this is the original motor that went the distance . . . but it's got some rare parts, cases, heads, carb, etc . . .  I looked in and saw the seat where Cal sat . . . and the handlebars that come apart with one bolt to help you get in . . . just like On Any Sunday.  My whole $9.00 admission charge(regularly $10.00, but I used my AMA card to get a $1 discount) was spent looking at this thing.  The pipes were falling off . . .

More Meltdown Drag pics . . .

Drag Racing makes America the greatest place to live.  Bringing back the glory days of real Detroit muscle machines.

 The Chizler



 Jet Powered track dryer (don't wear your sandals) and watch your toes !
Best Tow Vehicle Award
 

Support Your Local Motorcycle Dealership


 . . . and use only genuine Harley-Davidson parts.  I try to support our local dealer (The Cedar River Harley-Davidson Shop: Phone: 641-228-2192)  I buy all my oil from them, and promote motorcycle, parts and service sales to many who ask me . . . ( wish the oil still came in these orange and black cans !

Before you buy your next bike, see their inventory online, or call them for availability on new or used models.  Cedar River has a great crew - and they sell many motorcycles to customers all over the country.  Tell 'em Noot sent ya . . .

Just a chirp . .

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Project '54 Panhead Motor

I've been checkin' out all my endplay, bushing fit, magneto gear mesh distance . . . oh, and my generator gear lash. 
Made some gear cover dowel pins, fitted my cyl. base studs and drilled my case for 5/16" generator bolts.  New idler gear bushing and everything looks good considering this thing was a mess . . .
Hey Wiley . . . I got some shit done ! 
My cylinders are over at McFarland's (he's using Noot's live center cone) to turn about .100 off the bases to get my pistons up a bit more where we want 'em.  Always something . . . .

TECH: Lil' Chris' Stroker Motor

 This tool has a special "step" to install the Torringtons the correct depth.
 
I did get a few things done before I left to go play . . .
I sourced these special copper washers to get my installed spring correct if needed . . .
They fit perfectly over the guides (and under the lower collar)
Auveco Part No. 14869 (box of 25ea)
 

400+ Chopper Miles . . .

Stopped at Nate's in Dubuque for a carbon flavored water . . . His shop is cool.

Meltdown Drags in Byron, Illinois - Epic Event


A couple cars rans in the 7s with vintage equipment . . .
Incredible how fast some of the full-size gassers were . . .

Hartman gave me a ride back on in the return lane in
The Abomination





It's gettin' popular - Lots more people this year . . .




It's fun . . . but a hard ride, party with Ryan, Drew, Luke and the gang - then up-at-6am and head home a different way . . . over the Mississippi to Anamosa, Iowa.



Fun times - wish the dudes lived closer - Good friends for life .
A trip to clear your mind and regroup . . .
Hope you all can get away now and then  -Noot