From . . . "The world of tomorrow..."

The DC Linkert carburetor looks funny without a float bowl spacer.

A story for you . . .

I remember this weekend . . . A few years ago, I loaded my 1961 XLCH in the back of my old Dakota and drove up to the Viking Chapter AMCA Meet in St. Paul, MN.  I camped in the swap area next to some old timers.  I brought a few parts to sell to help pay for my "trip."  I use the word trip, cause that's what ended up happening.  These old timers had this liquid (it looked like tea) in a big glass jar.  This tea was some kinda of fermented drink, with some kind of plant leaves (and it looked like dill) floating in it.  They referred to this drink as Porcupine Piss.  Every now and then, the jar would get passed around, and we'd all take a sip.  It didn't taste bad, just different.  Kinda like tea.
Later, I wanted to get some food, so I decide to fire up my bike, and ride to Jimmy Johns for a sub sandwich to go.  As I'm riding, things got all weird.  The world was moving very slow, and I was speeding (or so I thought).  Cars were right on my ass, my speedometer(which isn't even hooked up) I could have swore, said 100mph.  It was the fastest I ever rode my bike, and I never got over 40mph.  At Jimmy Johns I remember getting the hottest sub available, with extra peppers, etc.  I also bought a drink, but left it on the ground next to my bike when I rode away after starting it.  The sub swinging from my handlebar in a plastic sack.
When I returned to camp, a guy was telling us where the tornado shelter was, 'cause it was predicted to storm tonight, with 70mph winds, and hail, and heavy rain.  It was getting dark already.  I leaned my bike against my truck (on the side opposite the storm) - and why I rode out the storm in my tent, when everyone took cover that night is anyone's guess?  Why didn't I get in the truck?  I ate my smoking hot and spicy sub, and held on to the sides of my tent as it stormed like no tomorrow.  The next morning everything was soaked, the sun was up in the sky, hot coffee was served . . . the old timers asked, "Where'd you go last night?"  We still got tea if you need some?  How about a peanut butter cookie?  Advice: Don't drink Porcupine Piss


Charging systems were a big deal in the 1960s.  When you had Lucas systems that maybe didn't always work, the rest were still 6 volt.  The new 12 volt systems were a big selling point.  Brighter lights, reliability and carefree electrical performance !  What going to make you buy that new Harley-Davidson????  The beautiful paint?  The hot rod cams and valves?  Or the new 12 volt electrical system? 

PS. What I really want is that cat's argyle sweater . . . and what are these hoods doin' skippin' football practice?  Anything to get the chics.

The "Bag"

That's how I refer to it.  That round, beer keg lookin' . . solid construction Nelson-Rigg black zippered bag.  It's flown off a couple times, but it never really hurt it.  It's got a rain jacket you can pull over it. During storms, it gets power washed from the rear wheel, but my shorts stay dry.  It has zippers on the ends to expand 3-4" more if needed.  It works.

Moto GP: 93

Marc Marquez won the GP race in Austin last weekend for the "umpteenth" time.  Valentino Rossi complained about the track surface being rough and dusty.  Marquez (above) won by a convincing margin.  Maybe some of the boys ought to strap on a steel shoe, and get some practice?  Everyone races the same track . . . sucks for some, while others shine.  The way it's always been.
 . .  and if you're out front, it ain't as dusty.

Billy Huber

Huber had a rather unorthodox racing style....but it worked for him.  He was voted "Most Popular Rider" by the racing community in 1946, and raced Harley-Davidsons most of his career.  Huber won multiple 100 Mile national events, and could be a real-pain-in-the-ass to the Indian Factory Team. 

That one day . . .

 . .  me and Anchor Moto rode side valves all over this darn town.
#wildwood park (way in the back)

Speed King

 In 1954 . . . Black is beautiful.

Cool Bike - Cool Boots

I don't know the situation (since there's lots o' pictures of women, with motorcycles, who don't really ride the bike they're photographed with)   However, I just have a feeling this is her Sportster . . . she owns it . . . it's registered in her name, and she rides the shit out of it? 
I'd like to tell her, "Hey, I really like your bike !"

The Winner's Circle

Team photos . . . you don't see them as much anymore for some reason?  Now, it's usually just the driver, maybe a flagman, and his car or bike.  There's plenty of podium photos.  If you've ever actually been a part of a race team - you know it takes many hands to be successful every week. 
This DRAGBIKE 4246 took a team effort - and some of the best-in-the-business lined up for this photo to be recognized.  Dan Baisley (3rd from left - most likely the rider)

PS. (I know 2nd from left is Ron Dickey from Axtell), then Baisley, then Fitzmaurice?, and maybe we could ask Jeff Wiley who the others are????  He'd know. 

TECH: How to Wrinkle Paint

The key to perfect wrinkle paint is "uniformity" - consistency.  If applied too heavy, it wrinkles and leaves lines, and the wrinkles in the paint are larger in places.  If applied too light(thin paint) it doesn't wrinkle at all, or appears rough.  Temperature of the part(and room temp) is important.  I've found about 60-70 degrees F works best.  It dries a bit slower, and your wrinkle paint job will be more consistent and uniform.  Application is very important.  You don't "recoat" wrinkle paint.  I give it a very light (stick coat) to give the surface some grip - let dry 4-5 mins., then apply a medium/heavy main coat of paint, careful to apply a uniform depth.  You don't want any runs !  I try to apply the paint on the surfaces of the part YOU SEE WHEN IT'S ON THE BIKE in the best way possible.  Cross your fingers. 

Now that the paint has wrinkled and is completely dry, I spray a flat (or semi flat) coat of black over the top to even out any shiny spots, or imperfections.  This is the step that really gives your black wrinkle job the professional appearance over wrinkle alone.  Highlight with chrome, polished or spun aluminum(as above) accessories for contrast.  Chrome socket-head screws with small OD stainless washers to mount the covers. 

PJ-1 Wrinkle Paint is the brand I prefer.  Problem is, it's expensive.  Plus, the tip likes to clog (once you get going, don't stop).   I use any low-cost semi flat black for top coat. 

NOTE: (High Heat Flat Black, engine and/or header paint is too dull - yuk)

Axtell Sales

1047 TF ( TF = Top Fuel )

Ivan Mauger RIP 4-16-2018

6 Time World Speedway Champion Ivan Mauger(pronounced 'major') recently died in Australia.  Highly regarded as the greatest and most consistent speedway circle track racer ever.  He devoted his life to the sport.  Ivan won world titles over 10 years apart. 
He saved his money (as a 16yr old) to buy his own speedway racing motorcycle.  (skipping ice cream and candy purchases)
Mauger consistently beat the world's best speedway racers.  His riding style was smooth and calculated.  A natural in the sport.  You can search: Ivan Mauger (Wikipedia) and read the full story on Mauger's incredible life and career . . .
Speedway fans the world over will truly miss "MR. SPEEDWAY"

Torquefest 2018

A Torrid Tale of Loose Lug Nuts and Ground Gears . . . (it's the truth)  John Wells really knows how to throw a party.  Cool hot rods, choppers, lead sleds, chics, rock-n-roll, it's a happenin' scene for sure. 
A pure event of exhibitionism at it's very finest ! 
Dubuque, Iowa (Fairgrounds Road)
May 4th and May 5th Only . . .
(If you show up May 6th, you missed it)

Rotax Fast

Lonnie Pauley, James Hart, Toby Jorgensen . . . just a few names of racers who were so fast on the big tracks - all riding the Rotax 600 power plants.  On many occasions, their lap times would have put them in the 750cc Pro feature.  The light, high powered Rotax is a dominating machine in the hands of a capable rider.  I never rode one - and I see you can get one for a reasonable price now.  Hmmmm? 

Hurry Hurry !

If I quick run home at lunch today, I may have time to try out these new Autolite 386 spark plugs in my 45 before it starts snowing again tonight.  It's been RIDE, then SHOVEL, RIDE, then SHOVEL . . .
This snow fukin' blows ! 

Tappet Roller Replacement

1. I drilled and punched out the old pins 
(w/ tappet roller tool from JIMS)
2. Deburred tappets
3. Checked fitment of new pin
4. Installed new pin and roller
5. Utilized JIMS tool for staking pins.
6. Further staked each pin-end with hammer on vise anvil.
7. Soaked in motor oil to lube rollers.
These tappets and rollers are for Dave's KHK motor rebuild.  I bead honed the tappet blocks. Washed and cleaned, and fitted to each tappet.  His tappet adjusters (long style for KHK) had their valve faces surface ground too.  A decent set of parts now.  Next the case bore or tappet block OD may need polished for proper press fit in the case.  This shit takes a lot of my time !  Oh well . . .


Ready For The Road

I got turn signals mounted under the seat.  Everything works.  The last time I rode it (before we started gettin' all this snow again) my first impression wasn't real positive.  The brakes don't work real good, but it probably takes a few miles to get the new shoes all lapped into the drums?  The thing just seems kinda junky (like a big ol' pile o' bolts shakin' around under you).  I built it right, it's just different from the other ones.  It takes miles to get the rhythm on any rebuild.  A few adjustments, a few tweeks, a nice sunny day, a back road, maybe a brew . . ?  I'm not building any more motorcycles, so I'm trying not to rush it.  Good things take time.

Rider Down


Here I am . . .

You know where I-15 cuts that tiny northwest corner of Arizona?  It's the Virgin River valley and you race your way through these passes at 90mph alongside huge truck rigs barreling like there's no tomorrow.  I whip it over and take a driving break.
Here's a view you get at Angel's Landing going down.  You can see how far down you'd fall off to the right . . . Bottom line is . . . watch what you're doing and don't look down.  Hand over hand on the chain, don't let go.  Zion National Park.
Here's a couple weeks ago, hiking with Eric in Arizona (west of Phoenix).  This time of the year - I get burnt on this motorcycle stuff.  I like doing it - but sometimes it starts to suck.  I've got trips planned for the summer, just get away for awhile.  As you get older, you start to realize you're running out of time.  There's a lot of places I want to go, and see and do.  It's time to start doing them.  I've been a lot of places already . . . and I'm fortunate I have the spirit to venture out.  Don't wait - plan it and go.  What are we waitin' for . . . ?

Flathead Sportster

That's what some people call 'em . . . and it looks kinda weird when you're used to lookin' at Ironhead Sportsters.  These motors are simple to double-check your coil bind.  When the valves are 100% open, take some kind of tool and very carefully lift up the valve a bit more . . . you should be able to move it up a bit more. 
I ran the pistons up to the top and scraped off the carbon, then wire-brushed the valve heads.  I razor-bladed the ridge, ran a fine file around the gasket surface, and wiped it all down real good with contact cleaner.  I'll do the same with the heads, tape 'em off and spray the gasket surface with High Head H-D Barrel Paint - then bolt 'em on - No head gasket needed on these.  Ready for my polished heads !

BSA Hornet

Gary Hickle a former racer, and dealership owner for BSA, Sno-Jet, Kawasaki and Yamaha - raced one of these Hornets.  They were a competitive race bike in their day.  A big motor stuffed in a tiny frame . . . My dad said Hickle let him run the Hornet for a few laps in Nashua, Iowa at the fairgrounds track.  Gary is still riding motorcycles after all these years.  He's had a lot wins on motorcycles and snowmobiles, and the trophies to show for it.  Youth don't last forever . . . but don't tell him that !  Hickle's racing saying to me was usually . . . "Boy, you got to put the hammer down !"

KK (special model for 1953 . . . The KK)

A Sure Fire Hit !  and it was . . .

Cool Bike

 . . that motor (below) would look good bolted into something like this.

W L A (A is for Army)

A rebuilt, solid 45"   
-Basically stock with original (NOS) H-D rod roller kit(+.001 rollers), NOS H-D Intake and Exhaust Valves, a couple new cast iron valve guides, New +.040 overbore piston kit, all the seats ground, springs set up.  I even sourced a new key for his magneto(since it was locked in the OFF position).  Maybe never as good as the day it rolled off the assembly line, but I try my best.  A nice, original, late generation 42WLA ready for another round . . . and he wanted it left with some patina -"kinda crusty."

Where The Heck Is It . . ?

I just had a terrible thought.  Where is my Evel Knievel lunch box?  I put it somewhere - and I can't find it.  When's the last time I used it?  I think somebody stole the SOB ?  How am I gonna take my lunch to work now?  I'm not goin' back to sack lunch, no way Jose.  I could use my Batman set ?(but not as cool)  This really blows.  (Monday humor to cheer up your day !)

Tranny "Go Thru"

 . . . and like your surgeon, we'll seal up all your leaks too.

Bell 500TX

Pride of Ownership

Panhead Case Repair

I got a local aluminum welder who does a little work for me . . . then I go and smooth everything and make it look factory fresh again.  This relay boss was a challenge.  It had been removed years ago - and Michael had a different one, so I shaped it and fit the thing by tapping the case and bolting it in position.  Then Dustin welded it all up nice for me to finish and blend. 
Same goes for this rear motor mount boss.  All busted to shit, now fixed.

The lower case dowel boss - now repaired too . . . and a bunch of other little stuff.  This 1948 FL case was a mess.
We removed the old race, measured multiple times, set up a case support, heated the case, applied Sunnen press-fit lube to the new race . .  and pressed it in.  Now to bolt the cases together, measure the pinion and case race - and lap to size.  Fun stuff for a Sunday afternoon !

The Best Harley Buy on Ebay NOW

For $2600, you'd probably end up riding this more than all your other motorcycles??
A great one to have around the shop !  Cool bike !

I can just hear my friends . . . "Hey Noot, can I take the 165 for a lap?"