The best part about cross-promoting grassroots events is watching them grow over the years. Strange Days has steadily created a name for itself and guarantees a good ol' time from sun up 'til long after it disappears behind the mountains. The promoters of Strange Days go above and beyond and build a bike to give away every year. There's not a year-long promotion for said giveaway it's done solely on location and one lucky attendee goes home with more than a hangover. I don't normally shine the light on promoters but Ken Buongiorno and Chris Dripchak deserve a cold one for seeing the potential in an open field four years ago. Also for producing a righteous giveaway bike with the help of Capt. Cal of RetroFit, Rush Cycles, and many others who donated parts or laid a hand on the bike that you see here. For all involved, I say "Job Well Done", and to Mr. Kevin “Mustacio” Goveia, you're one lucky man. Be sure to have fun and enjoy the ride! -Lisa
In August of 2011, Chris and I were attending an annual lake party in Vernon, NJ. We were floating on Lake Wallkill with brews, our friends, and feeling very optimistic after the first vintage motorcycle music campout party known as Strange Days. As we floated, we stared at the clouds and threw wild chopper ideas into the sky... upswept exhaust that resembled sun rays, girder front end with blinding chrome, a sissy bar that scraped the atmosphere and knowing of a Cb750 in town BOOM!!! A chopper meteor hit us…. The Cocaine Bandit, which turned out to be the Strange Days 2 giveaway chopper. It may sound a little comic bookish but after that weekend we started putting the puzzle together on building our first motorcycle to raffle off.
It has been a great experience producing an event that has brought together the most dedicated group of vintage motorcycle maniacs on the east coast. We thank you maniacs for giving us the opportunity to be creative and build motorcycles the way we think a wild road chopper should be. As fall hits NJ the gears are turning for Strange Days 5. So stay tuned for updates on the SD5 giveaway bike. In the meantime, take in The Tingler and don’t get too jealous that Kevin won this bike for $25. Hope to see you next year.
Don't forget to Expand Your Motorcycle Mind!!! Kenny Buongiorno
Photography by Jay Cagney
Owner name, location: Overall build took place at Retrofit Garage in Newton, NJ. Build was collaboration of work by Retrofit (Cal Piorkowski, Ben Thollot, Joe Piorkowski) Rush Cycles (Matt Rush) and Strange Days (Chris Dripchak, Kenny Buongiorno)
Member profile: captcal, dripshovel, swingercycle
Won by: Kevin “Mustacio” Goveia Kingston, NY
Engine, year and make, model, modifications:1971 Harley Davidson 900cc ironhead Sportster XLCH. Stock rebuilt the motor with slight modifications to OEM components, original finish work on rocker boxes, primary, cam and sprocket covers.
Frame: Original 70’s Smith Brothers & Fetrow
Fork: Shaved, Kayaba, 35mm, 10” over
Tire/wheel size and style: Front 21” Morad Akront rim thanks to Visionary Cycle Products, stainless Buchanan spokes tied to 71’ XL drum rolling on classic Speedmaster rubber.
Rear: 18” HD high shoulder rim, stainless Buchanan spokes tied stock ironhead hub rolling on the super sweet Firestone ANS.
Favorite thing about this bike: Kevin won the Tingler for $25
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Sportster hamburger drum fitted to 35mm forks, OEM risers extended 1 ½ inches, custom horseshoe oil tank with trick access panel to battery and electrical, rear sporty fender chopped slightly with side skirts radiused, XLR drag pipes, horn cover repurposed as coil cover, stainless sissy bar and headlight bracket. Keep it simple and scream “sportster” when you see it, besides frame oil tank, seat and sissy bar the bike is 100% Harley Fuckin Davidson one form or another
Thanks to The Retrofit crew for their amazing fabrication work and overall build of the Tingler, Matt Rush for rebuilding the engine, Bob of Toon Town for paint, Carl Miller upholstery work. Good group of people donated their time and the personal stash of parts to build this chopper, It takes a village of crazies to raise a chopper for Strange Days!!
Give them a follow:
Blog:www.strangedaysevent.blogspot.com and www.captcals.blogspot.com.
Instagram strangedaysnj, captcalsretrofit, and, rushcyclesnj.
Strange Day 4 coverage by Jay Cagney
If you dig the bike above, check out the Strange Days 3 giveaway bike "Voodoo Child". Click the image below to view.