I want to thank everyone that supported the David Mann Chopper Fest on Sunday and those that visited the booth during the day. Your kind words of support will not be forgotten, and your purchases are much appreciated. Keep an eye out for a full featuring hitting the website soon. -Lisa
Lead by instructor Bill Hannah, Viroqua High School's shop class, is a student favorite, covering a broad spectrum of subjects from small engines to drywall and basic electrical, all viable real-world skillsets, particularly in the rural setting of the Driftless Region. Like many small-town shop programs Hannah is well connected with the community he serves and that reach put him together with the folks at S&S Cycle. A staple in the performance motorcycle industry for the last 60 years, S&S employs 270 people, many of whom attended VHS or have children in their school system. "We were approached by a high school a few states away that has a fairly established engines program, and it occurred to us we should help create something like that locally" state's S&S Cycle's VP of Marketing David Zemla. Not only did S&S donate seven complete engines to the program, but they also supplied tools, a curriculum and sent in an instructor to support the work several times per week. "Before working at S&S Cycle, I was an instructor at a technical school that focused on the motorcycle industry, so helping with this program was an easy transition," says S&S Cycle's Kevin Boarts. Kids got the chance to break down an engine to the cases, learn the theories behind internal combustion and gain confidence in their ability to take something apart and put it back together correctly. S&S intends to roll the program out to several more schools across the next six months as well as offering internships to interested students during the summer months. Go to https://www.sscycle.com/ for more information.
Every bike I've had pretty much started out like this. A box of stuff, missing about everything. My first bike was wrecked with broken cases. The next one was all apart, but most original H-D parts. From there on out, they were all in piles, or missing about everything 'cept the vital pieces. Above is the '54 Panhead. You sure learn a lot when you do it this way. Much more than a guy realizes . . . I could probably afford a complete bike now - but why start ?
I got a deep, dry basement. It's got neat rustic walls. I run a dehumidifier all summer so it stays dry. There's not much down there but a few folding tables where I keep some parts for future builds. I've sold all my parts (except for the K Model stuff, and a few spares). I never really had all that much for parts anyway.
That plastic bag has the Eastern Motorcycle Parts spring spacers I'll use to set up the valve springs for a set of KK cams I have collected. These are nice spacers to use, since they have a small lip on top that fits into the valve spring and helps center it on the guide, and hold it in place. I'll measure my installed spring height, then subtract my cam lift (and .070). Then I'll subtract the length of my spring at coil bind. This will leave me with the proper length to make my spacer/shim for that particular valve. I used my Valve Spring Tester to check my springs, and I'll run the 2 strongest on the exhaust valves.