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Slims fab ironhead for Leo






This bike came to me long ago for a hardtail oil bag ,and the basic chopper gig...then he came to me with an old HD springer to get installed....Then the man behind the bike, Santa Ana s LEO wanted the thing cleaned up and a few things changed such as a disc conversion ,I did this using a sotail master and a 2000 sporty caliper.I built him some super curly rabbit ears,mounted his bates light,reshaped his early triumph fender and hung it under a 19" sissy bar I built holding his tailight and lic. plate. After all was fabbed i pulled it down to a bare frame and blasted the frame, etch primed it, and shot it with laquer(piano black) and heavy laquer clear. Same treatment went into the oil bag and fender. I then put the bike back together for Leo to bring home( sounds easy doesnt it....it aint) and i forgot a bunch of fab stuff i did such as pipes ,regulator mount,master cyl mount,right side control etc...Im probly forgetting some shit I did, but fuck it He is riding it and it all worked out, Slim 951 217 8814 Thanks again for the work LEO!!

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Taco Moto Tuesday at the V Room tonight in Long Beach, CA.


June 28th 2016 7:00 PM

Tonights TACO MOTO TUESDAY will be held at the V Room in Long Beach (note: the V Room is cash only). Share your stories and memories of Capt. Art with good friends and you can bring in $1 tacos from across the street (La Frida Mexican Grill). There will be a group meeting at PCH and 2nd Street riding to the Bar, otherwise meet us there.

Here's some random pics of Art from the past few years I'll share with you... obviously, he was very special to us, and it just breaks my heart he's gone. To know we lost a great person to a careless truck driver making a left hand turn and not paying attention; please watch out for motorcycles and when you ride, WATCH OUT for cages!






July 16, 2016 - The Northbound Brodown 3 - Prince Albert, Saskatchewan


The third annual Northbound Brodown motorcycle ride in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, overnight camp out and party! Afternoon ride, followed by beverages from Great Western and Lucky Bastard, bands, BBQ, bike games, and a raffle with tons of prizes from our sponsors, including a killer tank painted by CSIK!

We're taking over a campground, and there is free camping the Friday night before as well as Saturday, so come up and pre-game if you don't wanna ride in Saturday Morning.

Ride will start around noon Saturday, festivities to follow, meetup location to be announced.

Live music from: LangDang, Soul Father, and Bombargo!

Mark your calendars, tell a friend and get stoked!

More info to come, and questions can be directed to me.

- Josh Glew

Thank you!


The dust has finally cleared and I would like to give thanks to everyone that visited the booth during Born-Free. Born-Free has created a tug of war within the industry as some dislike it and others love it. I'm with the latter. Born-Free has given me a home to meet fellow members and get others stoked on what ChopCult has to offer.

I was pleasantly surprised to meet over 20 people the we helped through the #chopcultaaa program. Thanks to everyone that stopped what you were doing to help get a stranger back on the road. You rule!


Big thanks to my husband for helping set up, work, and break down the booth. I wouldn't of been able to do it without him. Thanks for EVERYTHING Duane.


I'm sitting on many images from the weekend and will share them here, Facebook, and Instagram. Expect a full feature from Ryan Loughridge soon!




Have a great day,


El Diablo Run 2017 Dates

Here's the schedule:

Friday, May 12:
Tacos and beer upon arrival in San Felipe

Saturday, May 13:
4-5ish: yard games
5-6pm: open practice for circle of death, all classes
6:16-6:45: rigid class motos and finals

Sunday, May 14:
3-4: open practice for circle of death
4:00-4:30: bike show prize presentation
4:30 to 5ish: circle of death swingarm class motos and finals
6ish: cocatagon

Monday, May 15:
Split lanes and take names all the way home

Notes:
We are working on updating all details on this site, but here's the basics:

- The EDR will be three nights in San Felipe this time. No Ensenada leg. This will make things simpler and allow more time for relaxing on the beach, riding excursions, etc.

- We will not be leading a ride from Temecula this time. Plan your own route and we'll see you Friday when you make it to camp.

- See schedule above for things like yard games, Coctagon, Circle of Death, etc.

- Yes, we realize this weekend is Mother's Day. It's the only weekend available, so take momma to lunch the weekend before or bring her along!

- Camping will be free in Ruben's Camp and on the beach for the entire time. We will have more info on booking alternative camping in neighboring palapas and hotels later in the summer.

- We will put out the word when we are ready to talk about sponsorships. It'll be simple, cheap and grass roots like always. Please email mcgoo@biltwellinc.com if you are interested and he'll get back to you once we confirm the details

- Stay tuned to this blog for more info as it develops.

- Get that hunk of shit you call a chopper finished and ready to roll, you've got almost a year to prep!

Chop Cult Feature

Strange Days 6 is coming up super quick, and Chop Cult has an awesome look at last year's good times up right now to get us ready.  Big thanks to Lisa Ballard for the feature, and as always thanks to Jay Cagney for his amazing photography; as well as his first hand account, and kind words.
Check out the feature in its entirety here:

The Great Escape ~ BornFreeR Quaking Aspen Fuck Your Corporate Sponsors Campout


This last weeks been huge highs and deep lows. The blog had the pause button hit about 3:45 am last Wednesday morning when we found out one of our dearest friends in the whole wide world died tragically in a truck v. motorcycle accident. Capt. Arturo, the guys who been the face of the Lady Hump desktop header for about two years now. Since then, there've been gatherings, a memorial, lots and lots of hugs, tattoos, discussions, altered plans and redirections on how we're going forward... in his example. Live life to the fullest and do so without fear. Friday we attended the memorial at his work where he was the tall ship Captain on the "Spirit" out Dana Point at the Ocean Institute, most of us attending who knew him spoke and shared about his tremendous ability to love us, not our love of him (which kinda goes without saying) but how much he loved Us throughout the years. And on Saturday morning we packed it up and set a new course, destined for star gazing at night and tall trees in the breeze!

Thus the BornFreeR Quaking Aspen Fuck Your Corporate Sponsors Campout occurred. I'll bet you can figure out my part of the title? I'll bet you can. No sponsors, no tickets, no passes, no costumes, just motorcycle riding, good times, and getting to know one another a little bit better than you might have known someone before. Lots of beer drinking, pants down, sausage festival. It's what's for dinner! Seeing old friends for more than "hi-bye" and making some new ones. People have questioned me too, is this an "anti-born-free" and my answer is steadfastly, No. This is your Freedom of Choice to ditch the (hashtag)  Chopperchellas of the world (all of them, name them off, it's not hard to do) and realize how corporate sponsored events are literally killing the small community scenes. Undeniably, there will always be small scenes, yes. But there's stars in the sky versus giant black holes that suck in all the life surrounding them. The IBM Solarsphere has been bought out by the Stentson Floppy Hat Interstellar Union of Conquered Planets. I'll choose star hoping before I drink the Kool Aid of any marginalized corporate events presenting themselves as grassroots and in reality becoming nothing more than the Hot Topic of mall chains across Andromeda as featured in GQ, Oprah, and TeenBeat. It's happening all across this country; Backyard builders are a dying breed, a thing of the past and factory "presented by" or "powered by" events are a blossoming cancer of profiteering and celebrity sightings. Sure sure sure, there's always those that will carry the burnt flickering backyard builder torch, but going from literally ten thousands of them to merely dozens is our current terminus flatlining hospitalized condition. 

"When in doubt, stick it out!"
Drink Whiskey
Sing Karaoke
and order something off the menu you've never eaten before!








Now this ...is a grass pass.



more pics coming! Daily for about a week.


~ Long Live DIY ~

On the hunt for a Springer Wheel

So here I am needing a wheel and rotor for this Crossbones front end.


The guy that sold it to me wouldn't sell me the wheel to go with it. He said he was going with a hydraulic frontend on his build and wanted to keep the wheel to use it. He did leave me the spacers so I need to wheel to work with what I have. I was skeptical, because it didn't seem like enough spacers.




In the past I have made assumption about "parts is parts" and I have been very wrong. I figured that the wheel was very specific for a Springer. I also was lucky enough to run across a 97 Heritage Springer and Crossbones to take pictures of. I assumed that the little spacer on the 97 and the fender support on the Crossbones were similar. NOPE. Daniel Martin from Longbow Customs helped explained the situation to me.
 

Everything before 2000 was a Timken bearings and needed different spacers and such.This is the pre-2000 Heritage spacer for a Tinken bearing. It's what you can't see that matters.


Anywho, Daniel went on to explain that most any hub for 2000-up 16 incher for Springer or Hydro Softail will work. Here's a little more specific info.


Finding my 4 speed leaks

I have been having such a difficult time with the primary and figuring out which end was leaking. So I pulled the transmission and decided to see if there were any major or weird leaks. I put this together to leak check it. I tried to set the regulator as low as possible, about 6 to 10 psi. I then put the rubber tip to the vent screw hole on the transmission top. Then I start spraying it down with soapy water and looked for bubbles.


I found the bubbles at my drain plug even with my new proper seal. So I pulled the plug to take a look. Here's the problem, the last little bit of the threads and sealing surface aren't there.


Silicon to the rescue. I put the plug mostly in and just coated the last couple threads. The instructions on this copper silicon says go finger tight, wait an hour, torque, and wait 24 hours. That seemed to work. No more bubbles there. Don't use silicon on engine parts, but on a transmission, you should be fine since there aren't any oil passages to clog.


The next bubbles I found were clear up here. That's really odd, because it has to be a porosity issue and it should technically be "above the water line", but I might as well fix it.


Black silicon here so it doesn't scream like the orange stuff.


I filled the transmission with Bell Ray Big Twin oil, so if it leaks, I can find the red trail.

I did this work weeks ago and I haven't gotten around to blogging about it. The drain plug seems to be holding.

It's time to PARTY! Born-Free is this weekend!


We have begun setting up for this weekends show. We will have zero access to email and phones over the next few days so if you are trying to get a hold of us...it's too late! See you this weekend!
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