Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Random inspirational bikes

Nice piece of Pan found on the good ol Blood Falcons blog:

Sunday, November 28, 2010


...and I'm continuing on with my series of scans of key bikes that inspired me from old Iron Horse magazines.

Today I thought we would look at Soupla's HFC Shovel from NYC. I will always remember this bike as the very first bike that made me want to run apehangers.
Up to that point I thought they were cool, but not for me.
Sure, I loved David Mann paintings but still... I just didn't think they were THAT cool.
ALl that changed with the HFC feature. This bike went to the top of the list for me as soon as I saw it.
Course the open chain primary didn't hurt it either... this was also the first time I had seen that.
This was such a great feature, with awesome pics and a great locations as well.
It made such an impression on me that I drew this up in art class that year.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Zack Attack

More great old NYC bikes from the glory days of Iron Horse magazine.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Random inspirational bikes

More good stuff from the BCM blog.

Random inspirational bikes

Some shots of a sweet Dual sport swingarm shovel sent to us from our buddy in Ireland: STUKA!

You can check out Stuka's blog here:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

No laughing matter

More bikes that made me the messed up dude I am today.
Another old Iron Horse scan from back in the day.

Random inspirational photography

The guys at Bolts Action blog kill it again. Man those guys can shoot.
Go here, and give these guys some love. They deserve it.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hard life bikes.... livin the life.

Respect man.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Key inspirational bikes... from Iron Horse

I recently found my old stash of Iron Horse magazines that had been MIA for years and am getting myself all giddy with the old girls.
These magazines were the NUMBER ONE influence on my chopper world view, and have made me the chopper man I am today. If not for this magazine, and the writing of Flynch... I would ...well, I don't even want to think about that.
I thought I would scan in a few of the old articles and bikes that really influenced me over the years, and let some of you who never had the privelage of reading these old mags ...get a peek at what made me the messed up guy that I am today.
I have a lot more to scan in... but this should be enough for today.

Pete Seibert's Evo Attack chopper

Pete's rockin Evo chopper has always been there in the back of my mind. I have always loved this bike, and unlike many bikes that I admired over the years... I got updates on this one a few times over the years.
Pete cleaned it up a bunch by the second feature for Iron Horse, but there was allready talk of making it lighter, faster, and kick only.
I always wondered if Pete met Tom Rose, and that was the reason for the planned modifications, or if Pete was so inclined before he met the magneto man?
But unfortunetely I cannot find the 3rd update that was on years later... I do have one pic of it from an article that Flynch had posted in THBC of it parked at his house next to the pond.
From the looks of the bike... it was kick only, had up high shotguns, floorboards, a Dual throat carb, and even more lightening mods.
It was in this final stage that I really fell in love all over again.
I only wish I had more info and pics for you... like a final weight!

Maybe Flynch will hop on here and comment and tell us some riding impressions or stories about the bike!

I really love when I get a chance to see a nice Attack chopper evolve. A lot of times you can see the owners mind a work as he eliminates what doesn't work, what is to heavy, what is to cluttered, what needs to be strengthened and what is ergonomically unacceptable. I go through the same process on every bike I have ever owned, but it always seems more thoughtful and more interesting on a chopper that gets ridden in anger and/or used for commuting and/or big miles.
Refinment, balance, problem solving... I love to see it at work.
Not many people get things right the first time... we all need to research and develop.
Choppers that get put through the crucible of big miles, commuting, and fast riding get refined every time something breaks.
Every time you get off after a big ride and change your ergos.
Every time you lower your center of gravity another inch.
Every time you narrow it a little bit more.
Every time you raise those pipes up a bit higher.

You crank up the heat, let all that steel come to a boil and when that weak tab breaks, that set of forward contols become too heavy, the pipes scrape just a bit to much, you just keep skimming off the impurities off the top of the steel... until you are left with the purest, strongest, lightest, most focused weapon for every day Attack chopper riding you can possibly build.

At any rate... this was one of the key bikes that led me to be where I am today.
And once again...I wouldn't know a thing about it if it wasn't for Flynch!

And the final version...well, at least the last I saw of it!
I know Flynch still rides with Pete once and awhile, and it would be wonderful to see some more pics of the old Evo before Pete sold it, but I don't think Pete is to fond of trading Jpegs...