February’s Chopper Trip to NorCal

In February one of those trips we generally just dream about came true. Uncle Charlie and his brother Eric Senior drove 7 bikes from Minneapolis to San Francisco where Chris, Charlie, John, Eric and myself flew out to meet them. There were breakdowns, crashes, fights and some open-mouth kissing…. overall, the best trip I’ve been…

Holy Z Handlebar Prototypes

A year or so back I saw these groovy bars on Joe Mason’s Panhead and I learned from Chris that they’re Holy Z’s. A style that was built by Drag Specialties in MN back in the 70’s when Jim Preisler was doing their marketing. Today there are a few places that are making reproduction copies…

Minneapolis Messaround 2013

MPLS Messaround this year was A-Okay. A good turnout of cars complimented by a bounty of rockabilly and greaser kids. Some women looked like pinup centerfolds and other women looked like men. Jordan from Union Speed and Style built an incredible Panhead for Born Free 5 this year and despite the fact that it didn’t…

The Chopper on it’s Own 2 Legs

Brad’s in Milwaukee at Harley’s 110th, others are in Davenport rummaging through piles of priceless springers for Wassell tanks and I’m at the desk basking under the fluorescent lights – so it seemed like a fitting time to resurrect the internet personality. Last entry was deraking this gnarly ’52 wishbone frame and something like 4…

De-raking a Panhead Wishbone Frame

I recently acquired an early 50’s wishbone panhead frame from my friend Eric for my winter’s shovelhead build. He set me up with a solid deal on it as it needed some work to bring back to life. At some point in its colorful past a few passionate drinkers and drug users decided to make…

The Shovelhead Chop Build – In Prep for Born Free V

I mentioned a few posts back that I scored a shovelhead roller earlier in the year and am building a bike before Born Free 5. It’s a cone motor sitting in a Paughco frame that had some accessories I wanted to run anyway like the horseshoe oil tank and open primary, which is a modest…

What is a Chopper, What is a Bobber & How do You Build One?

Brad and I were working in the shop the other day when we got on the subject of how loosely the words “bobber” & “chopper” are thrown around today. I’ve met people that took the front fender off their Sportster and called it a bobber like it was a stripped down Knucklehead. And, I’ve met…

Discovery Channel Biker Build-Off 2012

Discovery wrapped up another reality TV biker build-off to appease the couch-potato outlaws and kick-start their arteries. They grabbed 4 players from the group and allowed/sent them each in a direction of their own. The junior Teutel was building a car-themed bike built for the show-lot, which is geared toward the fans that prefer their…

Wrench Magazine: Fresh off the Press

In Yankee territory ’tis the season to burn your old magazines to stay warm and buy new ones to remember why your feet keep moving on each day. Wrench Magazine just hit the shelves and it’s guts looked great when I split it open. Wrench hails from Paisano Publications, who brought us the likes of…