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…

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…

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…

Movie Monday – Werewolves on Wheels, 1971

I saw a picture of a guy’s chopper-haven basement and above the Panhead motor on the coffee table and 45 Springer rolling chassis were three classic biker movie posters. The fact that this dude was adorning his household domain with biker gold led me to believe he was no puss when it came to taste…

Wishbone Wednesday was Yesterday…

Wishbone frames can be an excellent compliment to a bike’s design when left exposed on a narrow build. I snagged this bike above from a writeup on Chop Cult and it belongs to Herb from Holden, MA. It’s a ’51 Pan/Shovel with a cool, simplistic design. The lower bike I found on the Jockey Journal…

Sporty Sunday

Check out this slick sporty chopper with the babe kickin’ it down. That John Harman front end makes the bike, in my opinion. For those of you who don’t know, John’s unique design brought the forks up into the handlebars, and above all else, utilized an internally sprung design. So, there is a front suspension…

Road Trips & New Kicks

I spent the night at Morlock’s up nort’ the other weekend and it was a good excuse to load everything up on the Shovel for an outdoor camping experience. Herk’s trying it on for size in the photo. I’m especially keen on the backrest that I get out of the pack when it’s on and…

LIFE Photos from 60’s Outlaw Scene

I’ve collected a lot of photos that I’ve come across over the years and there’s a folder full of the late 60’s Outlaw scene, specifically the HA’s on the West Coast. From what I understand, a lot of these pics were from the Baraboo chapter. Most of the photos came from an XL Sportster thread…