Suicide Front Axles

I have mixed feelings on the rat rod thing… an old and original build that’s put together haphazardly and aged aggressively has some organic beauty, but gluing rubber rats and barbed wire to your car with a flat paint job can get kind of hokey. This guy with the Case tractor grill and suicide front…

Tom the Tailor

Tom the Tailor works out of his home-shop in Minneapolis, MN and offers a broad range of leather and cloth working services. He’s a passionate motorhead too so we paid him a visit the other day to talk shop on current and future projects. Here’s the yield: One of the challenges that buyers of custom…

A Culture for your Kulture… if you insist.

; Picture Justin and me rollin’ in the ‘Lac. So, we were cruising through a parking garage the other day talking about how the connotation of cool things can be ruined at times by their pseudo-guarded and over-saturated cultures. For example, Justin mentioned how in reality fixie bikes are cool (one fixed-gear and brakeless –…

Blue Cat Motors Gathering

Blue Cat Motors specializes in your import & cafe scene out of St. Paul, MN. A tailor/upholsterer we work with recommended checking out their 3rd Thursday of the month gathering so we made a swing through last week. The weather was dismal, but the bikes were cool. I met Casey, who owns this XS650 above,…

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…

70/83 Ironhead: First Build

Herk and I picked up this 1970 Ironhead in the winter of ’07 in original, but very shitty condition and went right after the frame. I hooked up a weld-on hardtail with some other simplicities and had her on the road the following year with the help of my friend, Braduary. 5 miles into my…

Full Tilt Minnesota

Full Tilt is one of Minnesota’s few purist chopper shows. Events like this, the David Mann show in Nordeast this year & Bearded Lady are as good as they come. We can thank Heavy for rounding it up along with support from other crews like Union Speed & HA 81, among others. Columbus&Co hooked me…

More Weekend Whips

Here are some more photos from Saturday’s car shows. Justin and I did St. Bonaventure with Columbus & Co during the midday and then Anoka, MN in the eveing. Justin helped build the Deuce Coupe project (Medusa at top) at Vescio’s when he was working there some years back. It’s a true show-stopper and it’s…

Anoka Car Show & Wide Angle Lenses

Morlock hooked me up with a loaner lens because I’m looking into a wide angle. This is the Canon 17-40 and it was a riot to use. Any wider than 17mm and I’d see the back of my head.

Where Georgia O’keefe Sat Her Flower.

Herk did a romp around in Santa Fe and came across this rad WL that belonged to the one and only, Geogria O’Keefe. He found it in the archives and emailed it to me yesterday for the blog and we got a hearty laugh out of it. I have mixed emotions on Georgia from having…

Handmade Norwegian Knife & a Lunch w/ Sigmund

This hand whip is Herk’s traditional Norwegian blade that he made in Northern Minnesota at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. There you can learn to make a knife, build a canoe and hide a body among many other skills and crafts. He rode his bike up and slept next to the transmission…