Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Stunning chap

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BMW Recalls 2008-2010 F650GS and F800GS Motorcycles to Correct Stalling Condition

BMW is recalling model year 2008, 2009, and 2010 F650GS and F800GS motorcycles manufactured between January 2008 and December 2009.

During engine operation, a vacuum is created in order to draw fresh air into the canister. This air then mixes with the fuel vapors captured by the canister, and is subsequently combusted. Due to the routing of the ventilation hose, water near the end of the hose could be drawn into the charcoal canister.

4498 units are affected.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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McQueen's Indian Re-discovered

Thanks to Irish Rich's comments, I went back to the National Motorcycle Museum's website and found these photos.

I had seen these shots quite awhile ago and thought they were no longer up. I don't know how old the pictures are, or if the bike still there?

To it's left is a Wild Angels Dragon bike. What's the story on this one?

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Are You Having a Great Taint?

Taint, It taint Christmas and it taint New Years.
It's that magical and wonderful period between them. A time for mischief and merry making.


Old Saint Taint, The patron saint of the Holiday.

I'm officially starting this New Holiday Tradition. The Five days of Taint start on the 26th and run through the 30th. The 28th will be the most important and celebrated date, as it's smack dab in the middle. The holiday's colors will be orange and blue.

From now on, be sure to wish all your friends and loved ones a Terrific Taint!

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McQueen's Indian Agianagian


Most likely shot at the Santa Paula airport.

Back in Nov. 08 I did a post on Steve McQueen and also showed what was said to be his favorite bike. It was said because he would ride it when he was grubby and nobody would suspect it was him. I have a similar photo of him somewhere (grubbier than this), but found this one recently.

What prompted me to post this was an interesting anonymous comment about the Nov. 08 post that I just received yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Where is this bike? Cause if you want the truth about it I'm the person to tell it because I'm the one who built it for Steve. I built it for him cause I would not sell him mine. Which I still have the twin sitting in my shop. So piss off to who ever claims building this bike. And yes it was his favorite bike. YES it would be a mistake to restore it. It was built to look like my bike, "A Rat Bike" thats what he wanted.

J.D.

It would be very cool if J.D. would tell us more, possible send some photos, or perhaps identify himself.

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The gang's all here

Monday, December 28, 2009

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Three Guys, a girl and a side valve

Sunday, December 27, 2009

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Early Pictures

I have a request for all the viewers of the site. Please send me your pictures! This site is not just the Wing Nuts, but belongs to all of you as well. We get a lot of emails and comments requesting info and we do what we can to comply, but we don't have all the answers. I'm really looking for early club and race pictures. Mostly 40s and 50s. So if you can help, I'd appreciate it. I am trying to track down an early picture of the Galloping Goose patch from the 40s. It was triangle shaped. I've got a viewer who is really trying to find photographic evidence of this elusive patch. Any help would be appreciated.

FHJ

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Early field meet

Saturday, December 26, 2009

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Yellow Jackets and Boozefighters?


Came across this picture recently. I don't know much about it. It appears as though the gentlemen on the outsides are wearing Yellow Jacket MC jersey. If anyone know anything about this picture or the guys in it, please let me know.

FHJ

Friday, December 25, 2009

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A Wing Nut Christmas




Ever wonder what the Wing Nuts do on Christmas morning. Well they go to church of course. Our version of church. Taking the desert sleds out to the dirt and ride until we pass out. Wes was caught kneeling at the alter.

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Bam!, Xmas is Here

Thursday, December 24, 2009

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Time's Up


Only 366 days till next year.

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Merry Christmas from the Wing Nuts

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Pretty lady stradling a hog

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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Another beautiful redhead



This beauty belongs to Wing Nut Brent aka "The Changler". Stretched and raked Triumph two piecer.

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Another Tom Fritz Photo Journey

As Crater Camp looks today

A little backwards time travel

Some more time

As it looked in the early 50s

Thanks again Tom. You're the coolest.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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A surly bunch

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First American Woman to Ride the Cannonball Run

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has published a press release from the Cannonball Run issued December 21, 2009. Here's an excerpt:


    "Three-time Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee and author of the newly published book, The American Motorcycle Girls: 1900–1950, Cristine Sommer-Simmons today announced that she will be riding in the Motorcycle Cannonball Run next year. Sommer-Simmons will be one of only two women riders in the cross-country endurance run of the century. The Motorcycle Cannonball Run is gathering momentum to launch a pack of riders on vintage motorcycles for an historic ride across America in September 2010."

Read more for details.

Monday, December 21, 2009

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This is How it Starts

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Brass Balls FXR Concept Art


I recently did this Concept Art for Dar Holdsworth of Darwin Motorcycles (Brass Balls Bobbers), of a new model for 2010. The build of the first prototype will be documented in Cycle Source magazine and also on Bikernet.com.

For more info on this and his other bikes click on the following link:
http://www.brassballsbobbers.com/bikes

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Winter riding, complete with dog hand warmer

Sunday, December 20, 2009

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Dedicated Hardcore Blogs

I recently found these two blogs by hopscotching through a follower.


Click on logos to visit. There are a few Sportster only blogs but this is the first Evo only one I've seen.

The first one features an interesting and fairly unique point of view. Seems that the owner of the blog won't post anything but Blockheads (Evo's) and expresses (kidding or not), a disdain for earlier H-D's. The Blockhead name was thrown around when Evo's first came out and I wish it would have caught on more than it has. Anyway, it's a reminder of how segmented this sport (?) can be.

The blog puts down "Old School" and I can understand how someone might react to the recent craze in vintage chops but, since Evo's are 10 to 25 years old, they themselves aren't exactly New School.

I myself don't dig Twin Cams that much and feel that the Evo is the last true evolution of the classic H-D twin.

Some Evo owners probably now feel like Shovel owners did (maybe still do), not too long ago. Sort of like a lost step child instead of a favorite son.

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Hey Wes nice bike. Ride your own!


Another fun part at Day in the Dirt was riding our old two springers around the pits and down in the "hole." Wes was having a blast and spent more time on my T100SC than I did. Look out Boozefighters, Wes is a comin' through.

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Chino at Day in the Dirt


As some of you may know the Wing Nuts and the NLAMC went to our first motocross event recently at the Day in the Dirt. We had a great time. This competitor on his vintage Husky decided to race in class when he purchased a Chino from us and wore it on the track. This was a thrill for us cuz as far as we know it's our first race jersey to actually be raced!

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Putt Mossman

Saturday, December 19, 2009

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A Few Shots From My New Nikon















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Ladies and Gentlemen, the King

Friday, December 18, 2009

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An artist perspective by Tom Fritz

Wing Nut friend and incredible artist Tom Fritz has done what only an artist eye can do. Inspired by some shots I posted of Crater Camp, he returned to the scene of the crime to photograph the same shot today. I've been known to do this from time to time, but not with the precision Tom has. I now share his experiment with you.

The hill as it sits today.

A little magic overlay.


Another overlay and finally how the hill was back in the day.

Very cool Tom. Some of those home owning bastards don't even know that the track ran right through their house!

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Another Wes White Four Aces Creation


For some reason Wes is one of the worst self promoters I know. So I'll do it for him. This is the latest show bike to come out of Four Aces Cycle. This is a beautiful period perfect pre unit Triumph complete with chrome frame and Nick-o-teen paint. I'm honored to have such a talented bike builder as a business partner, club member and a friend. With all that said Wes, when is my transmission gonna be done!

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Bobbed Ariel


This may not be a new bike to some of you, but I recently came across it on the internet and liked it. Nice looking period bobbed Ariel with what looks like a Crocker tail light. I'm also fascinated by the finned timing cover. Aftermarket? Anyone know anything about these or this bike?

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More rider's cap action

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Polar Bear Grand Tour - The Cabin

Check out pictures and descriptions of the eighth motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to The Cabin in Howell, NJ on December 13, 2009. This was our annual Toy Run to benefit the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.

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Fike?


If a three wheeler is a trike, then what's a five wheeler? A Fike... a Pike?

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Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Jim Sciacca

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Jim on his 2000 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard FLHTCI. Again, there are no women winners this week. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

If you'd like to see your bike as Picture of the Week, submit a picture of you and your bike along with a description of the bike.