Friday, December 31, 2010

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Happy New Year! Here's to you!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

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Chessie's Rides....My favorite shots! PT. 3

Here are a few more photos I like...just for you to view!

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This is me...at the pinnacle of Roan Mountain.  I always feel on top of the world when I ride...a photo like this is worth a 1000 words.

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This shot is one that I hope helps the viewer understand a bit about being "behind the bars" and the views.

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This is from Cades Cove (Great Smoky Mountain Park). Perhaps my favorite shot from this day's ride.

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Well...perhaps not my favorite. This park is so beautiful. Amazing shots all around you.


MAN IN THE MIRROR, GOD AHEAD

Here's another shot from Cades Cove...yeah it's hard to pic the "Best" one of the day!

THE FOREST IS COVERED IN BRIGHT COLORFUL FLOWERS

People will tell you, "Don't go to Cades Cove on your motorcycle."  I'm here to tell ya, if you go early enough, and on a weekday... riding though Cades Cove is very rewarding. You sure can't stop and grab photos like this while driving your car through the loop.

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This has to be my all time favorite home.  It's on Flag Pond Road.  With Sam's Gap in the distance, and a grave yard up the hill.


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This is the deconstruction of the Iron bridge on Iron Bridge Road in Carter County, TN. I was sad to see this.

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I love being able to stop and notice "the little things" when I ride.  Something you don't normally do when riding in a 4 wheeler....

I hiked a small portion of the Appalachian trail. This is the mountain top from Stony Creek and Shady Valley. LOVELY

A short hike from TN 97 is this wonderful sight.  I parked my bike and hiked the AP Trail a short distance. Next year, I want to hike farther. I'm thinking of joining the local hiking club.

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Here we are at Grandfather Mountain. Perhaps one day I will get off the bucks to actually walk into the park and out to the sight seeing platform...???? NAAAAA

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This is a shot of the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virgina.  I'm down at the bottom of the gorge on an old iron bridge that crosses the New River...what a wonderful state WV is. I can't wait to do this again!

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This is Kanawa Falls in West Virgina.  I love that state for riding. What a grand time I had.

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This is a beautiful mill house in West Virgina.  Don't you agree about it's beauty?

I can go on forever...but it's best I don't! Did ya enjoy these shots? More to come!

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The King with the peoples.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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Workin Indian

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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Just a Little Video Treat for You

Where this video really shines is in showing off two very pretty motorized fun generators.

Enjoy all the pretty.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

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Top 5 Motorcycle Trike Pictures for 2010

The top 5 motorcycle trike pictures were picked from pictures submitted to Motorcycle Views in 2010.

The pictures were chosen for a variety of reasons. I looked at each picture, read each description, and picked those pictures that held my interest.

Check out the Top 5 Motorcycle Trike Pictures for 2010.

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Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to Schoch's Harley-Davidson on Dec.19, 2010

Check out pictures and videos of the eighth motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Schoch's Harley-Davidson on December 19, 2010.

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Triumph Recalls 2010 GT and ST Motorcycles for Incorrect Dipstick Length

Triumph is recalling certain model year 2010 GT and ST motorcycles.

The plug/dipstick is of an incorrect length. As a result, the accuracy of the dipstick for measuring adequate levels of oil may be compromised and adequate oil levels may not be maintained.

The number of units affected is 216.

Check out my Motorcycle Recalls feature for more details.

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Fun,fun,fun.

Friday, December 24, 2010

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Holiday Wishes


May all your dressers be lit like a Christmas tree.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

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Merry Christmas from the Wing Nuts!

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The Hustler

.... and a little more Joe Hurst history.

This time from Choppers Magazine May 1969.


Roth liked nicknames and the bikes named for the features. Roth asked Joe if he had any nicknames, Joe said no.... then Ed asked, if he liked playing pool.... Joe said said yup.

The Hustler is pretty much the prototype of what would become the South Bay Style.

If I got it straight, this was Joe's second Harley and the Shovelhead was out of Dick Allen's chrome frame bike (Wheeler Dealer Chop. Mag. Oct.'68). Joe always laments, the funds from selling his complete Panhead only got him an engine and trans.


Joe's the Godfather of the swooping double braced sissy bar and Dick Allen springers. This fork was the first one Dick Allen made. Actually second, the very first was for a Triumph, but Joe jokes, that doesn't count! The first few Dick made had Harley spring perches and top trees, later versions were completely fabricated from scratch.

From the shadow of the sissy bar, I was able detect the bike next to Joe's was his friend Jim Andrew's Grapes of Wrath. It was featured in another issue.


The tank featured a stylized "13" as on his former Panhead. The seat maker's credit is an error, Phil Ross stitched it up. As Irish Rich pointed out, this front view of the forks was used for the ads in this issue and others.


Here's the cover of the issue it was in. Not Joe's bike, but I know you guys enjoy the Choppers Magazine stuff.

Prior to this feature, the Hustler
had tall stacks and had won First Place in the Street Bike Class at the Trident's custom car and bike show. More on that later.

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Nifty Lookin' Motorsickles

Well, looky there.

I have to admit, I've always thought the Speed Four would be a little better with tank treads.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Merry Solstice

Believe what you wish, but there's no denying that this time of year has always been linked to many traditions, ceremonies, and celebrations which were connected to the sun's rebirth. Decorated evergreen trees and the 12 festival days of Yule are just a couple examples of those old celebrations.

This art shows why we have seasons. The globe to the right is where we are now.

Christians did not always celebrate the birth of Jesus as the original focus had been on his resurrection. It's interesting how the birth of the "Son of God" is celebrated at the time of year that many ancient (and not so ancient), cultures celebrated the return or rebirth of the "Sun" which they worshiped as God.


Talk about alignment. It was rained out here on the west coast (bummed I couldn't see it), but a rare lunar eclipse that coincided with this year's solstice happened early this morning. It's been centuries since and will not happen again until 2094. Most people alive today won't see it. Makes you stop and think... and wonder what the world will be like then?

I have to admit, I like the ancients, have always been a bit relieved and happy when the days get longer each day.

Monday, December 20, 2010

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And Now ...Something Completely Different


I'm not into Hondas, but it's cool.


Just in case you were wondering where it's from.

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It Took A Lot Of Balls...

328 chrome ones!... to customize this '77 Harley Full Dresser.

Recently on Ebay

286 small chrome balls, 42 large chrome balls, 75 lights, 263 chrome bullets, and 23 visors to be exact.

You might say, a dresser for the "Fringe Element".

A lot of balls and horny too!

Seller said, "this bike is VERY front end heavy and will take getting used to". "this bike will NOT do 70 mph on the freeway".

Also stated, "this is an old bike that rattles, vibrates, and has seen better days. Definitely a treasure".

Really?!! ...a treasure?

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Commuting In the Wrong Vehicle

Hey there. Been a while.

So, due to a series of events not interesting enough to share, I had to drive a car to work today.

It was... terrible. Other drivers were cranky (one actually took the time to call me an asshole), the thing barely maneuvers, and the visibility was terrible. Why do cagers submit themselves to this daily torture?

Blech. Glad I don't have to do that too often. I'm already looking forward to riding the Triumph in tomorrow.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

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The Loose Goose Lives

I didn't make it to last week's Chopper Fest, but found this shot from the show on Bikernet.com

The bike is credited to Levi Louie and is called the Loose Goose. You might recognize it from an earlier post . Yes, that's Grant Peterson stalking behind it.

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More Of My Favorite Photos

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Image Caption: Blue Hole, Elizibethton, TN.

In 2009, I got on a "WATERFALL" kick. I looked for as many photographic waterfalls I could find. I rode my bike as well as hiked to find them.  These were taken with my FinePix camera...and I think they leave some to be desired. Oh what the heck, I'm still figuring out how to take great photos...

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Image Caption: Butler Island, GA.

I took a road trip to Florida. Side roads for the most part. I'd never been this way before. I found Butler Island GA. and the marshes of GA to be absolutely magnificent.

My Sportster and the little log cabin on RT. 70.
Image Caption: Near Rogersville, TN.

And then we have great opportunities for finding old log structures like this one. What better way to photograph a great old home like this, then with my bike in the foreground?

The eclectic little country store
Image Caption: Old Country Stores are novelties now

Who doesn't like these novel and eclectic country stores?  Fun on the outside, and just "WOW" on the inside!

An old time machine shed still in use
Image Caption: This log outbuilding is classically cool

For me, riding is all about noticing your surroundings. Would you have seen this well enough to stop and photograph from your car? Doubtful.  I'm a tourist when I ride my bike, and I don't care who knows it!

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Image Caption: Mountains Purple Majesty. 


I'm so very lucky to live here in this part of the country, where the roads offer such views.


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Image Caption: Kitty Hawk NC

This photo is not of any particular fancy grade, but I did enjoy my trip to Kitty Hawk, I think I want to do it again.

Grand Guitar Building
Image Caption: Grand Guitar Building, Bristol TN.

Isn't this a fun building? I was so impressed with it. I stopped and photographed it. I had a bit of a problem with parts falling off my bike when I took this ride from Bristol to Greenville, but it was one of my most memorable rides in this area.

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Image Caption: Another iconic view, depicting the views of beautiful Tennessee

Let me ask you, why you don't stop to take photos like these? I know you ride in place that rival Tennessee in beauty...does shots like these make you think "I know a place like this, very close to where I live!"

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Image Caption: I love old cars.

All of you who have followed my adventures for a while know how much I love old classic cars found on the roadsides!

I think I should leave some photos for another posting! I have so many...come on back y'all!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

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Polar Bear Grand Tour to the CABIN 12/12/2010


Check out pictures and videos of the seventh motorcycle run of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the CABIN on December 12, 2010. We brought toys for the Children's Hospital.

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Motorcycle Christmas Picture of the Week


Now here's the ultimate in carrying all those Christmas presents to Grandma's house. It's a 1998 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide Trike and it's towing a one-of-a-kind custom fiberglass camper with POD trailer for clothes. It's 27 feet long. Bob Suring is the happy owner. See more motorcycle pictures by visiting my Moto Pic Gallery.

Friday, December 17, 2010

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It's just photos today...

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This is at JoAnn's shooting booth... in Waxhaw NC. (Crazy Horse Painting)

This is at Jim Bortel's shop. Love the beefy-ness of this unit....
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This is JoAnn and an example of her flame work. This is her chopper....
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I don't know why...but I like this shot of JoAnn on her Chopper...

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This is a "busy" photo of Wheels Through Time, but it gives you an accurate look at what just how BUSY YOU will be as you visit from one exhibit to another. I love this place.

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This is an antique headlamp for an early motorcycle.  I can't remember which bike I was photographing when I took this...but I love it.

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Well that previous statement was dumb of me. Here it is... DOH!

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This display is one of my favorites as well. Nicely put together...the Quarter Masters School and the HD's for the couriers

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This is another photo I heavily favor...the patina, everything about it ... well. I Like it

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This is enough for now I guess. Thanks for coming.