Month: November 2011

Thanks to a helpful reader here’s another angle of the chromed Honda!

I actually have almost this exact same angle of this bike on my home computer and I think I have a closeup of the information card.  I’ll check tonight.  In the mean time here’s another one.  Thanks Much to Kevin for the shot who wrote in:

  Since your interested in it, I have this picture. I can’t quite read the placard on the bike but it looks to be an explanation of this particular model. I don’t remember where I found this picture, I never keep that information,as I save them for my own enjoyment. This may even be the same bike. If your friend has more info on this model I hope you can publish it sometime.
I don’t know if you remember me but I sent you a picture of a custom Yankee 500 a couple months ago. I’m always on the look out for something different- and cool. That’s why I like your blog(s) so much!
Keep up the good work and thanks for it. -Kevin.

Something that I have to mention regarding the very early blog posts…

In the previous “Chromed Honda” post there was a request for additional pics f the bike.  As it turns out I had done an older post on this bike waaaay back from when I photographed it at an early “Riding Into History” show.  But there’s a small problem…..

When I started this blog I was linking my photos on a host called Village Photos.  Well as it so happens that company is now out of business and shut down so most of the photos that date back to the very early days of the blog are likely not going to show up any longer.  The good news is that I do have everything stored, backed up and archived locally so if there is an old blog post that interests you and the photo is not appearing send me an e-mail ( and I’ll do what I can to track it down and get it re-posted and re-linked.

Sorry for the inconvenience.  I should have kept to the more stable and popular hosting sites but this one had a lot of cool features that worked really well with e-bay auctions and such.  And who knows, they may get back up eventually.  From searching around there’s a ton of angry customers out there.


Off on Vacation for the long weekend. All the best to you and yours!

I don’t really have anything really worth scheduling in advance so I think we’re going to just take a break till Monday. I’ll be traveling all over the State with the family and won’t have much computer access anyway.  In the mean time please feel free to browse the extensive photo library link pages I have on the top bar.  If you’re in the US then please have a great (and safe) holiday.   See you Monday!

Following on our theme of large Adventure Bikes…

Thanks to”small wheels”  (for the link in the comments thread of the FZ1 build) it seems that there’s a longer history of this than I realized.  As he said it’s “already (been) done in the ’80 by Jean Claude OLIVIER, french importater of Yamaha who even race it at the Paris-Dakar”

And here’s a shot of the 87 version.  Go check out the complete page.  It’s in original German Here… or the Google Translated version Here

Update: Nice reader ride. A 1971 Bonneville.

Update:  shame on me I forgot to include the backstory on this bike.  Sorry about that Linh.

Thanks to Linh Barinowski for the shots. I’d love to have one in this shape as a rider.

I know this bike is not anything out of this world, but it has a great story that goes along with it…..
I have a friend here in Whitefish Montana. He has owned this bike for 15+ years. The former owner said it would never run again, and my friend bought it for $1.00
It has sat in a garage for a long time. I knew my friend had it and I have been bugging him for 6 years to sell it to me. He could not part with it. So i knew i had to get it back to running order. i bought an old XL 350 for $75 bucks (hey – it is montana) and then broke into my friends garage. I took his old triumph out from under it’s cover and replaced it with the old Honda. That was over four months ago. He hasn’t noticed that his bike is missing. The bike just got finished and my friend has no idea about it. I had a lot of help from his mother ($1,200 in parts alone) and a super talented Triumph mechanic and machinist, who still races flat track at 65+ years.
It was a labor of love, for a dear friend. Every time i sit on the bike i feel like i am Fonzie…. I just have to remember the brake is the left pedal and the shifter is on right.

“Ugly” Ironhead.

I have buddy who is practically trying to give me one of these in running but rough shape. Even though it’s not really my “thing”, I may have to take him up on it. Thanks to Ugly Motorbikes. They have a nice CB650 build in their video’s that’s well worth a look.

Time Lapse of HD Ironhead Assembly from Ugly Motor Bikes on Vimeo.

The CB650’s (not yet completed here) is nice too.