Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Brakes just slow you down

Custom cast aluminum brake pedal for a Haifley Brothers Project

Monday, July 26, 2010

1949 Triumph Basket

A cardboard box full of daydreams.


Found object collage that I made.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ring of Fire

I saw an ad on Craigslist a while back for a complete triumph motor $300. I don't need it but I call and end up going to look at it for a friends project. It's in West Phoenix and a crappy part of town. Getting in touch with them was sketchy. When I get there I was met by a fast talking old thinning long haired biker in a Slayer t-shirt with the sleeves cut off. He liked my old truck. I go in the back yard and there are bike parts everywhere and not a whole bike to be seen. The motor is a disaster. Dismantled in milk crates and missing parts. I try to buy a finned Triumph primary but it's not for sale(I manage to buy it later). I hesitate, but offer $100 for the parts and we settle at $160. We keep talking about bikes. And the badly bent frame by the gate. His old lady smashed it and broke her jaw. By this time his brother is standing around, he's fatter and not wearing a shirt showing off his home made tattoos. They take a liking to me and show me pics of their now dismantled and smashed bikes in their prime condition circa 1983 judging by the pics. The last pic is the showpiece. Large color photograph all framed up. I look at the details on the bike then I notice what looks like some of the yard was set on fire with lighter fluid. I ask, is that a ring of fire around the bike? He says.... Hell Yeah It's A Ring Of Fire!!!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

750 Big bore kit

Helping a friend install a new 750 cc big bore kit on a 60's Triumph motor. Big cylinders, large intake valves and 32mm carbs. Should be fast.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Freshly shaved and scotchbrite polished 35mm lowers. One brake mount remains.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Split Shovelhead Rockers I milled up for a new project.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mermaids and Mini Golf in Florida

Okra in Mississippi

Camping in Lafayette Louisiana at a KOA last summer. So hot in that little tent. Had fevered dreams of fire demons and people dancing crazy. The southern heat will play tricks with you. The desert heat offers up a completely different bag of tricks I think. Just fixed my A.C. so I was thinking about it.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Here is a map of my trip on the BMW motorcycle to date. Trip will continue when I can. The stars mark when the bike was left for an extended time and I flew back to Phoenix for work.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Machine Shop exhaust bracket

Spent some time yesterday in the shop tying down the exhaust. Milled up a nifty clamp and a mess of pike nuts to bolt it all together. You can just about pick up the bike by the exhaust now.