We're going to be doing some house-cleaning on this site over the next couple weeks. Nothing major, just re-organizing some things, updating product information and adding some of the new parts. Hopefully it'll be even easier to browse around and check stuff out. One new feature that's already working is a web store for buying shirts, hoodies, hats, etc. It's up and operational, so if you need some new Biltwell threads here's where the newest stuff is and it's ready to ship: Online Apparel Store.
Ain't no BBQ like in the midwest!
Classic Style thats Joel
Bill "struttin" down the 40
reheating a burrito in the hot sun for breakfast
So, how's it ride? I gotta admit I've never really liked struts, but I've never ridden with them either, I had just judged by looks and philosophy. Seemed like the worst of both worlds - bad looks of a swingarm bike and harsh ride of a rigid. Well, shows what I know. As struts go, these have to be some of the best looking ever. And as far as riding, well, it changed everything. I've ridden rigids and swingarm bikes aplenty, but I've never been able to do a before and after comparison like you can with struts. I love the predictability of a rigid in the corners and the bouncing over rough stuff while you are on the throttle is hard to beat. I already had the lowest shocks possible on this bike, but the struts lowered it another inch or so, making the weight transfer shift rearward so it just feels like it's hooking up better and the front end feels lighter. Not a bad deal, no matter how you slice it.
I also added some cool new clear grips from Kutty at Hippy Killer Garage. Found out you can't safety wire those like soft grips. After a few miles, the wire cut right through 'em. Looks kinda cool anyway, so I'll run 'em like this. Also made a new throttle cable since the old one was fraying and with McGoo's special mods this prototype (notice Quick Steel keeping the stop-pin in) billet throttle snaps like a pro-prepped motocrosser. Snappy throttle and rigid ass end = more fun to blast around. Sometimes the simple mods are the best...
These Struts were developed for sportsters but could be used on any bike that will accept 10” eye to eye struts with 1/2” bores for shock bolts/studs. They are finished with a super durable black electroplate finish.
You can install these yourself in about five minutes if you stop in the middle of the job to get another beer. Make sure you have enough clearance between your tire and fender/tailight wire, etc. Here is a pic of Bill's sporty with a set of them on. Man thats Tough!
A couple of posts ago I was going on about how we should all ride motorcycles and lower our carbon footprint and have more fun at the same time, yada yada. Today, I'm at the cell-phone store getting raped and notice this mini-chopper in the parking lot. It had a license plate on it. I went about my business and then finally asked the ever-helpful rapist behind the counter if he knew the pilot of said machine. He kind of smirked and then nodded towards another employee like he had been through this conversation before. The guy he pointed out was about 5' 10" or so and a grown-ass man of about 30. I replied with something like "Wow, I thought maybe you guys had a cool midget working in the back or something, I had no idea a full-size dude would rock that thing". He said the guy was super proud of it. It's a 3/4 chopper, not a 1/2 so it can be registered for the street. Mr. 3/4 rides it about 50 miles round trip every day, most of it on the freeway and the return trip generally at night. I guess if anyone asks him about it he'll go into the whole story for about 20 minutes. Thankfully I didn't have the time for the extended version, but I did pick up that he snagged it off of Craig's List (of course) for $1500 and gets about 75mpg. Maybe he's laughing all the way to the bank, eh Mr. SuperDuty driver? I remember my dad surrendering to the gas crunch of the 70's by ditching the family wagon and getting a Chevette and turning his 3-speed Sears Special bicycle into a long-distance commuter, but man, a mini bike? A seriously hideous mini-bike? On the 15 Freeway? The world is obviously coming to an end, I just hope it's soon...
Our friend Alan Close out in Michigan rules. Check out these oil paintings he did recently for a charity raffle at the Detroit Autorama. He also printed up a cool coloring book that he sells through Tyler at Lowbrow Customs. They are supposed to be real neat, but I wouldn't know, he keeps selling them all instead of sending me one! Thanks, Al you are one talented dude, no matter the medium.
Blogs are like buttholes these days, we've all got 'em and most of them stink. This one is my favorite: Nostalgia on Wheels. It's like reading a hundred great old bike mags but cutting out the bad jokes and floppy naturals and getting straight to the golden goodness, and insightful captions make it even better. If you haven't seen it yet, you might want to go get a 12-pack, you're gonna be here a while...
We got a nice surprise visit yesterday from our friend Luis and his girl from the Spain-based chopper magazine Custom Machines. We met Luis last year on the Gypsy Run in Brooklyn and he shot some pics of Chris' bike there. Of course he shot it again since it looks so different now. He even rolled my sporty out for a few shots. They'll be in town for the next month so if you bump into 'em treat them right!
One day after polishing our purple helmet we bumped into this enormous cock:
There's never a dull moment when we visit our factories. Here's some other cool stuff from day four on the Flower Island:
Lunch at Sun Moon Lake.
Tomorrow We're off to the CNC factory to wrap up technical and finish details on our alcohol-powered ignition cover and billet alloy throttle. We're also visiting the chiropractor for some much-needed acupuncture and back cracking... stay tuned for photos...
In about two weeks we'll be loading the team van with sparkly helmets and heading east to Horse Magazine's annual Smoke Out. None of us have ever been to the east event, but it's a legendary party so we gotta check it out. The Horse added a cool thing this year, the Amateur Chop Off. Check out these "ACO" bike pics poached from the Backtalk forum. Whoa! What kind of amateurs are these? The bikes look nuts and they're done two weeks ahead of schedule? WTF?! Good work guys!
Number of wrecks: 4
Number of times bikes have seen the ground: 7
Number of fouled spark plugs: 26
Miles covered thus far: 2100
Times rags have sucked through carb/engine/exhaust: 1
# of engines split: 2
Max speed attained: 90
Police investigations involved in: 1
Hospital visits: 1
Number of women interested in us: 0
Zack and Scott of One World Studios are on a whirlwind Summer Tour across Europe doing screenings of Brittown and Choppertown from Amsterdam to London, they will be trotting the globe and spreading the Meatball gospel. To show support for indy filmmakers and the people who dig their craft, Biltwell has donated a grip of helmets to be given out at raffle prizes at each showing. If you haven't seen the latest release from these guys, get it here: Brittown.
Thanks for letting us be a part of the party, guys.
Here's a pic of the winner last month in Vancouver B.C.
Which came first I don't know but its lunch time!