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Saturday, June 25, 2011

You Deserve A Good Blogging...

I have not really posted anything on here in a while. That is not for lack of motorcycle related activities that I am involved in, or that I am too busy to take a couple pics and post them. Mainly, a local self-proclaimed bike builder/blogger/bullshit artist has ruined it for me. I am embarrassed to somehow mistakenly be associated with that scene.
I do this because it is kind of like writing in a journal that interested friends and family can look at if they want to see what kind of things I am working on. I am not trying to create a scene, or piggyback on someone else's deal. Warren invited me to contribute to his blog. I am not interested in being part of the fake Coconut Customs motorcycle shop/club/racing team. (okay, well, maybe just a little) Self-promotion is not my goal here. None of this should be taken very seriously. We all have real jobs and real lives here at CC. This is what we do the other 90 percent of the time. No Hype, No Bullshit.

Here is a tank I have been working on for the Wheelie Monster Sporty. I laid the basecoat and the flake on it over a year ago, when I painted Dylan's bike, then put it on the shelf. After a lengthy battle between Scallops and Flames, the Flames came out on top.
This coming week I will back-mask and spray the flames so that they will be popping with Candy Orange goodness. The background is a purplish-black candy that my boss mixed up for me. I wanted flat black, but he punched me in the mouth. He has been painting Harleys since before I was born. Never question the master. It looks black unless you are looking at it in the sun. Or under the bright lights of a paint booth. That's cool though, the Purple/Orange combo reminds me of a Mescaline trip I once had, anyway.
Earlier this year, I broke my shifter shaft detent spring in the Period Piece FXR. Fairly common problem with the five-speeds. It is a $2.00 part that took me a week's worth of lunch breaks to replace!
I decided (against the advice of the local elders) to replace the whole pawl assembly/shift shaft with a Baker unit. They supposedly have re-designed it to prevent broken springs. Baker uses a square spring, for some reason they don't snap as easily as the round cross-sectioned ones do. Time, and my reckless, speed demon driving style, will tell.
Hopefully my next post will show a nearly completed Hot Rod Sporty. I just buttoned up the combustion part of it today, and will be assembling the trans in the morning. Maybe I can sneak some pics of the progress tomorrow. If I were to be seen taking pictures of my motor rebuild, I would probably get stabbed with a screwdriver for being such a pussy. Old gearheads have very little tolerance for blogging or blogging-related activities. Somehow, Warren gets a free pass though. He must be doing something right.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

chris' sled

so its "done". technically its been in one piece for a couple weeks but he was breaking in the motor and shaking it down so there was a little suspense. a few things fell off in that time and several were adjusted but now its running strong enough. the other day was about a 100 miles round trip and nothing was played around with so confidence is at an all time high. his friend Molly took these pictures and i hope to work with her in the future to do a real spread featuring this ground-up build. well done to everyone involved.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

 biker mean-muggin

90 miles of some damn fine roads and fantastic moose-tracks ice cream courtesy of Big Sky.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

every friday night...

look closely at the picture and note that out of four cars in the shot; 3 have let the smoke out and 1 has a front wheel that is FUBAR'd. and they all kept the hammer down till the checkered flag.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

the montangya ice-cream survey has begun

lets not take ourselves too seriously. we ride these stupid machines for fun so don't try to be a hard-ass about it. go get an icey-mouth party and settle down. PS: the Pickle Barrel may not have soft-serve but the mint chip is amazing.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

paid and registered

coconut customs is officially registered to compete at the 2011 BUB Speed Trails this August. the bike will be in the 500cc A-AG class where the record is currently at 137.532mph, and has been standing since 1971; probably for a very good reason. 
i really don't think i have a snowball's chance but anything worth doing is never easy. the daunting task of bitch-slapping an antique to go 60mph faster than it was ever meant to go is compounded by a huge to-do list and a very tight budget.  

cripes, the bike alone needs enough work to keep me busy for the next 2 months. to add to the challenge, i need to persuade a 40 year old van to carry me to wendover and back; what the hell am i thinking? i really hope dylan comes along this time...