Stopped by Tri-County Motorcycle Salvage in Ventura, CA yesterday just in time before they closed before the weekend at 5p. Tons of shocks, cables, bars, dirtbike bodywork, wheels, carbs, branded wrenches (probably from road side tool kits), luggage racks… and not one metal fender for the Harley DualSporty project (which is the whole reason I went)

I did pick up a ton of wrenches though (more on my plans for those later) and Wolf found an awesome clutch-and-brake double lever. Never seen one of these in person except the types that stunt riders have on their motorcycles. 

Abby and Brittany ride a scooter! Yes, these ladies are conjoined twins… and they don’t let anything stop them from following their dreams and trying new things. They have two spines and nervous systems but two arms and two legs, the right side and left side are controlled completely separately by each woman. Teamwork and communication get them through every task, even riding two wheels!

Abby and Brittany ride a scooter! Yes, these ladies are conjoined twins… and they don’t let anything stop them from following their dreams and trying new things. They have two spines and nervous systems but two arms and two legs, the right side and left side are controlled completely separately by each woman. Teamwork and communication get them through every task, even riding two wheels!

Lindsey Marie Hanson on her beautiful customized vintage Harley, captured hitting “The Snake” near Los Angeles, CA. 
You’ve probably seen photos from “The Snake” without even realizing- it’s a 21-turn portion of Mulholland Highway just above the Rock Store. “Edwards’ Corner” is the last turn heading uphill through the snake and is rather internet famous for capturing motorcyclists outriding their bike, talent, and/or conditions. 

Lindsey Marie Hanson on her beautiful customized vintage Harley, captured hitting “The Snake” near Los Angeles, CA. 

You’ve probably seen photos from “The Snake” without even realizing- it’s a 21-turn portion of Mulholland Highway just above the Rock Store. “Edwards’ Corner” is the last turn heading uphill through the snake and is rather internet famous for capturing motorcyclists outriding their bike, talent, and/or conditions. 

Valerie Thompson ready to race in her BMW branded one piece suit and Schuberth full face.
Valerie is a five time land speed record holder, is an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, and Texas Mile 200 MPH Club… dang! She also set a personal best top speed of 212 mph on her BMW S1000RR during the March 2013 Texas Mile competition. Pretty incredible. 
Valerie will be appearing at BMW Las Vegas open house this weekend, Saturday April 19th, 2014 from 11a to 3p. For more info, address, etc… hit the Valerie Thompson FB page. 

Valerie Thompson ready to race in her BMW branded one piece suit and Schuberth full face.

Valerie is a five time land speed record holder, is an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, and Texas Mile 200 MPH Club… dang! She also set a personal best top speed of 212 mph on her BMW S1000RR during the March 2013 Texas Mile competition. Pretty incredible. 

Valerie will be appearing at BMW Las Vegas open house this weekend, Saturday April 19th, 2014 from 11a to 3p. For more info, address, etc… hit the Valerie Thompson FB page

Lanakila MacNaughton, the photographer behind the Women’s Moto Exhibit, takin’ a cruise on her new Sporty while rockin’ a Biltwell Gringo full face. 
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Lanakila MacNaughton, the photographer behind the Women’s Moto Exhibit, takin’ a cruise on her new Sporty while rockin’ a Biltwell Gringo full face. 

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Stormie Ray pullin’ her dirtbike out of the muddy trenches at Woodland Bottoms in Washinton.
Ruts can be deceiving in the rainy climate of the Pacific Northwest- you’re all “I got this” then it’s more like “holy crap where’d my wheel go?”

Stormie Ray pullin’ her dirtbike out of the muddy trenches at Woodland Bottoms in Washinton.

Ruts can be deceiving in the rainy climate of the Pacific Northwest- you’re all “I got this” then it’s more like “holy crap where’d my wheel go?”

The woman rider on the bubbly-future-looking electric motorbike featured on the Silodrome website definitely caught my eye! The Johammer Electric Motorcycle has a pretty impressive range of 125 miles (200km), uses center hub steering, and regenerative braking. (Regenerative braking is utilized in many electric cars these days, the engine basically assists in braking while also charging the battery. You can read more about it on How Stuff Works, & Tesla Motors.

Nope, not cheap… the full model (12.7 kWh) with longer distance as mentioned above will be about $34,500 (25,000 euros).

Video: Hitler Wants A Gixxer (For His First Bike)

Most of us are familiar with the Hitler video meme wherein the english subtitles are changed to humorous banter completely unrelated to the Nazi regime. In this parody video, Hitler wants a GSXR 650 or 1000 for his first bike, and his compadres try to talk sense to him about starting with something smaller and, well, Hitler throws a temper tantrum (naturally). “I want my 180 wheels! I want to beat Ferraris! I will have women pulling the balls out of my pants!”

Just under 4 minutes of amusingly familiar arguments. I especially love, “I have six months of dirt riding experience!”

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2014

Pandora and I were unable to make it to the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas on April 11th and 12th this year. The event is snuggled up to MotoGP and features the Wall of Death, a full bar, and works of Shinya Kimura, Walt Siegl, Revival Cycles, Boyle Custom Moto, and one of my favorite motoladies Sofi Tsingos plus a ton of other talented folks. Sofi and Brandon LaJoie of GT Moto (website) helped out with some awesome photos and words on the event. 

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"First, I would like to say how mind blowing the show was. Last year I was about a block away from the One Show during Moto GP and missed it by half an hour. So I asked to get off work in advance to make sure I could make it this year. I had NO idea my CB550 and I would be invited to actually be in the show! After arriving, I just stopped at the door as soon as I saw the talent that was there.

Kyirsty Unger sitting on her lil two stoke Suzuki GT185 braaper in Portland, Oregon.
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Kyirsty Unger sitting on her lil two stoke Suzuki GT185 braaper in Portland, Oregon.

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Christina Moto-Robot gettin’ down at the Santa Maria SMKA.

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Crazy exhaust havin’ custom Japanese style Harley from the BBQ Run (EvoSpo blog).
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Crazy exhaust havin’ custom Japanese style Harley from the BBQ Run (EvoSpo blog).

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Kerryann De La Cruz and her I <3 RDN shirt, perfectly matched to her red Honda CBR sportbike.
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Kerryann De La Cruz and her I <3 RDN shirt, perfectly matched to her red Honda CBR sportbike.

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Went to a few antique and vintage shops today in Ventura… awesome stores and a couple scores. Rotations was by far my favorite, with the 50cc Indian minibike, vintage motorcycle stuff sprinkled throughout a bunch of other wares including old street signage and antique photos of women and motorcycles. I snagged an old pair of leather motorcycle pants there, and the owl business card holder at Time Bomb. 

Good stuff. 

Hillary Russak and her BMW touring bike photographed by Christina Shook (Hasselblad, film). Check out her book, &#8216;Chicks on Bikes&#8217;. 

Hillary Russak and her BMW touring bike photographed by Christina Shook (Hasselblad, film). Check out her book, ‘Chicks on Bikes’.