Posts tagged 1977

Misty Whitten and her vintage 1977 BMW r100/7 motorcycle all packed up for a camping trip. 
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Misty Whitten and her vintage 1977 BMW r100/7 motorcycle all packed up for a camping trip. 

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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. 

The winner of Day Two of Seven Days of Giveaways for the Zombie Performance Drag Bars is Kendra Chase and her bike ‘The Tsunami’!

There were so many amazing entries, it literally took hours of deliberation to decide who should get these awesome bars- and honestly I wish I had more to hand out. That being said, Kendra has redone so much of this bike, learning as she went… and that awesome Japanese wave painting is all her! 

Boy do I have a project bike! It’s a 1977 Suzuki GS750. It had been kinda chop shopped into a cafe racer style. It was first acquired by my boyfriend’s nephew… He is a tattoo artist & traded it for a tattoo. It didn’t really work out for him & I bought it off him for $300.00.

It needed some major love! It ran, but barely. I have put in a whole new electric system…. Rectifier, regulator, (guidance & encouragement from boyfriend). Also new electric ignition system complete with coils & all. Not to mention carb teardown & rejetting which was new to me & a real learning experience! We went through a whole range if sizes before getting it right (since it had aftermarket exhaust & airpods on it!). Wheh, that was TEDIOUS! It needed a front fender. Just last night we installed a rear fender (a bit if a job on a frame that’s been chopped). I painted the gas tank with the classic Japanese wave. We have named her The Tsunami! (after all she is a Japanese bike). 

The last & final part of this 6 month tour is new handlebars are needed. The ones on there are clubman knockoffs & so uncomfortable. I have toyed around with various ideas of what could work. I read your post & handlebar description & those would be badass! Perfect!

I love your page. You are an inspiration & fellow artist in the motorcycle craft. Thanks!

Much love to a fellow biker sister!
Xox Kendra

Check out some of my favorite other entries on flickr, and stay tuned for the rest of the winners!

Congrats, Kendra!

Viva Knievel! movie poster from the 1977 action film.

Viva Knievel! movie poster from the 1977 action film.

Misty V. Whitten photographed on her 1977 BMW R-100/7 while riding to the Hooligan Hoedown hosted by Ventura’s Iron & Resin. 
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Misty V. Whitten photographed on her 1977 BMW R-100/7 while riding to the Hooligan Hoedown hosted by Ventura’s Iron & Resin. 

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Thanks to an awesome project with Cafe Racer XXX, Saint Motor Company and Loaded Gun Customs… I’ll be on the East Coast! Maryland to be precise. 
This SUNDAY March 3rd- come join us at Sixteen Tons (website) for beer, wine, tunes, and talk of motorcycles!
WHEN: Sunday March 3, 2013 | 2:00p - 5:00pWHERE: Sixteen Tons - 1100 W 36th St. Baltimore, MD 21211
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Thanks to an awesome project with Cafe Racer XXX, Saint Motor Company and Loaded Gun Customs… I’ll be on the East Coast! Maryland to be precise. 

This SUNDAY March 3rd- come join us at Sixteen Tons (website) for beer, wine, tunes, and talk of motorcycles!

WHEN: Sunday March 3, 2013 | 2:00p - 5:00p
WHERE: Sixteen Tons - 1100 W 36th St. Baltimore, MD 21211

RSVP to the FB Event

Submission from the lovely Elizabeth Bacon-

Here’s me on one of my very first rides on my vintage ‘77 Yamaha XS400. I took the rider training course, and first rode a moto under my own power in summer ‘12. Bike is bone stock in this shot. I laid it down after about four weeks of riding, though. (Totally rider error…a decreasing radius left-hander, and I thought I was entering the turn too hot, but instead of looking ahead and leaning in and making it, I sat up, braked, and looked straight so naturally I rode right off the road. Fortunately relatively low-speed, I just jammed a finger and bruised my thigh.) Now my bike has new handlebars, headlamp & turn signals. I’d like to make the seat less tall, but am not committed to going full-on brat style — mostly because I have no budget right now. Very happy to be a motolady too! Waiting eagerly for any sunny days this winter…. Keep up the beautiful stuff!

Thanks for the awesome note, Elizabeth! Glad to hear you hopped back on the horse, it really sounds like you’re born to ride like so many of us motorcyclists feel!

Submission from the lovely Elizabeth Bacon-

Here’s me on one of my very first rides on my vintage ‘77 Yamaha XS400. I took the rider training course, and first rode a moto under my own power in summer ‘12. Bike is bone stock in this shot. I laid it down after about four weeks of riding, though. (Totally rider error…a decreasing radius left-hander, and I thought I was entering the turn too hot, but instead of looking ahead and leaning in and making it, I sat up, braked, and looked straight so naturally I rode right off the road. Fortunately relatively low-speed, I just jammed a finger and bruised my thigh.) Now my bike has new handlebars, headlamp & turn signals. I’d like to make the seat less tall, but am not committed to going full-on brat style — mostly because I have no budget right now. Very happy to be a motolady too! Waiting eagerly for any sunny days this winter…. Keep up the beautiful stuff!

Thanks for the awesome note, Elizabeth! Glad to hear you hopped back on the horse, it really sounds like you’re born to ride like so many of us motorcyclists feel!

Sofi Tsingos (parts lady at Ducati Dallas) and her 1977 Honda CB550 cafe racer build.
Words on the process from Sofi-

My dad and I started to really get into Cafe bikes back in 09’. Found a new way to express another kind of art, kinda like hot rods. We looove old cars and hot rods. My Dad started reading up on the old Tritons, he found a frame and started piecing one together. I kept saying I wanted to build one too and started doing my own research. I was thinking about an old Ducati bevel but those where hard to find cheap. I was having a really hard time in life at the time so my Dad got me the CB550 for christmas to give me something else to focus on. Became obsessed with ready other peoples creations on different forums and the cafe racer magazines. Pulling all my favorite parts of each bike and created my own vision I guess… About a 3rd of the way through, my Dad and I moved back to texas where I got a full time job as a tech with Ducati Dallas so that took most of my time. Also had aother project I started and had to finish. The bike continues to bomb around town with me a couple times a week. I absolutely love it and will never sell it.

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Sofi Tsingos (parts lady at Ducati Dallas) and her 1977 Honda CB550 cafe racer build.

Words on the process from Sofi-

My dad and I started to really get into Cafe bikes back in 09’. Found a new way to express another kind of art, kinda like hot rods. We looove old cars and hot rods. My Dad started reading up on the old Tritons, he found a frame and started piecing one together. I kept saying I wanted to build one too and started doing my own research. I was thinking about an old Ducati bevel but those where hard to find cheap. I was having a really hard time in life at the time so my Dad got me the CB550 for christmas to give me something else to focus on. Became obsessed with ready other peoples creations on different forums and the cafe racer magazines. Pulling all my favorite parts of each bike and created my own vision I guess… About a 3rd of the way through, my Dad and I moved back to texas where I got a full time job as a tech with Ducati Dallas so that took most of my time. Also had aother project I started and had to finish. The bike continues to bomb around town with me a couple times a week. I absolutely love it and will never sell it.

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One of my favorite Yamahas. An advertisement from 1977 for the 3 cylinder DOHC shaft drive XS750. “SUPERSHAFT.”

One of my favorite Yamahas. An advertisement from 1977 for the 3 cylinder DOHC shaft drive XS750. “SUPERSHAFT.”