Posts tagged built not bought

Daaaaaaaang, girl! That bike is the shit! May I present to you the winner of Day 3 of the Seven Days of Giveaways for the pink Icon Airmada helmet

Krystal Hess’ 1996 Suzuki Savage cafe racer style custom motorcycle features photos of notable motoladies in history, how cool is that? Plus, all the pink powdercoating and paint certainly lends to the requirement for the submission- loving pink!

My name is Krystal and this is Spinderella, my 1996 Suzuki Savage Cafe Racer I built in honor of all the bad ass femme-fatale riders everywhere. It is pink. Very pink. And it is a homage to women - past, present and future - who love to ride. 

Random fact: everything pink and black I powder coated myself :) this bike was my most favorite labor of love 

I love my bike :) 

The kickassedness of this submission couldn’t be denied, but the rest of the submissions were pretty great too. Head over to flickr and check out my favorites

Congrats Krystal, and keep being awesome!

Can you build a chopper in under a month with under a thousand dollars? This is the question presented by the Dirtbag Challenge- an annual motorcycle build-off, ride, and party. 

In 2009 a team comprised only of women entered and won one of the contest awards. Paolo Asuncion sent me a note about the Dirtbag Documentary he is currently editing-

The team of women includes the owner of a motorcycle repair shop (the ONLY woman owned shop around these parts, the president of the SF Motorcycle Club (first woman president), a racer, an iron worker….all noteworthy individuals and even more noteworthy as a team.

You can check out the trailer on the Dirtbag Documentary facebook page. Also, keep an eye out for reveal for this year’s build off on the Dirtbag Challenge facebook, which also posts helpful and cheap resources if you want to participate.

Rust Bucket Project: The Bondo Bike

At the Deviants CC compound in Vancouver, WA… I spent a few hours going at the BSA frame with an angle grinder yesterday. My mission was to remove the bondo from the frame so I could see what is really going on with the structure of the hard tail, where I need to cut and start over again. 

The welds look pretty old judging by the wear and tear, and Wolf told me they were probably stick welds not something more fine tuned. Whoever built this bike must have fancied themselves a sculpter because they chose to use the bondo crap to shape it instead of metal. Seems silly to me. 

"Sometimes you get to see cool things while on a road trip." (From imgur)
Awesome spotting of Randy Grubb Decoliner mobiles on the road. Randy is a hot rod builder and enthusiast from California. (randygrubb.com)

"Sometimes you get to see cool things while on a road trip." (From imgur)

Awesome spotting of Randy Grubb Decoliner mobiles on the road. Randy is a hot rod builder and enthusiast from California. (randygrubb.com)

In lieu of a full Monster Project update (which is desperately past due), I wanted to share a photo I snapped yesterday after the seat was chopped. 
It still needs the foam shaped (and reupholstered obviously), but this is the closest to finished I’ve seen my Monster. Finally, you can see the shape I was going for in my build sketches. 
I am more than pleased with my design decisions.

In lieu of a full Monster Project update (which is desperately past due), I wanted to share a photo I snapped yesterday after the seat was chopped. 

It still needs the foam shaped (and reupholstered obviously), but this is the closest to finished I’ve seen my Monster. Finally, you can see the shape I was going for in my build sketches

I am more than pleased with my design decisions.

Isaiah Pannier’s 1979 GS425e Cafe Racer

What you can do with some elbow grease and effort is truly amazing. Seeing high dollar builds with every detail planned and perfectly executed is definitely inspiring, each piece a work of art. But I think what I like more are garage built bikes, customized by the owner to their liking instead of a shop or designer. They both have their positives, but this is a great example of what I mean.

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Isaiah’s cafe racer build began with a bike you don’t often find in the USA, a 1979 Suzuki GS425e. 

RAD Motorcycles Magazine (website) went on sale today in France… featuring a two page feature of my photography from the One Motorcycle Show 2013!

These photos were not released anywhere online, so they’re super special just for readers.

So be sure to snag a copy of RAD No. 6 online here.

The other day I posted Angie Cooper and her Triumph T120 chopper barn find… I wanted to share this 1978 Triumph 750 Bonneville 750CC T120 that will be on display at the One Motorcycle Show this weekend here in Portland. 

Hard to pin a year and model on this bike, but the motor is a 1978 750cc T120 Bonneville, everything else is from random years or fabricated.

Get more info about the One Motorcycle Show, or go check out the Chrome Industries + MotoLady One Show hosted ride on Friday!

The other day I posted Angie Cooper and her Triumph T120 chopper barn find… I wanted to share this 1978 Triumph 750 Bonneville 750CC T120 that will be on display at the One Motorcycle Show this weekend here in Portland. 

Hard to pin a year and model on this bike, but the motor is a 1978 750cc T120 Bonneville, everything else is from random years or fabricated.

Get more info about the One Motorcycle Show, or go check out the Chrome Industries + MotoLady One Show hosted ride on Friday!

Had this awesome submission in my tumblr inbox today- Angie Cooper from Richmond, VA. 

1967 Triumph T120 chopper to be brought back to life from totheriver.tumblr.com. I just picked up this barn find last week and plan on getting her running this spring. Currently I ride a 2009 Kawasaki KLX 250SF as my daily driver and a 1974 BWM R90 for longer trips.

Had this awesome submission in my tumblr inbox today- Angie Cooper from Richmond, VA. 

1967 Triumph T120 chopper to be brought back to life from totheriver.tumblr.comI just picked up this barn find last week and plan on getting her running this spring. Currently I ride a 2009 Kawasaki KLX 250SF as my daily driver and a 1974 BWM R90 for longer trips.