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Giving my Monster, aka ‘Pandora’s Box’, a sponge bath on this lovely 80°F sunny San Diego day.
Yeah, sometimes she gets washed before and after a ride. So what? Gotta treat the ladies right if you want them to do the same. 

Giving my Monster, aka ‘Pandora’s Box’, a sponge bath on this lovely 80°F sunny San Diego day.

Yeah, sometimes she gets washed before and after a ride. So what? Gotta treat the ladies right if you want them to do the same. 

Installing the Chainsikle low sets on Caroline’s sporty last Friday, just before the bike and I fell off the stand.

I realized that now both my builds have my blood, sweat, and tears in them. I really don’t want this to be a pattern.

The Dual Sporty Project saga continues…

Installing the Chainsikle low sets on Caroline’s sporty last Friday, just before the bike and I fell off the stand.

I realized that now both my builds have my blood, sweat, and tears in them. I really don’t want this to be a pattern.

The Dual Sporty Project saga continues…

Friday night therapy- I’m up in Ventura visiting friends and working on Caroline’s Dual Sporty Project with the talented Jeff Wolf. Last night we spent some time grinding, cutting, and welding.

He and I had one welding lesson before, almost a year ago… I put my skills to the test again last night modifying the tank luggage rack I found at a swap meet so it’ll sit on the 360 tank. The practice welds above were much better than the one I did on the rack- so it goes. Time and practice, time and practice. (Note: the wider weld was actually practice bridging a gap.)

More photos from the process and final product later.

Had the pleasure of shooting with Shaik Ridzwan of the Mighty Motor this weekend in downtown Los Angeles with Pandora.

The location under third street not only looked rad but kept me out of the super hot sun. It was some 82°F in LA on Sunday even by 11a. It also allowed for a super cool aerial photo of the Monster. 

Topmost photo by Shaik Ridzwan. 

[ more behind the scenes ]

Was really cool to see a brand spankin’ new 2014 2013 Honda CB1100 (and get to sit on it and rev the engine a lil) today at Cerberus. It’s pretty cool as is, too. The 535lbs felt somewhat low centered making it not overly heavy, and had good height. Again, I’m stoked to see manufacturers bringing retro/classic motorcycles back into the mix. 
They’re chopping it up for a customer who’s going to send it overseas where they have more strict on what bikes you can bring in. The benefit of using this as a base is that it passes all their all their regulations right off the bat, and will be easier to register etc. 

Was really cool to see a brand spankin’ new 2014 2013 Honda CB1100 (and get to sit on it and rev the engine a lil) today at Cerberus. It’s pretty cool as is, too. The 535lbs felt somewhat low centered making it not overly heavy, and had good height. Again, I’m stoked to see manufacturers bringing retro/classic motorcycles back into the mix. 

They’re chopping it up for a customer who’s going to send it overseas where they have more strict on what bikes you can bring in. The benefit of using this as a base is that it passes all their all their regulations right off the bat, and will be easier to register etc. 

Birfday Weekend!

My buddy Chris (in Portland) called me on Thursday and told me he wanted to come down to San Diego for my birthday weekend. With the stipulation that we had to ride motorcycles (of course), how could I deny such a request? He loaded his GSXR into his van and drove down, arriving friday around 6. What a haul. 

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Yesterday we went for a ride through Julian, Santa Ysabel, up to Palomar. Chris is a fan of twisties and Palomar is definitely somewhat famous for riding in San Diego, so I figured I should take him there. We totalled probably 160 miles. I don’t have any gauges so I wouldn’t know…

McCain Valley Monday

Headed East from San Diego on Monday toward Campo- out into McCain Valley for some desert riding on a lil Honda XR100. Since I plan to head out to the Trophy Desert Party in less than two weeks, I wanted to get acquainted with riding in sand… it’s very, very different.

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Caught at the One Show on Saturday by Justin Coffey of Touratech USA (website) and Peanut Butter Coast (website). Lower pic left to right, Chris Herrin, Angel Dupree, myself, my mom, and Karissa Coffey

Road trip to the One Motorcycle Show 2014 (Part One?) - "We’re Not In SoCal Anymore!"

Loaded the Monster into my (super ridiculously tall) Tacoma yesterday morning and headed out to San Francisco to meet Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber for the next leg of the trip. 

Before you even start- no, hell no I’m not riding it there. There needs to be no other reason besides the safety of it- I have no want to drive through snow and sleet for the tail end of 1300 miles. I’d prefer Pandora and I get there in one piece. 

Anyway, I managed to miss all the LA traffic and blasted from San Diego to SF in about 7 hours. Crashed out a few hours later, got myself going around 9. We unloaded Pandora from my truck (always a feat) and put her up in Jensen’s trailer. Multiple messages from friends and instagrammers warning me about the weather in Portland which has turned from blah to pretty terrible.

The weather through Grant’s Pass is always sketchy for this trip, and dead of winter is not the choice time to go. There’s a winter storm warning there now, snow in Corvallis, Eugene, and now Portland. It’s 23 degrees there today, heavy winds and snowfall. 

Oh joy. I wonder why I moved to SoCal? The Monster is getting gross from road grime, which will happen eventually but still hurts to see. 

Anyway, here goes nothing. Driving through Oregon is going to be sketchy. (Drivers in the Pacific Northwest aren’t known for their snow driving skills.)

The majorest of major Monster Project updates… the build’s finished. I suppose to say the bike named Pandora’s Box is complete seems pretty oxymoronic, and let’s be real… it really is. No build is ever finished, and I’ll be tweaking and changing things on this girl for months to come I’m sure. Already on the list… moving rear set positioning, angles of the clip on bars, and likely rejetting the carbs.
Pandora and I took our first ride today in over two years- somewhat short for testing purposes. From Cerberus in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego where I was working on her, over to Trophy Motorcycles on El Cajon for some new spark plugs, then out to Mission Beach for a mini photoshoot. Yes, she feels great. The 748 front end on there definitely made it ride more like a sportbike (gee I wonder why) and it turns in with just the thought of an approaching corner. Quick as a bunny, with a throaty purr that sounds like it’s coming from the depths of my heart. 
Indiegogo folks- don’t worry, I’ll be starting on the rewards portion of the campaign and will deliver them asap. You have not been forgotten by any means. Thank you again for your support and helping make this dream come true… I was jumping up and down like a little kid in the crux of a sugar high after I took her out on the road.
Last note- the build phases of the Monster Project will be updated on this here website, very soon. I had forgone the blogging portion of the project in order to get the thing done [finally]. 

The majorest of major Monster Project updates… the build’s finished. I suppose to say the bike named Pandora’s Box is complete seems pretty oxymoronic, and let’s be real… it really is. No build is ever finished, and I’ll be tweaking and changing things on this girl for months to come I’m sure. Already on the list… moving rear set positioning, angles of the clip on bars, and likely rejetting the carbs.

Pandora and I took our first ride today in over two years- somewhat short for testing purposes. From Cerberus in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego where I was working on her, over to Trophy Motorcycles on El Cajon for some new spark plugs, then out to Mission Beach for a mini photoshoot. Yes, she feels great. The 748 front end on there definitely made it ride more like a sportbike (gee I wonder why) and it turns in with just the thought of an approaching corner. Quick as a bunny, with a throaty purr that sounds like it’s coming from the depths of my heart. 

Indiegogo folks- don’t worry, I’ll be starting on the rewards portion of the campaign and will deliver them asap. You have not been forgotten by any means. Thank you again for your support and helping make this dream come true… I was jumping up and down like a little kid in the crux of a sugar high after I took her out on the road.

Last note- the build phases of the Monster Project will be updated on this here website, very soon. I had forgone the blogging portion of the project in order to get the thing done [finally]. 

MotoLady Three Year Party (mini post)

There’ll be many more photos to come, but in the mean time I wanted to share a few details about last night with all of you who weren’t able to make it. The MotoLady Three Year Anniversary Party started at 7p at Deus Emporium in Venice Beach (Los Angeles) California.

In review: I finished the Monster (dubbed “Pandora’s Box”) in time for the event- it was on display in the Deus showroom blinging away in the spotlight for all to see. Attendees enjoyed BBQ hot dogs, enjoyed Sailor Jerry mixed drinks and Pabst tall boys. The raffle was epic, to say the least.

Some more photos from my photoshoot with the amazingly talented Lanakila MacNaughton for the Women’s Moto Exhibit (website).

Gear breakdown for those of you curious- sporting UglyBROS USA jeans (Twiggy and Ton-Up), Icon 1000 Akorp jacket (review here), Icon Elsinore boots, and Icon Airmada stack helmet

Major thanks yet again to Tim & Isaac (owners of Trophy Motorcycles) for the bitchin’ 1970 Triumph to ride.

[ more photos from Lanakila MacNaughton ]

The third annual Biltwell Parking lot Sale happened today at their new spot in Temecula, CA! I scored a tank and fender for a whopping $5, met the beautiful Ashmore of Babes Ride Out, saw the infamous Dump Truck again, drank free beer that flowed from a vintage Fire Truck, and laid eyes on some beautiful machines. 

The Biltwell shop is lovely, all their goodies on display and lookin’ classy as expected. Nice bikes inside, a wall of helmets and a plethora of fun bits for your builds. 

Thanks for a great time, guys!

[ links: Biltwell Website | BabesRideOut.com ]

Lanakila MacNaughton works fast! Girl already got me some preview photos from our shoot near Temecula on the 21st… oh how I love her! Check out these rad shots for the Women’s Moto Exhibit on the 1970 Triumph from Trophy Motorcycles.

I’m sporting my oh-so-loved Icon 1000 Elsinore boots, Akorp and Federal jackets, and new UglyBROS riding jeans.

Happy dang New Year!

[ links: Women’s Moto Exhibit website | Trophy Motorcycles website ]

Behind the scenes shots from Lanakila's shoot yesterday for her ongoing project the Women's Motorcycle Exhibit (website). She creates portraits of real women who ride, showing their personalities, styles, and passion for motorcycling through medium format film photographs.

The owners of Trophy Motorcycles (vintage European moto shop in San Diego- website), Isaac and Tim, were kind enough to lend out two vintage Triumph desert sleds for the shoot. Isaac picked me up in the AM and we drove out to Temecula in his classy Ford truck.

The drive was lovely, and I can’t thank him enough for taking time away from the shop to let me ride a rad old bike in the photographs for Lana. It was a 1970-ish, with right hand shift, a hair thin clutch sweet spot, geared for dirt, and no kill switch. The kicker was definitely a tricky one for me- everything is a learning experience with motorcycles (one of the things I love about them). Between that and the clutch, it took me a minute to get used to it and everyone got to watch me kick it over about 150 times total. Super cool bike though, I only rode it in the dirt for maybe 20 seconds and got a little weeee moment turning it around (not on purpose, haha).

Back to the above photos- I personally love the one of Lana flashing all her film like an alleyway black-market watch peddler… she’s got color in one pocket and black and white in the other. It was nice to see a friend from Oregon; I might not miss the weather but I do miss my peeps. 

Stay tuned for the photos- I’m beyond excited to see them.