Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bike Repaint Update #2

Well, after finishing sanding the tins for paint, I sealed the parts with PPG V-Seal. I then laid down a black base using GM 9835. I let that dry for about 20 mins and then applied the PPG Lazer Blue Metallic on top of the black. Immediately after applying the blue, I used large sheets of clean plastic and laid it over the fresh blue paint. I let it sit for about 10 seconds and immediatly pull the plastic off. Doing this, pulls some of the blue metallic off which exposes the black base underneath. After I was happy with the effect, I then over reduced some base color with blue pearl and lightly sprayed over the parts. This adds a hint of blue base and pearl to the black. It's a really cool effect!
After all the colors flashed off. I then used PPG DC3000 clear and applied three heavy coats.
The next day after everything was dry, I used 800 grit on a DA only with microfine 3m gray pads to sand the clear smooth. I then laid out the graphics and airbrushed the silver,white and black into the design. I unmasked the graphics and will re-clear the parts.

Now painted and in the paint booth.

See what I mean!I love the look!
And now all back together.....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Protecting a Funeral - Ministry against WBC

I joined the Patriot Guards Riders this year after researching the events that have taken place at our Military personels funerals. These bikers stand against the protestors by forming a human wall and displaying their 3'x5' American flags. The bikers are there as a non violent means to keep protestors away from the grieving families.
If your interested in becoming a Patriot Guard Rider please visit www.patriotguard.org for more info.

Bike Repaint Update

Since I couldn't afford another project bike this winter due to the economy, I decided this would be a good time to repaint the Vulcan 1500. I removed the frt fender, tank, and rear fender. The tank had two small dents in it due to my son who thought he would take it for a ride while I wasn't home and in the process he was forced off the road by a cage and put the bike in a ditch. Thank goodness he wasn't hurt. Anyways, the dents were repaired. The fenders were dent free but I sanded them down with 100 grit then switched to 220 grit then fine scotch brite pad and primed all three parts using an epoxy catalized primer.

Primer time!

After the primer was dry (over night), I then sanded the parts with fine scotch brite pads then switched to super fine pads to get the tins super smooth. Next step will be to seal them and apply the basecoat and clearcoat of the main color which is gonna be a 2008 GM color Lazer Blue!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New French Motorcycle Company

The Wakan 1640 starts with a single spine oil carrying frame, a 54 inch wheelbase, with inverted Ceriani forks mounted at 22 degrees. Power comes from a 100 cubic inch S&S V-Twin producing 115hp and 115 foot pounds of torque and those horses are moving a motorcycle that weighs only 390 pounds with oil, no fuel. The engine sports a single Keihin flatslide carb that gets ram air through a blower type scoop situated above the airbox cover. The fuel tank is below the seat, molded to double as a sort of rear mudguard with the filler mounted on the tailsection.
The engine has been dynamically balanced to reduce vibration plus the bar end weights help and the result is a much smoother bike than you might expect.
Braking chores go to a single 340mm front disc with a six piston caliper, which first road tester, Alan Cathcart, calls, "OK" but which might need to be tweaked a bit for serious stopping power. Cathcart also says the handling is similar to the Buell Firebolt XB12R but performance from the S&S V-Twin is definitely a step up.
Article and pic taken from The Knee Slider....

Thirsty Thursday!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tilton Hilton

The wife and I set out for a short ride last Saturday and headed to Indian Lake here in Ohio. One of the most well known biker friendly bars near the lake is the Tilton Hilton. The bar got it's name due to the floor inside which slants,not just a little but A LOT!
Another thing this bar is well known for is the hamburgers. They are huge! I'm guessing they are one pounders and they are juicy and always cooked all the way through. If ya get a chance ,take a ride to the northeast side of Indian Lake and try a Tilton Hilton hamburger and wash it down with an ice cold beer! You definitely won't be disappointed!

Tuesday's Words of Wisdom

The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government - Thomas Paine

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

I just wanted to say thank you to all of our military men and women who have, and currently serve in the greatest military in the world. May God Bless You All and keep you safe! Without you, I would not be allowed the freedoms I have today!

Thirsty Thursday!


Ya'll remember when we were kids and we use to stand up against the back door or against the wall in the garage and have someone take a pencil or pen and mark how tall we were and mark the date down on the wall?......Well as we grow older and older just the opposite happens! Kinda of funny how we all couldn't wait to get taller and now wish things were tighter and smaller!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Grim Cycle's Salvage

I got to searching different blogs when I ran across Grim Cycle Salvage in Orem, Utah. This guy, Sean ,can definitely fabricate! One of the coolest fabrications is one he did for a restaurant near his shop. Apparently, the owner of the restaurant wanted a motorcycle busting through a wall.
The owner contacted Sean and he put his artistic skills to work. Sean's shop, Grim Cycle Salvage did all the work on the bike. They took an old bike Grim's had sitting out back the shop and removed the motor,built a new front have of a frame, removed the internal parts of the engine and painted and power coated the frame, tank wheels etc.
Take a few minutes and check out Grim Cycle Salvage's blog or their website. It's cool!
 Here's the links........
Note: used with permission from Grim Cycle Salvage LLC

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

PETA vs. Bikers

My sister Dar sent me this in an email....These PETA people are soooo stupid!!

What a wonderful coming together of two diverse groups! We need more gatherings where the idiot activists are given warm, moist, aromatic welcomes like this one. This is why PETA usually protests women wearing fur rather than bikers wearing leather. Sounds to me like the old saying, ‘you mess with the bull, and you get the horns.’ Gee, I guess these characters thought that Bikers where going to be politically correct like the rest of the wimpy world. HERE'S HOW POLICE FOUND ONE OF THEM.

Johnstown, PA (GlossyNews) - Local and state police scoured the hills outside rural Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after reports of three animal rights activists going missing after attempting to protest the wearing of leather at a large motorcycle gang rally this weekend. Two others, previously reported missing, were discovered by fast food workers "duct taped inside fast-food restaurant dumpsters,” according to police officials.......
‘Something just went wrong’ said a still visibly shaken organizer of the protest. ‘Something just went horribly, horribly, wrong.’ The organizer said a group of concerned animal rights activist groups, "growing tired of throwing fake blood and shouting profanities at older women wearing leather or fur coats," decided to protest the annual motorcycle club event "in a hope to show them our outrage at their wanton use of leather in their clothing and motor bike seats." "In fact," said the organizer, "motorcycle gangs are one of the biggest abusers of wearing leather, and we decided it was high time that we let them know that we disagree with them using it. ergo, they should stop."

According to witnesses, protesters arrived at the event in a vintage 1960's era Volkswagen van and began to pelt the gang members with balloons filled with red colored water, simulating blood, and shouting "you're murderers" to passers by. This, evidently, is when the brouhaha began.

"They peed on me!!!" charged one activist. "They grabbed me, said I looked like I was French, started calling me 'La Trene' and duct taped me to a tree so they could pee on me all day!"

Still others claimed they were forced to eat hamburgers and hot dogs under duress. Those who resisted were allegedly held down while several bikers "farted on their heads."

Police officials declined comments on any leads or arrests due to the ongoing nature of the investigation; however, organizers for the motorcycle club rally expressed "surprise" at the allegations.

"That's preposterous" said one high-ranking member of the biker organizing committee. "We were having a party, and these people showed up and were very rude to us. They threw things at us, called us names, and tried to ruin the entire event. So, what did we do? We invited them to the party! What could be friendlier than that? You know, just because we are all members of motorcycle clubs does not mean we do not care about inclusiveness. Personally, I think it shows a lack of character for them to be saying such nasty things about us after we bent over backwards to make them feel welcome."

When confronted with the allegations of force-feeding the activist's meat, using them as ad hoc latrines, leaving them incapacitated in fast food restaurant dumpsters, and 'farting on their heads,' the organizer declined to comment in detail. "That's just our secret handshake," assured the organizer.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Some of ya know that my son, Cody, is a Corporal in the U.S Marine Corp. He has been stationed at Camp Lejune, NC for about a year and a half. Well, he recently got his papers to deploy and on October 30th he was on a plane to Afghanistan.
Cody called us from Belgium on Sunday morning letting us know he made it across the pond safe and sound. He said in a few more hours he would be on base and ready for "business".
I ask that you take a few minutes today and pray for his safety, as well as for the safety and well being of all of our men and women in the military.
They ask for nothing but deserve everything! God bless them all!!!!