Friday, August 31
Thursday, August 30
Lars' Knuck is coming to you soon in GKM, courtesy of our Swedish correspondent Ulf Forsberg.
Wednesday, August 29
So, the world's best two old Harley/chopper shows are on the same date again next year.
Sunny United Kingdom
Either way, all your two-wheeled dreams will be fulfilled.
As Joe Strummer said, "After all this, won't you give me a smile?".
Monday, August 27
Twin Amals with a homemade manifold; stroked engine; lightened, polished and ported top end. All mods were was done in the family garage. This thing will do 86mph... 100mph very soon with more tweaking.
No, this motorcycle does not wear vintage style tyres. For one very good reason: it's properly quick.
Great bloke, great bike... coming soon in GKM.
Saturday, August 25
It won an award at our Linkert Attacks bash last year, and I'm looking forward to getting a closer look at it. Just hope the rain lays off long enough to snap a few photos.
Friday, August 24
The upside? I regularly get to take my children out for a leisurely lunch when everyone else is rat-racing.
I won't ever regret spending so much time with them.
I will never forget the spectacle of these guys rolling in to Born Free 2... they are actually living the life everyone else seems to be mimicking at the moment. Ex-marines, real bikers... focused on the core values of what being a motorcycle club is all about.
Check out their blog for tales from Jonathan's trip and if you're near Sonora, CA at the end of next month... hit the swap meet!
Thursday, August 23
I bought this at WH Smith before I had ever even sat on a motorcycle, and consequently these are the images that sprang to my young mind when anyone mentioned bikes or bikers.
We weren't allowed bikes because my mum worked in the local hospital and used to warn us about the motorcyclists brought in with their brains sloshing around inside their helmets, but luckily my best friends were allowed them, so my youth was spent on borrowed Puch Maxis, FS1Es, KH250s and even an 'acquired' Honda C90 (my first police caution).
But all I ever thought about was how much I wanted to look like James Dean and ride a proper bike.
Wednesday, August 22
Trip Out. And because it's an English show, we hooked up with top UK helmet dudes Davida to bring you – or at the least the Bike Show winner and runner-up – these luscious lids.
They are absolute things of beauty, and as always with GKM prizes I don't actually want to give 'em away. At all!
There will also be a trophy for the top bike, which will totally trip out the winner! Stay tuned... and buy your tickets if you haven't already!
Tuesday, August 21
It has its own little castle. Very cool.
In fact, our local countryside is dotted with castles, ruins, follies, historic houses and oddities. You are more likely to come across a ruined abbey than a petrol station around here. Check Pete's blog if you don't believe me.
Anyway, I got the chest home and discovered it wouldn't fit through any of the doors in our house.
Monday, August 20
Sunday, August 19
I live on a different continent, do a different job, live in the middle of the countryside instead of on the beach and now have kids.
I do, however, still have a Panhead.
Missing Australia at the moment.
Saturday, August 18
There's nothing Marc (better known as Knukkel) likes more than getting right in amongst sweaty Germans inside a party tent (he's the one at the bottom of the Bottrop shot.) That, and building top-notch motorcycles.
You may remember his Panhead on this very blog a couple of years ago at the beginning of its metamorphosis. Check out the little film, above, of Marc breaking the Pan in; it's a taster of the great feature coming in GKM very soon.
Friday, August 17
If you're interested, you'll know the specs by now.
I can deliver, within reason. Buyers in Europe are welcome.
I want around £15k or will take a p/x (bike/WHY) with the vast majority of cash my way. I've seen some comments about it being expensive: grow up... try building or importing something like this for the money I'm asking. It's had major (and tasteful) chassis and body modifications. And what I'm asking covers just the cost of getting it here, on the road, and sorting out some minor niggles with it.
Recent MOT and (free) tax. I've driven it up and down the country with no issues. I am selling because I have to pay the taxman and I don't have a garage big enough for it (and winter is peeping from around the corner).
If you are interested or know someone who might be please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, August 16
The delay has been trying to get two of SoCal's busiest people to align their schedules: but finally Mark from Joyrides managed to hook up with the man from Hippy Killer and we'll bring you the glorious results in the next issue.
Monday, August 13
Undaunted, Phil decided this weekend to drive the car down to Kent from Hartlepool where it had been gently rusting in a lock-up (long story). Accompanied by Pat, he was due to call in on his way south mid-morning.
So when I got a text at lunchtime asking me to source a coil for a '64 MGB, I wasn't surprised.
Long story short, they eventually turned up at my place and promptly got pinched by our local copper for no tax disc. Funny how they're never around at midnight when there's a fight going on outside your house, eh?
Then I rode with them into town to pick up the coil I'd sorted out. But their problem turned out to be the condenser.
The MGB has been hinting all along, and Phil's now taking it. He's getting a valuation on the car this week.
Saturday, August 11
Richard Millard built my Panhead engine, and it is running like a top. After all the stress of getting it done, it really is making all that money and time seem worthwhile now it's truly being put to the test (and now I have heard more horror stories from other H-D owners about certain other UK shops). Rich runs Skull Chopa (I hope they change that name!) with partner Ian in the countryside near Lincoln. They are building some nice machines (their latest Pan is above.) Check out their blog.