Pete and Laz

Pete and Laz
Yeah, Pete it's rough...but it's a runner.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Day before Halloween...

These are pics from last weekend...
A nice group of different make bikes parked out front of the local caffiene stop in Sacramento. 

Dennis in the blue shirt owns the BMW. Mike with the black jacket owns the Harley FatBoy. The tall gent in brown owns the Honda 550.

Here Is a shot of the Fatboy

This pic doesn't catch the way the eyes glow in the sun. This is a factory custom paint job.

Might be purchasing a new computer this replace my old cantankerous machine. Been posting with the phone...which is tedious. Heading down to Monterey area tomorrow... might snow at Tahoe this time catching up with the upcoming 'Desert ride.' 

Probably going to buy the 'heavy duty ' trailer with 12 inch wheels to carry my dirtbike to LosAngelos with.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sidecarcanoes, step one...acquire a canoe.

Years ago a friend and I had bikes with sidecars...actually we still have them...they just haven't been in use for awhile. Ahem...truth be told between us there are about a dozen of the things...a couple are missing bodies. So...we used to sit around drinking coffee, and design 'Saloon' camping bodies and 'boat' bodies...on napkins...and occasionally in a sketch book.

Recently when 'The Vintagent' posted some pictures of old canoe carrying rigs, and started expressing a desire to build one , it got me thinking about building one. The canoe I bought from a friend for 15 dollars. He found it submerged at a river marina he was working at. Apparently abandoned, his boss let him take it. After cleaning a few years worth of algae is now seaworthy once more..

I have a nice suspended British made sidecar frame...that was 'relieved' of it's beautiful cigar shaped body ( a few years back there was a rash of sidecar body thefts...which still make no sense). they say...the race is on...who will concoct a sidecarcanoe first? To be continued....

Speaking of 'The Vintagent' , here are a couple of screenshots from Paul's Instagram of the aforementioned Sidecarcanoes. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

what do you mean my rig handles a little squirrelly ?

Probably have posted this, a repost of a post of a pic from an old sketch book of mine. A friend of mine added the squirrel. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

what's canoe with you...?

Not a sidecar...but a motorcycle towed trailer, with a canoe. This 
is from a 2013 'Kneeslider' article about a 1930's 'Popular Science' article about this rig by a German inventor.

This canoe equipped Sportbike originally was 

in 'The Woodenboat forum'. General consensus is that it is photoshopped.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Marginal ballpoint thinking...

Was hanging out at a McD's today...thinking about a post ' The Vintagent ' had at facebook expressing a wish to have a sidecarbike with a as to carry camping gear and all the equipment he uses for doing wet plate photography. On a placemat with a ball point pen I doodled up a 'saloon sidecar' rig with a canoe... the race is on to see who comes up with a canoe carrying rig first.