Old School Chopper Built with Today’s Resources and Time-Honored Work Ethic
By Bandit with photos by Peter Linney
Micah owned Micah McCloskey’s Custom Motorcycles on Sherman Way in the San Fernando Valley for 34 years, from ’79-‘13. Before that he worked at the same shop for Joe Scarber and before that for Gary Bang, before Gary became a major distributor of custom motorcycle parts. He’s an active member of the Ugly MC and the pilot for our 5-Ball Racing Team Salt Torpedo effort for Bonneville this year.
It’s coming very soon to the Bikernet Headquarters, our first very cool leather jacket in a special leather. It comes with gun pockets, full zip-able hoodie with thumbholes and terrific fit and styling.
We are also making full sleeve Jak shirts in a slightly lighter leather with full collar and button-down snaps to prevent flapping.
5-Ball Racing Garage provides Riding Gear for cruiser, chopper and bobber riders. Keith “Bandit” Ball, Bikernet.com President, and Bob Kay, Biker Pros Partner, designed a line of Genuine Riding Apparel™ for motorcycle riders.
Santa Claus finds joy and contentment in modern society with a Harley, Faith, Hope and Charity.
All right! Something to do this weekend and it involves riding my hog to L.A., I could guarantee the tug-o-war victory – just wrap the rope around me – they would need a cavalry to drag me. I stuffed a backpack with essentials and went to my garage to dust off my 20 year-old H-D.
Checking everything on the two-wheels I locked up the house and kicked the beast. Difficult even to lift my leg to kick-start with my belly bothering us – he has to push himself into everything. I parked on the side-stand and stood to my 6’2” height. I held the throttle with two fingers and kicked, the hog roared to life. Sitting on it now I paced onto the street to its beat – good vibrations – ’70s charm seemed to be feeding itself into me.
George Orwell introduced the world to the idea of Big Brother, doublethink, and newspeak in his celebrated and prophetic novel ‘1984’.
A divided America has the world at panic with everyone and their pet dog uncertain about the future of the promised land of USA. But what does this bold new future mean to us bikers with our nomad lifestyle and love of everything that is good and pure. We were once bracketed with hippies and freethinkers. Now we are labelled as patch wearing misfit outlaws and one-percenters.
Well, a brief and graphic illustration of this dystopian future is available in 2000 novel by Keith Randall Ball titled Sam ‘Orwell’ Chopper in reference to George Orwell’s classic masterpiece ‘1984’.
These 3 Paughco Mustang tanks are fabricated with a low tunnel for a distinctive Old School Chopper look that’s perfect for contemporary customs with stretched top tubes. Available in 3 capacities, the tanks feature a stock style screw in filler and vent. Petcock fittings on the left side are 22mm externally threaded and accept OEM and aftermarket petcocks. Each tank comes with threaded hose line fitting for the vent line. All 3 models, the 850A 4.2 gallon, 850B 4 gallon and 850 4.5 gallon sell for $311.95. As fitments vary widely make sure you check out the detailed dimension chart at www.paughco.com or call direct to 775-246-5738.
When Don La Rosa first set out designing a two-up seat for Sportsters, he decided that it needed to be comfortable, look good, have style, easy to install and fit as many models as possible. What he came up with was the La Linea Café Seat.
These full size café style seats have been to designed to fit all 2004 and up Sportster models regardless of the tank size with the exception of the XR 1200’s. To achieve this broad fitment, Don La Rosa began by designing a seat pan to fit the rubber mounted frame that was introduced in 2004. He then modified it to accommodate the MotorCompany’s relocation of the ECU that was introduced on all Sportsters in 2010. Finally Don created two different seat profiles; the La Linea which translates to the “The Line” and the La Linea Sottile which translates to the “The Thin Line”.
All La Linea seats uses a fiberglass seat-base and steel hardware for strength and stability. Comfort comes from using the finest high-density foam. The eye catching style and durability is provided by a top quality marine grade vinyl cover. These seats are available with a Plain Black finish or with a Tuk N Roll, Diamond Tuk, or Flame pattern sewn into them. In addition when selecting one of the pattern seats consumers have their option of thread colors to pick from. The best part of all is the MSRP is an affordable $299.
For more information on these products call La Rosa Design at 510-567-4157; E-mail them at Info@LaRosaDesign.us or visit www.LaRosaDesign.us
MRF.org discuss with us the legislation on auto-cycles and trikes being bunched together with motorcycles. How this affects the motorcycle industry and motorcycle riders is very important. Trike riders need to know their liability. They need to get benefits as per their vehicles and not as per short-sighted Senator short-cuts to corporate sales.
Raymond Hamilton is back with bizarre, actual laws in the States on kinky sex. Beware, Big Brother is peeking into your bedroom. The Bad Joke Library ventures into worse. You have been warned. Trikes University is now open for admission at Trikes.bikernet.com and a short course material is posted in the Weekly News there.
Tours of scenic landscapes and wildlife reserves on Trikes is catching on in South Africa, Australia and USA. We have just a small dose for you in the Trikes Weekly News. We want to get the dirt on Trike Touring industry and the unique opportunities and experiences it offers to tourists. Expect a full-length feature on that soon.
Orange County Choppers’ home is coming up for auction. The 61,305 square feet building was ordered by OCC back in 2008 and cost $12 million. It was a time of plenty, at the height of the expensive chopper rage and when OCC’s reality television program was enjoying a great deal of interest. Time has passed since then, and OCC fell on hard times, as many hard-working people and companies in the U.S. and over the world have. OCC lost control of the property in 2011 after failing to pay the mortgage. They are now tenants and recently signed a 10-year lease renting out about 60 percent of the building.
The property at 14 Crossroads Court in Newburgh, New York, is slated for auction on March 7 and bidding will starts at $900,000.
“Power,” not unlike a sheet of Bounty paper towels, “is disposable,” the artist Will Ryman told me over the phone earlier this week. Known for addressing politics through material metaphors, the artist has used this analysis as the basis for Freedom (2014), a sculpture recently unveiled in a quiet corner of the Shelborne Hotel bar.
Commissioned by hotel owners and art collectors Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos, Freedom (2014) recreates the iconic pressed-steel forms of a Harley Davidson, down to the chain, gas cap, and texture of the leather seat, almost entirely in Bounty paper towels—approximately 20 rolls or so, fortified with resin and glue. Continue reading.