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Triumph Thunderbird Custom by Von Dutch

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1958 Triumph Thunderbird Custom by Von Dutch

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A young man in Los Angeles named Ken Howard began tinkering with his Indian Scout around 1946. Removing the shapely Indian fuel and oil tanks, he installed a smaller gas tank, a simple oil tank. He added upswept exhausts and taller handlebars atop risers. Employing one of his best skills, he painted and pin-striped the fuel tank. The story goes that he street raced it, crashed it, reworked it over and over, making it his own.

Liking what they saw, Von Dutch did similar types of custom modifications to his friends’ bikes as well. There may have been others detailing what came to be known as bob-jobs that way in 1946. Some car builders were likely an influence, but evidence points to Howard, aka Von Dutch, as a spark for a revolution in motorcycle style. And we are still living with the impact and inspiration of his work. Luckily, many machines he painted decades ago retain his paint work and fabrications.

This 1958 Triumph Thunderbird is typical of Von Dutch’s work for customers in the 1950’s and 1960’s. It was created when he worked with the famed Bud Ekins to build modified motorcycles in the Los Angeles area. The leather Bates saddle with pillion pad is typical as are the small tank and narrow rear fender with sculpted custom tail light. The fork is stripped of most lugs, chrome plated and a perch style headlight bracket is used letting the headlight float. Where some would go to a spool hub, Von Dutch ran with racers who knew the value of a front brake so the stock unit, polished, remains. Upswept pipes make the bike light, sleek in appearance as do the low bars. The polished engine cases with a few custom bits is on full display beneath the small tank. A few parts are drilled for lightness.

Some refer to this paint job as “scalloped,” others call it a “seaweed” design. The paint is likely nitro cellulose lacquer and has therefore dulled a bit over the decades. Either way it’s quite understated and nothing like many typical red, orange and yellow flame jobs on black that soon followed. The reversing green/blue metallic scheme is timeless.

While Von Dutch focused more on customs and bobbers than choppers, his style influenced generations of customizers of all types, still does today. And you could say he’s one who opened the door to the style that evolved into the less functional, more outrageous chopper in the 1960s.

This Von Dutch Triumph is largely original, never restored and is part of the Jill & John Parham Collection. You can enjoy the Von Dutch Triumph, other Von Dutch creations and many other custom bikes from all eras when you visit the National Motorcycle Museum before it closes its doors in early September.

Specifications:

  • Engine: OHV Parallel Twin, Non-Unit
  • Bore & Stroke: 71mm x 82mm
  • Displacement: 649cc / 30.5 Cubic Inches
  • Induction: Amal Monobloc Carburetor
  • Compression Ratio: 8.5:1
  • Clutch: Multi-Plate
  • Starting: Kick Only
  • Horsepower: 34HP, Stock
  • Transmission: 4-Speed, Foot Shift
  • Primary: Roller Chain
  • Final Drive: Roller Chain
  • Frame: Lugged Steel, Single Down Tube
  • Suspension: Hydraulic Fork / Twin Shocks, Swingarm
  • Wheels: 19” Front, 19” Rear
  • Brakes: Drum, Front & Rear
  • Wheelbase: 56 Inches
  • Top Speed: Approximately 95
  • Weight: 310 Pounds

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Suede Palace is better than ever

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Grand National Roadster Show

The Grand Daddy of Them All

Some of the coolest vehicles around are in the Suede Palace at the 2023 O’Reilly Auto Parts Grand National Roadster Show!

Sponsored by “Rod and Style” as well as “Speed and Kulture”

Great Entertainment All Weekend!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE GRAND NATIONAL ROADSTER SHOW

Vehicles Competing for prestigious awards like America’s Most Beautiful Roadster and the Al Slonaker Memorial Award

Plus, hundreds of vendors, entertainers and food options

So join us at Fairplex in Pomona this February!

SHOW HOURS

FRIDAY FEB 3
12 PM – 8 PM

SATURDAY  FEB 4
10 AM – 8 PM

SUNDAY FEB 5
10 AM – 6 PM

About Rod Shows : Based in the automotive cultural hub of Southern California, Rod Shows produces the West Coast’s premier indoor hot rod and custom shows including the Grand National Roadster Show and the Sacramento Autorama. Its professional show management team sets the highest standards for top quality competition and displays with every show and personally visit the country’s top automotive coachbuilders and events throughout the year, ensuring the Best of the Best participate in its events. For more information, visit www.rodshows.com.

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The Punishment Bikernet Weekly News for January 26, 2023

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Riding Free since 1996

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We sold out of my second book “OUTLAW JUSTICE.” I’m in the process of having it set up on Kindle, so I can print more. But I do have some posters of the cover art by Eric Herrmann. The next two-year Cantina Member gets a poster as part of his or hers bling package.

The poster is signed by me and Eric.

In the meantime, keep building oily motorcycles and riding free.

–Bandit

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes for January 2023

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Industry & Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

This Month’s Edition covers:

  • HARLEY-DAVIDSON GOING ALL-ELECTRIC
  • WYOMING LAWMAKERS PROPOSE BAN ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES
  • STURGIS CHARITABLE DONATIONS SURPASS $2 MILLION
  • LEGENDARY MOTORCYCLE DAREDEVIL ROBBIE KNIEVEL — R.I.P.
  • U.S. HOUSE JOINS SENATE IN OPPOSING MOTORCYCLIST PROFILING
  • NHTSA CHALLENGED ON ANTI-MOTORCYCLIST PROFILING
  • SAVE THE PATCH: MONGOLS M/C KEEP THEIR TRADEMARK LOGO
  • UGANDA TO GIVE RIDERS A FREE ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE
  • 2023 NCOM CONVENTION IN PHOENIX — MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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Vance & Hines Launches New Limited Production Handmade Stainless Steel Air Intake

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Vance & Hines Launches New Limited Production Handmade 90-Degree Stainless Steel Air Intake, Inspired by Popularity of Custom, Performance Baggers

Santa Fe Springs CA – January 19, 2023 – Vance & Hines today announced the VO2 Falcon Stainless, a limited production, hand-welded, 90-degree stainless steel air intake, inspired by the handmade exhaust systems that are common on the top professional and street race bikes. The intake fits all Milwaukee 8-powered Harley-Davidson motorcycles from 117ci motors down to 107ci, except those with fairing lowers.

The VO2 Falcon Stainless is manufactured by Vance & Hines welders in Santa Fe Springs using high grade, 304 stainless steel tube and is hand TIG welded from pie-cut segments. The process yields a striking array of color and pairs perfectly with a stainless steel 2-1 exhaust system, like the Vance & Hines Hi-Output RR. The system includes a precision CNC-machined, billet aluminum winged mounting plate and an integrated breather assembly. It features the same slant-nosed, high volume oil-media air filter that is used across the VO2 Falcon Lineup.

“High performance baggers, inspired by King of the Baggers and BRL, are the hottest Harley customizing trend around the world,” said Mike Kennedy, president of Vance & Hines. ” This new limited-production product not only delivers great air flow, but is the finishing touch to a great looking, go-fast bagger.”

Refer: www.vanceandhines.com

The VO2 Falcon Stainless retails for $749.99 and will be available in February 2023.

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NHRA and White Alligator Racing

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Telling the Trick-Tools Story with NHRA and White Alligator Racing

Iowa-based metal fabrication tool specialists Trick-Tools is looking to NHRA, Pro Stock Motorcycle, White Alligator Racing (WAR), and rookie rider Chase Van Sant to spread the word about their business.

“We are super-excited to race the 2023 season with Trick-Tools wrapped around a WAR Suzuki body,” said Trick-Tools owner Bruce Van Sant—Chase’s father and a former racer himself. Bruce used to race a nitrous-huffing Pro Mod Bike and can still be found racing 4.60 index and a no-bar Hayabusa.

“Chase is my son, but in reality, racing has always been at the heart of Trick-Tools. We founded this company 25 years ago to help fund our own racing efforts, as well as provide solutions for fabricators and builders to make a better product, more efficiently.

“NHRA racers, crew, and fans are a perfect sampling of our core customers. And although we have steadily built a good name in the industry, we can’t wait to see what the extra exposure will do to get the word out about the equipment we offer.”

With team owner Jerry Savoie stepping away from racing full-time, WAR is embarking on a whole new era. Having Chase as a rider and Trick-Tools as a primary sponsor will help define the new face of WAR.

“Our team has really started to take shape for the 2023 season,” said WAR tuner and team manager Tim Kulungian. “A year ago, Bruce and I had a conversation at PRI that started this, and we are all thankful for this relationship and excited to take the next step.

“The seed of the Trick-Tools company was a need in industry. They listen to the folks in the shop making parts, and provide solutions. We know from our experience at the track and the shop that long-lasting tools are the best value in the long run.

“Chase has done a remarkable job in testing. His involvement last year on and off the track has helped build a foundation moving into 2023. Crewman Keith Nichols and Chase worked well in ’22, and Keith will be the lead tech on the Trick-Tools bike.”

“Racing Pro-Stock Motorcycle has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, so to have the opportunity with a team that is as high of caliber as WAR is more than I could have ever hope for,” said Chase.

“I’m also thankful to get to do the whole thing with my dad, and Trick-Tools as my sponsor for the season. It’s one thing to get to race in the NHRA, but I think it’s a lot more special that my dad and I get to do it together.

“I can’t thank Tim Kulungian and Jerry Savoie enough for the opportunity to ride one of their bikes. The whole WAR team is such a great group of guys and I think it’s a really good fit for us. I had a great time working with them this past season and I think that time is going to be really valuable for next year. I definitely don’t feel like I’m jumping in blind as much.

“It’s still pretty surreal to me that I have this opportunity, but I’m looking forward to making the best of it and trying my hand against the best in the business!”

“It’s kind of been a been a long journey to enter the Pro Stock ranks for me personally, but Chase has had his sights set on it for quite some time,” added Bruce. “Over the last year, we’ve made a lot of progress, Chase got his license, and couldn’t really ask for a better situation. I feel like we’re in a relationship with a great team and some good guys that are going to put us in the best possible position for success.”

Trick-Tools.com is home of the world’s largest selection of hardcore metal fabrication tools. They offer long-lasting equipment that is hand selected from over 100 of the top manufacturers around the world, with over 50% made in the USA. Whether you are a professional or hobbyist, Trick-Tools exists to help you to choose the best option for your shop and will back it all up with their No Junk Guarantee.

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