Monday, November 24, 2008
And the editor of a certain motorcycle magazine got ahold of this bike and brought it down to them to do a " sympathetic restoration " , meaning it will be very carefully taken apart and then put back together again not changing the outward look or patina of the machine at all . It will basically look like it was never opened up , to remain a time capsule of sorts .
The reason that this fairly unassuming looking bike is being taken such good care of is because it has a pedigree of sorts , it was built and painted by Kenneth Howard himself , in the mid 50's . The owner of the bike has a smaller peanut tank that came with the bike & had a matching paint job & stripes that was signed " Von Dutch " , but on this larger tank there was no such markings . It was obvious to the new owner that they were both painted by the same guy which makes this bike a little piece of motor history .
This bike is amazing in it's simple awkwardness and lack of any kind of " style " or flow . . . it is just a fun street bike built to ride off curbs and slide around corners . . . take notes , because this is one of a kind and I got to see it up close and personal .
Anyhow , I had to run down there and take some pictures before it came all apart . . . enjoy !
Monday, November 17, 2008
There's this cool spot about 15 minutes north of Julian and some pretty nice twisties on the way up there . They have these neat adobe houses that you can stay in so it's only just barley " camping " but there's a lot of great hiking and walking around and a huge pool where the spring water ends up after it cools off in that big basin you see above .
It comes right out of the ground at around 140 degrees and it's about 120 degrees & cooling in the natural holding pool . By the time it gets to the actual swimming pool , it's about 105 / 110 . The only thing about it is that the whole place smells like sulfur .
Kind of stinky , but otherwise beautiful .
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I made a bunch of these for my friends after seeing an image that Max Schaaf posted on his blog a while back . Everyone seems to dig this little monster and if you're old enough like me you remember him from your childhood . After I gave them all out I had a few left over . Guess I didn't have as many friends as I thought . . . story of my life !
He's a little different from the original one flipping the bird , this one's kind of PG-13 . I don't know if Max redrew it himself , or it was already redrawn like this but I redrew it one more time and cleaned it up a little and here it is for you to have .
$15 each , shipped .
Just leave a comment with how many & what size & I'll get back to you with my paypal info .
First come first served and I don't have a lot so get one for yourself and one for someone for Christmas & make a new friend !
***update*** each weeks shirts will be shipped on friday