Cycle Source Features Blog - June 2011

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Killin' Hippies Dead In Winchester.

Article By: Lisa Ballard  Photos By: Bart Mitchel

It took Kutty N o t e b o o m and me seven months to plan the third Hippy Killer Hoedown. We both have new found admiration for event promoters; their job is hard. There was a lot on the line this year because by the third time of anything, it’s either just okay or really good. We strived for the best and I believe we succeeded. The Hippy Killer Hoedown was held once again at the Wild West Arena in Winchester, CA on April 16th. Kutty wanted to keep a lot of last year’s successes and added a few more surprises. We divided up the list: Kutty focused on the bands, timing and parking and I would take care of the gates, vendors and the day’s schedule. The gates opened at eight a.m. for the custom cars and motorcycles to pull in for the chance to win a one-off trophy. Thirty-four vendors were setting up and the sound guys were fine tuning the stage for the eight bands. My checklist started to dwindle and we had officially opened the main gate. For the next ten hours we welcomed well over 2,500 people to the party. One of our personal achievements was to beat last year’s numbers and we did just that.

"Modifying A Stock Exhaust For Custom Results"

Article By: Tyler Malinky 

You can use a stock or aftermarket exhaust as a starting point for a custom exhaust, instead of piecing one together totally from scratch. What follows is a late-night account of how I did just that to customize the exhaust on my ‘59 Panhead chopper. I started with a set of Paughco sideby- side header pipes, some bends out of a Biltwell, Inc. Builder Exhaust Kit, and some pieces of Ripple Pipe with bell ends from my friends Grant and Harpoon at FMA. The first step is to figure out exactly how you want your exhaust pipes to look. For me this involved staring at the bike for far too long, then I just decided to start doing it and figured it would turn out how I wanted it in the end. The front pipe (lower) was pretty straightforward, and I was into the fab work and didn’t take photos of that, however the process is exactly the same as what follows.

Geno Hits The Road To Get
"The History Of Jack Daniels"

Article And Photos By: Geno Stull

When the words "Gimme a Jack" ring around the world, few know the story behind the brand they’re enjoying, or the man who molded it. As a boy, his relatives were fighting in the war, while he worked producing whiskey with a Lutheran minister. What Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel did for Lynchburg, Tennessee will never be forgotten. Jack would leave home at an early age, being raised by a family friend. The young man had shown his ability to learn quickly and soon was helping the Reverend, owner of the local grocery store that also operated a whiskey still. Jack would later acquire the still at age 13, devoting everything to evolving his business. Eventually, he was able to hire a few guys to help out. As a couple of years passed, Jack found a piece of land in Lynchburg that included a limestone cave and spring. It would be the pure spring water that would become a very vital asset to his operation.

Throttle Junkie Tech
"Trimming Your Mill"

Article and Photos By: Paul Wideman

 In past articles you have seen us use our Bridgeport mill a ton of times. The Bridgeport and other similar knee mills can be a very valuable asset to any home or professional shop. But this isn’t your grandpappy’s drill press. A mill needs constant attention, maintenance, and trimming. Aside from lubricating all of the Zerk fittings and oiling the necessary locations, your mill should be trimmed in on a regular basis. Most machine shops require a machine to be checked out at the beginning of each shift. This may be a little more than necessary for the average home garage or smaller bike shop, but we trim ours in every couple days, depending on the amount of use it sees. We also clean and oil daily. There are numerous places to find a proper schedule for maintenance and cleaning. Here I will focus on trimming in the head and vise.

"The American Dream"
Did Someone Say That You Have To Be A Well Known Builder To Get In A National Magazine? How About On A Cover???

Article By: Milwaukee Mike Photos By: Chris Callen 

Do you think that the American Dream is dead or dying? If you do, boy have I got news for you. I don’t know how many of you have heard that naturalized citizens of the US have more pride and knowledge of our great country than most of its original citizens, but in some cases, that’s the truth. Meet Iliya Hamovic, a friend of mine who now lives in NYC. He came to the US in 1999 with thoughts of being a musician. The war in Croatia was over and there wasn’t much for a drummer of his caliber to do so he headed to the five boroughs to make a living as a musician. As life sometimes has a way of handing you lemons, Iliya decided it was time to make some lemonade. That meant packing up his whole world into one suitcase, and with eight-hundred dollars to his name, he ventured to “The Big Apple.” Upon arriving, the first thing he needed was a job. He got a much needed break in that he scored his dream gig on the first try out. Well, he did have a pretty cool advantage. When he was drumming in the old country, he could not get the sounds that he wanted out of mass produced drums so he started making his own.

Throttle Junkie Tech

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