Cycle Source Features Blog - July 2011

 
f2-large "Vintage Torquefest"
Mid-West Bad Ass In Full Swing.

Article By: Chris Callen
Photos By: Chris Callen And Mike


About six months ago, this cat starts coming around and telling us about this rockin’ event in Iowa. Okay, not to be a smartass but until recently, I always thought of Iowa as one of those states that I had to get thru to make it to Sturgis. His handle is "Cycle Nazi" so I figured he was probably as hard as they come and we decided to trust him and check it out. We started to ask around and before too long, it was time to head out to Vintage TorqueFest.

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"Paul Cox Industries"
Shop Hoppin' With The Cycle Source

Article By: Milwaukee Mike
Photos By: Chris Callen And Mike 


It was a rainy day in Brooklyn at the end of April when Wildman, Iliya and I went on a crazy ride in Iliya’s death black, speed machine truck; our destination, Paul Cox Industries. Paul has set up shop in a very unassuming little place on a side street in the heart of Brooklyn. It is a big change of pace from the way things were when he worked at Indian Larry’s. Paul says that now it is a lot easier to concentrate on what he’s doing. He’s able to set daily goals on what needs to be done and accomplish those goals without the constant interruptions that go with being in a multi-person shop.

It had been a while since I’ve seen Paul. Catching up with him in his home space instead of at a busy show afforded me the chance to have a great conversation with this very versatile artist who has been anything but bored since he went out on his own. Every corner of his shop has something to catch the eye and make you realize that he can make incredible pieces out of just about any material he puts his hands on.


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Setting Up The Source Garage At Home
 
Article And Photos By: Chris Callen

For those of you that know me or have been to CS World HQ, such as it is, you know I have a decent little garage going on. I’ve had this thing built for the last five years but have always been so damn busy with the magazine that I haven’t had much time to get it set up as a proper shop. Well, with my boy Keith getting back into riding, I’ve been given the proper motivation to get my poop in a group and we started by putting a furnace and a better compressor in. All the while, I couldn’t help but think that this was an excellent opportunity to share some of the stuff we have encountered, especially the mistakes we’ve made, in the process of setting up the Source garage. For the most part, we had a bunch of the basic tools and some work benches. Thanks to Handy Lifts we had a good bike table, and we started working on Keith’s ’95 Road King. As it was from Florida, this thing was in shit shape and needed some love
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Baker 7 Speed Install
"Part 1"

Article By: Joe Trozzo
Photos By: Chris Callen
 

When I first heard of the Baker DD7, I was like most of the others out there and said, ‘Why would someone add another gear? Wasn’t 6 enough?’ Well, I’m not like the others so I had to find out why. I got to speak with Bert Baker about this and was told it is all about gear ratio. Gear ratio, I thought, now there is something people don’t think about. Bert developed this, but not just to simply add another gear. He wanted you to get the most out of all your gears and by doing this, he found he could slide another gear in and tighten all the gear ratios up. What does this mean? It means you don’t need to shift as much because you’re always in a good power band. People wonder why 7th is not an overdrive? Overdrive is great on the open highway, especially flat land, but I don’t care much for it here in Pennsylvania. Direct drive is a
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"The Speed King Rules"
Jeff Cochran's '58 Pan

Photos By Speedking'
Article By Paul Wideman www.bareknucklechoppers.com 


I guess I write from a little different perspective than most writers in the motorcycle publication biz for two reasons. The first being I have no real training and no journalistic background. The second is that I make my living in the business about which I write. This, I feel, gives me a little different insight when writing about feature bikes and their builders. I can get a little more into the nuts and bolts of a bike, pointing out what others may not have noticed, and asking the builder questions more focused on the build, rather than on style or personal history. While I am very narrow on what I prefer to build, I can see the beauty in any motorcycle, when said scooter is done the right way. Anything from a one-off hill climber to an all-out show bike to cut down café bikes; I appreciate craftsmanship and attention to detail. And what really gets me off is 
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