Cycle Source Features Blog - October 2011

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The Best Of Show Winner In Sturgis

In the life of a bike builder, there comes a time where just doing another solid, custom bike becomes monotonous. As their skill level and style evolve, they come to a point in the road where they can take one path or the other. The one road provides a good living with a much easier pace where the name and brand recognition can provide for years of making a living doing the good work they have become known for. The other is a much more rare commodity that pushes the creative soul to strive for more, to become an artisan, to be equal with the other great men and women before them. Such is the case with Paul Wideman of Bare Knuckle Choppers and the bike you see before you. I’ve known Paul for quite a few many years now and I’ve watched as he has grown into a solid fabricator, then into a talented craftsman. He has built one amazing bike after another, each an example of the level his skill and attention to his craft were at during that time. His bikes have always captured the attention of the crowds and the magazines alike, but when it came to his latest build, “Incognegro,” I believe he has broken through to a new level.

Sturgis 2011- Never A Dull Moment

Article By Chris Callen Photos By: Fred Mathews, Milwaukee Mike & Sara Liberte

So this was to be the seventy-first time that motorcyclists from across the known universe would make their annual pilgrimage across the United States to the Black Hills for the Sturgis Rally. In spite of the fact that last year was one of the big anniversary years, many of us would be damned if we didn’t have as much fun, raise as much hell and get as much out of our week in Mecca. As the months of this summer passed, however, it started to seem as if things were sliding out of sorts. I mean, no Jay Allen at the County Line and the Limpnickie Lot was at the Buffalo Chip. For us, it would spell the first time in a half decade that our little traveling family would be split up. Maybe that was enough reason for the uneasy groove that pedaled its way up and down our groves, but as the week went on, it seemed to grow on the faces of much of the crowd. Now there was plenty of the good ole happenings and attractions we’d all become so fond of; actually, some of the highlights were more monumental in scope than anything ever before.

The Motor Company Introduces
2012 Harley-Davidsons
More Power & Possibilities

Article By: Rob Keller Photos By: Riles & Nelson

The good news from Milwaukee is that the Harley Davidson Motor Company is still strong and moving in a positive direction to keep their customer base satisfied. The people at Harley have been putting forth an honest effort to connect with the motorcycle community through the use of surveys and also by paying attention to social networks where it seems everyone gets a chance to voice their opinions. The big news for the 2012 model line is that the standard engine displacement has been increased to the Twin Cam 103”! This engine produces 100 ft lbs. peak torque which is an increase of about 6% over its predecessor. All models in the touring family as well as the complete Softail line will get the bigger powerplant. The Super Glide and Street Bob will still come with the 96” engine in order to keep the price point down but the rest of the Dyna line will get the bigger hammer. All of the CVO models will keep the more powerful 110 cid Screamin’ Eagle motor. The larger engines will come standard with a heavier clutch spring because of the added torque. Oil coolers will also be standard to help keep them cool. 

A Man Called Puppy Remembers Sturgis

Article And Photos By Chris Callen

Like I mentioned in the editorial this month, Sturgis was tough for me this year and had it not been for two important things, I'm pretty sure that the rally as a whole would have been a complete let down. One of those things came from the place where most of my inspiration comes from in one way or another: Jay Allen and the Broken Spoke. I drifted into the Spoke one night, tired and pissed that the cops were so heavy, that the prices were stupid and I was wondering if the days of the rallies were in fact coming to an end. I walked over to a man that Jay had been telling me about that entire week, a man they called Puppy. Now before I go any further, let me explain this man to you and how odd that he might score a nickname like Puppy. I for one expected Brutus or Axe Man, something like that, but after spending time with him, Puppy is in fact the perfect handle. Looking through my camera lens, the lines on his face were like the pages in a traditionally bound novel. Each one earned over time and probably with its very own story to tell. They all led to his eyes that are so serious they could be that of a murderer, except for the fact that when he starts to tell stories of good times and brothers on the road, they light up like a blazing fire and almost entrance the listener. His chest expands with laughter and the big tough persona melts away as you realize he is a gentle and fascinating soul. He is no small fella either. He stands well over six feet tall, wears bibs and high black leather riding boots; in short, Puppy was a man like many of the good men I remember growing up around. His old time leather hat that is filled with pins from days gone by just tell you this man has been there and done that, but in his stories you find so much more. 

Vintage Racing At Wauseon
Fire & The Wheel

Timeless Tales And Tips From Matt Walksler At Wheels Through Time Museum

Each year, thousands gather at Wauseon, Ohio for one of the biggest and best old motorcycle meets in the world. One of the highlights of the weekend is the racing of the board track class on Friday night. The “skinny wheel” bikes are always a crowd favorite, and this year, a total of thirteen riders brought out machines to make a few hot laps and give the crowd a show. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been watching Dale and his friends put these old bikes to use, having the time of their lives. So last winter, I decided to start putting together something of my own to make a few laps with the group. Starting with just a few parts, I spent much of the last seven months assembling a machine that would not only be capable of keeping up with the other bikes, but would handle well on the short 1/2-mile tracks at the AMCA meets. Keeping with the theme of the race -- dropped handlebars and tall, skinny tires -- the bike featured a 74 cubic inch Harley-Davidson JDCA engine and a handmade shortcoupled frame with an extra-short wheelbase for the tight turns on the Wauseon and Davenport half-miles. Oh yeah, as with the rest of the bikes in the class, the machine was built with no brakes, and no clutch, just like nearly all of the racing bikes that rounded the tracks nearly a century ago. The entire build came down to the wire; we finished the bike exactly one day before we left for Wauseon on Wednesday. We only had time for a few start-ups, and although the bike seemed to be running well, we didn’t have any time at all to get it out on the road to tune and test it. Despite the lack of practice, we loaded her up anyway and headed for the meet

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