Cycle Source Features Blog - April 2012

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Win This Chopper!

You could win this bike, this year: a complete one-off custom built chop. That's right. You can enter by filling out the coupon, subscribing to Bandit's Cantina on Bikernet, or to the Cycle Source magazine. With a Crazy Horse 100-inch engine and a frame from Texas Bike Works, this build is already flying together. From issue to issue you'll see your motorcycle being built on the pages

of Bikernet and Cycle Source. You'll witness Gary Maurer from Kustoms Inc. and Ron Harris from Chop Docs bend sheet metal, create one-off components, and shoot one of the sickest old-school paint schemes that you have ever seen.

The team will carefully select components from the best in the industry, including wheels from Ride Wright, electronics from Accel, leatherwork by the master, Howard H. Knight, and controls from Tim at Grip Ace.

"Also, please look at Barnett clutches and let me know what you need," Prince Najar said. He's the manager of this process and partner at Biker Pros, who is working closely with our builders, editors, and suppliers. "Also, Blacksmith Baggerville is interested in creating one-off pegs, brake pedal, grip, internal throttle and air cleaner," the Prince said. The parts' list for XPress lid chopper build, including a Fab Kevin seat pan and hinge, expands daily. Watch for monthly updates on the progress…..

f2-large Indian Larry Motorcycles'
Question Everything

Article By: Chris Callen
Photos By: Jack Macintyre

I still remember the first time I saw a bike built by Indian Larry. It was a feature in the old Iron Horse magazine and man, it blew my head off my shoulders. This cat was a total freak, no doubt, and the bike, it was just too much. The level of craftsmanship he put into his builds just took Larry to another place, and launched an entire style for a generation. The New York City flashy bikes that were quick as hell and looked just as fast, filled the minds of every young chopper jockey everywhere.

Now we've written about the Indian Larry motorcycle shop of today that is the Brooklyn creation o f my brother Bobby Seeger. Bobby and his wife Elisa have kept the shop and Larry's style of bikes going to memorialize the man behind the designs. About 2 years ago, we featured their first build out of the new shop called, "The Machine," but since then, they have really settled into the groove of what they're doing there. The bike you see here marks number 13 of their custom creations and it has been built as a direct descendant of the original " Daddy - O " bike, or as most people know it, "The Rat Fink."

A Fifteen Year Stretch
The Cycle Source 15 Year Anniversary

Article By: Jack Shit
Photos By: The Whole Staff

You've all heard the story about the kid who goes down to see the carnival and ends up leaving town with them, right? This kid and his friends are just walking around, cotton candy in one hand, corn dog in the other, and something happens. The kid just stops walking, his friends continue on not noticing yet that the barker on the midway yelling at him has grabbed his attention like a mongoloid with a double scoop ice cream cone on a 100 degree day; nothing is going to break that grip! The tattooed freaks, the bearded lady, the two headed cow and the beautiful dancing girls were enough to get this kid's heart racing, and then the magic words came out of the PA system that stole the boy's very soul: See fearless men risk life and limb and watch them ride the Wall of Death! That kid is mesmerized and captivated by the utter lunacy that is the carnival. He runs home, sneaks through his window, grabs some clean underwear, a few t-shirts and dumps his change jar into a sock and climbs right back out that very same window. That night, he leaves town and never looks back. Never again will this kid live a "normal life;" the lure of adventure on the open road has captured him. He got a taste of freedom and now his hunger is unquenchable. For me, Cycle Source magazine is that proverbial carnival and I am that kid who is running away with them and never looking back.

Off The Grid
With Christian Marsh At Xian Leather

Article By: Chad Lemme

The cool coastline fog hangs eerily low in the dead calm of night; the moon the only light for miles in any direction as far as the eye can see. But in the distance, on the horizon, a single sinister ship lurking in the dreadful waters shatters the still air with a burst of cannon fire. You don't hear it until it's too late. Fear takes its grip on the populous and the men face the grim reality that they must fight despite the unfavorable odds stacked high against them. The townsfolk assemble wielding swords and axes and anything that can be used as a weapon: a pitchfork, here and there a club, maybe even a length of chain in desperation. And as the bloodthirsty barbarians land ashore and attack headlong into the blackness, they commence to killing and maiming with God-like vengeance, setting everything ablaze in their wake. Pirates: They've come at last. As the poorly portrayed heathens on the History Channel prey upon unsuspecting victims in seaside towns, I sit there hammering, wondering why I was not born in a different time and place, and carefully sculpt my latest piece of rawhide into the shape of a business logo for somebody I don't know.

Making Custom Battery Cables
Let's Get Wired

Article By: Daniel Donley
Photos By: Kerri Schindler

Making your own high quality battery cables is simple to do. I like to use car audio power cable in either 4 or 8 gauge size. Car audio wire has hundreds of strands of wire that will flow more current vs. a standard cable with just a few strands. See, current flows on the outside of each strand of wire in a cable, not through the center of it like you might think. There for, the more strands in a cable, the better the current flow. This makes a car audio power cable a great choice; it's also very flexible which makes it easy to route. On a final note, most car audio places have scraps of this stuff lying around that are big enough to make your battery cables with, and that can save you some dough. So for this month we are going to make a set of custom battery cables for Chris's "Ticket To Ride" Panhead. You can see more of this build in the book Custom Motorcycle Building Basics that will be on newsstands shortly. Let's get started.

The Effects Of Fifteen Years Of Outsourcing
Buy American Or Die

Article By: Paul Wideman And Nichole Grodski

Cycle Source has always prided itself on being the working man's cycle mag. For 15 years, The Source has been based in Pittsburgh, PA, once the steel capital of the world.

You'll be hard pressed to find a more blue collar, real world community in this fair country. As the work ethic and hard-nosed principles filtered into the magazine, Cycle Source has always found its way into the hands of bikers and riders of the same ilk; the guys and gals that work for their money.

But over these last 15 years, how has the blue collar worker been affected by our government's policies and lack of attention relative to our manufacturing base? It's true that as a society develops and the "quality of life" improves, occupational focus will shift from production to services. This basically means we find ourselves in jobs in areas such as trading, banking, science, healthcare, education, and mass media. Developed nations will do this as they have established economies and workforce, and look to other nations for production. In a sense, we are letting the other guys do the hard work. It's more difficult to produce and sell to the world if many nations are a half step behind you. Your prices and profits will suffer. But when lesser developed nations do the producing, at reduced wages mind you, and the products are imported for sale to the rest of the world, great profits are realized. Add to that the service sector, and quickly a society adds wealth and prosperity; in theory at least.

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