Cycle Source Features Blog - May 2011

f2-large Daytona Bike Week 2011
Next Gen Ruled!

Article By: Chris Callen Photos By Jeff Cochran -

Early spring had little consequence on most of the northern states that were pounded by storm after storm this season. It seemed as if winter would never let its grip go on us and then all at once, Daytona was here, we were loaded up and ready to haul ass. With much anticipation, we again headed south to be greeted by warm sands and frosty beverages of our beloved season opener: Daytona Beach Bike Week. We talked long and hard about our plans to fit it all in and the map was laid out to plot our course. But what would we find in the Sunshine State? After all, this was the epicenter of the mortgage meltdown that sees many native Floridians reeling in the aftermath. As a whole, the country’s economic position isn’t in a place that would suggest much frivolous spending so would there even be a bike week to speak of? Well dear reader, we set out to get those very answers. It is with some relief that I propose to you that the soul of bike week is linked to its history more than its economics and for that reason, now just one hour outside the Daytona city limits, I can tell you it rocked!

Skate Fast Ride Faster
Kids In The Park

Article And Photos By: Chris Callen

This year at Stone Edge during bike week, I ran into a group of young guys that were hanging around the lot. I hadn’t seen them before at any of our other gatherings. I made a few inquires to find out that they were actually doing their own thing and it is the perfect topic to write about to keep on top of where this is all going next. Now we’ve long been carrying the banner of the Next Generation and we’ve talked about how the cultural influences of skateboarding, BMX and motocross have begun to make their way into our thing, but this group was something I hadn’t expected. For them, the addition of the motorcycle is the part of the culture that has changed. Their ages range from 21 to 40 plus, and have them dead square in the youth demographic as far as the American motorcycle scene goes, but their roles are different. For them, skating and being themselves come first. The motorcycle is now the next fun thing they’re doing so they have found a way to work that into how they spend time with each other through an event called Skate Fast / Ride Faster.

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Steel Tech - DOM VS. Chromoly

Article By: Paul Wideman -

I’ve wanted to write this article for some time now. I’ve heard the debate waged that 4130 chromoly is the be-all end-all when it comes to fabrication in the racing and powersports industries. I’ve also heard the exact opposite; moly is a waste of money and is just for big dollar racing outfits. The scariest thing is that I see up and comers, and even some dudes that have been around a while and should know better, using the wrong material in the wrong application in our business. Some responsibility needs to be seen here, guys. If you don’t know the proper way to weld, normalize, anneal,stress relive, etc, you shouldn’t be using the material. Maybe a little more research and a little less willy-nilly fab work, huh? Nestled here in the river valleys of Eastern Missouri are some of the world’s premier Pro-Stock and Pro-Mod chassis shops. These guys knock out cars that are running 300 mph in the quarter mile, and they know their stuff. I’ve had a handful of these cats work for me from time to time, and I’ll tell you, no one can weld like these guys; at least no one in the motorcycle industry. We’ve had lengthy discussions about this very debate; would a chopper frame or frontend benefit from the use of Chromoly tubing? I’ve always gotten the same answer from these wizards of molten metal, but that is just a response from the average Joe; usually a man that is just repeating the knowledge he has heard from the instructor in weld school or the old timer that taught him the ropes.

ACME Choppers Springer Swap
Live At Daytona

Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Gene Stull, Jeff Cochran Jason At Gas 33

So how do you improve upon perfection? Well, when you start with a bitchin’ sled like Roadside Marty’s “Purple Haze” from our February ’11 cover, it’s a pretty tall order. I mean as the “Haze” stood it was good enough to make the cover so how could you possibly better that? Leave it to Roadside and his keen eye for detail to scout the one addition that would absolutely put this bike over the top: the ACME Springer. We called Jason and Wayne up and asked them if they were down; the parts were shipped to Roadside and he was supposed to set all the tools up to have it ready for a live, on stage, tech tip during the Cycle Source/Limpnickie Lot Chopper Show in Daytona. Let’s just say most of the tools were there and the few that were needed provided a nice comedy break when McGoo from Biltwell began to holler out they needed a 13mm wrench.

Gilby Clarke's '65 Pan

Article By: Lisa Ballard Photos By: Sean Peterson

If you went to the Slab City Riot or even Sturgis last year, you have probably run into Gilby Clarke. Most people know him as a member of Guns N’ Roses, I just knew him as Gilby. I am not shitting you, for months I just thought he was one of the local guys supporting the scene. He stopped at our booth numerous times and was always gracious and polite. During last year’s Easyriders’ show in Pomona, he told me he was almost done with his next build, a 1965 Harley FL. It was 95% completed and he was letting us feature it. I was stoked but not as much as Chris; he giggled like a little girl. Our excitement ended by the time we got home that night as word spread that Gilby was involved in a hit-and-run accident that left both his legs shattered. “We went to the show with a few friends. Calling it a night, we all I went our separate ways. I was leading and JD King was behind me. This car came out of nowhere and crashed into me. I was on the ground, took a moment to gather myself and watched the car peel off. JD stayed by my side and got me help,” Gilby explained. The bike was trashed and it took six months for him to get back on his feet.

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