I have what you might call some swap meet friends. You know, friends that you pretty much only see at the swap meets. One of these guys, I've probably known for more than 20 years and we jokingly fight over parts every time we bump into each other. In the last year we've become closer and I finally made it over to his pad to see what he's been up to.
Arte is a somewhat quiet guy who keeps to himself. He's restored several bikes, but also builds customs that you might call Blend Bikes and does just about everything himself, including the paint. Once upon a time he had a few of his builds featured in magazines, but doesn't seek attention or need to be part of the 'cool crowd'.
His latest build is totally within his personal code. That is, to build bikes from mostly a blend of Harley parts from all eras. Parts he already has or happens to find a good deal on at the swap meet.
Alternator left side case. Classic style with modern touches. The trick is... make them blend together.
Most posts get none or maybe one comment, but the post on 12 spoke wheels got a few people interested.
8 posts down I featured my friend Arte's last build (Electra-Knuck). Here's a 1939 Knucklehead Semi-Bob Job he built. He has a way of detailing bikes that is his signature style. You'll see what I mean when I get around to posting more.
This New Year's Header is based on the ones I did for Jan. and Feb. 2012. I couldn't resist taking a bit from both and changing it some to reflect what's currently going on with Steve Sharp's rebuild of the Joe Hurst/Dick Allen chrome frame chopper. All three version are presented for your comparison.
By the way... for some reason the blog's headers at the top of the page haven't been loading with the same color and contrast as they should for the last several month's. Google, please fix this!
Unless I'm out of town, I go to every Long Beach MotorCycle Swap Meet. For awhile I was always taking a camera, but haven't done that for about 2 years.
That said, here's the only things I noticed that were pixel worthy.... or at least the first four were.
Ratty chops seem to be more popular than ever.
Here's some photos from last Saturday's Born-Free-Loser Machine Garage Co. Party.
Although this set of photos may not completely convey it, the word of the day seemed to be Panheads.
The cool thing about events like this is the diversity of styles.
Nice Knuck. I wonder if he realizes just how rare that XLH/K-model rear fender is? Sporster guys would kill for it.
Yes this 1934 VL was ridden in.