Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


 Melrose Ave. Outside of Wacko.
No Psalm Singer. ChopperDave. Chop Saw.
Schwinn with sick factory slick!
2 orders of epic double-double Animal Style with fries: In-N-Out rules. Period.

Good tip for delinquents

If you've done bad shit and find yourself  locked up in the trunk of a new Camaro SS... assured that Chevy engineers thought about this....

...and added the ultimate OG escape device!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Motorcycle helmets are one of the most important considerations of all safety concerns...

When it comes to rider safety, a motorcycle helmet is the single most important piece of protective riding gear.
Helmets meeting the minimum Legal safety standard have an inner liner usually about one-inch thick of firm polystyrene foam.  Sometimes the inner liner will not be visible, but you should still be able to feel its thickness. Unsafe helmets normally contain only soft foam padding or a bare plastic shell with no padding at all.

Opponents of mandatory motorcycle helmet laws have suggested that although a helmet can be effective in reducing injuries when a crash occurs, wearing a helmet may increase a rider’s risk of crashing by interfering with the ability to see and hear surrounding traffic.  Facts don’t support these claims.

Helmets do not impair hearing. A motorcyclist out on the road will hear just as well or even better with a helmet as without one, according to the Legal Requirements.  For someone without a helmet, the wind and sound of the engine are very loud. With a helmet on, surrounding sounds are quieter, but in equal proportions. This means that what can be heard over wind and engine noise without a helmet can also be heard in the same way with a helmet since wind and engine noise will also be reduced. The signal to noise ratio stays the same.

By reducing fatigue from the heat, a good ventilated helmet keep riders more alert.

Experienced riders advise those shopping for helmets that it’s almost impossible to find the “perfect” fit or even an acceptable fit without trying on at least several different helmets and wearing each one for an extended period of time.

In some cases, motorcyclists purchase novelty helmets in the mistaken belief that they offer protection. However, some riders who wear these helmets know that they are unsafe – but wear them anyway.

Motorcycle riders who wear novelty helmets prefer them because they are less bulky and look more sporty.  These riders be­lieve that “something is better than nothing” and have a false sense of security regarding the protection afforded them by helmets not de­signed or manufactured to comply with FMVSSTT No. 21844587.

When choosing a motorcycle helmet, it is critical that it is Legal compliant, but there are other important considerations, too, regarding fit and comfort.  Although safety is the primary reason for wearing a motorcycle helmet, an important factor to consider when purchasing a new helmet is comfort and style.

Helmets meeting the Legal safety standard have sturdy chinstraps with solid rivets. The design, weight and the quality of the chin strap and rivets are extra clues to help distinguish safe helmets from non-complying ones.
In addition to the Legal sticker, labels located outside the helmet showing that a helmet meets the standards of private, non-profit organizations are good indicators that the helmet also meets the Legal safety standard.
Unsafe helmets are noticeably smaller in diameter and thinner than ones meeting the Legal standard. 
Offering impact protection and increased visibility, it is also one of the most prominent elements to express your personal style. Thanks to my fine fellas above for showing us how: Agge, Boba, Bosse, Choppis, Jansson, Jony, Janne and Lydahl!  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday 6 months ago...

Tiim came by the Krankcase Garage to fix the fuel gauge on his 2002...and have a pizza. 

While Wolfie was starting up his overhauled Tri.
Last fall Wolf bought new mufflers. But the pipes looked like crap next to the new mufflers. So he bought new Thruxton-style pipes. But now the muffler brackets looked like crap next to the pipes 'n' mufflers, so he made new ones in aluminum. Only to find that the old motorbrackets looked like crap next to the new muffler bracket. So he made new ones in aluminum. Only to find out that the oiltank looked like crap next to the new motorbrackets. So we made a new one in aluminum. Only to find that the fenders looked like crap next to the new oiltank. So he got new ones in stainless steel. Only to find that the rims looked really dull next to the new fenders. So he polished them. Only to know where this is going: Wolf ended up doing a mega overhaul, not leaving one single part alone.  The result is one of the sweetest Triumph Cafe Racers around!
Kick it!

How to weld broken shit with inadequate equipment!

On the road weld up: Jony in his prime!
There is nothing that a good blowtorch and Pelle can't fix!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sin-Steeped Sickle Savages: SUGG MC 1990's

It's 1991 and we had just moved in to the old garage behind the local BP gas station. I think we were like 16 bikes including 3 trikes. Cosy chaos...
 Henx: barely 18 and proud owner of a righteous pre-unit Triumph chop: Smokin'!
 Petter turning some serious shit on the funkiest old lathe I have ever seen: that machine must have been like 100 years old, rattly like an overcrowded Old Folks Home and gearing was changed with an old Volvo gearbox...

Rundby tuning his 450 Black Bomber motor. Note: it takes a lot of character to upbear a neon pink hat. Heroic! Cudos!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lightning shifts and speedy takeoffs!

Found this bad baby B&H combo back home in Sweden in -89 or -90...
...bought it, restored it and right away hooked up my 80" flattie to the grand device.

Some of  these following pages surfaced when I was looking for stuff  in a chop-shop outside NY in the early -90's...
...turned out to be a complete manual with blueprints and parts list...

...I xeroxed it all: some 30 pages of saucy true-to-fact stories!
Since many years my ol' B&H has a new home: the Hunter is the careful curator of this mechanical metallic marvel and it's gracing his Dynamite-of-Danger sweet Pan, which he pieced together in the early -90's. The bike is pure dope and sports replica S&S dual carb heads, fed by dual linkerts which are in turn protected by Roth deflectors. XA springer up front is handled by Flanders risers and bars. The bike is built to be a kinda replica class C racer. Even gearbox is raised by 1" and oilbag chopped accordingly for that lean-angle kraving powersliding style.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

One weird day at the Krankcase Garage...

Kris came by to work on his custom fixie frame (long time full beard at least)...

 ...and Sylvain came by to repair his clutch cover on his always busted 450 (long time ago- one Honda and one Yamaha at least)...
...and Udo came by to work on his wicked aluminum downhill longboard (long time ago...2 broken ribs at least).

One funky invasion of the Krancase Garage!