Moto Goodness

GOODNESS-as defined by the Random House Dictionary: excellence of quality; goodness of workmanship; the best of anything; essence; strength. To be forthright, it's only been in recent years that this obsession of "MOTO" has truly manifest, but the love is genuine. Motorbikes, Aeroplanes, Automobiles and all that is designed, built and driven to perform is appreciated.

Star Trek & Sci Fi

STAR TREK (The Original Series) was the beginning of a life-long, love of Science Fiction and Science Fact and all other things of a Fantastic Nature. Whether it was Comic Books, Live-Action Television, Motion Pictures or Animated Cartoons, the media did not matter, as long as it was a means to transverse space and time ... or alter reality.

Hammer of the Gods

THE HAMMER OF THE GODS A metaphor for music, how it can forge, shape and mold our lives. A means to transport and transform. I'm not a musical scholar or theorist. Simply, someone who has played and listened to quite a bit of music.  Just a bloke who knows what he likes and dislikes. Also, I'm a bass player, so expect a lot of attention paid to the bottom end!

Garage Project Brat Style CB350

This one is from a couple of years ago, and it arose from down under, Perth, Australia. Rex Havoc and his friend Brad, working under the name, Garage Project Motorcycles, took a $1600 ebay find and unashamedly set forth to build a Brat Style motorbike on a tight budget. I love this motorbike for it's stripped down simplicity and built for speed stance.

Quite the interesting mirror location, on this one.


Let The Wrenching Begin....Again!

So I've had a replacement cylinder and piston for the Baroness for more than 2 months now, but with the onslaught of frigid temperatures and record snowfall, plus the fact that I moved, well it sort of halted any work I had planned for the grand ol' girl. But now that I've somewhat settled in, got myself a little corner in the garage to work in and decent weather, I commenced to wrenching on the bike again. Felt good, real good.

As you can see, the rust hasn't taken a break. Take care of the mechanics first, than I shall beautify her as well. Lordy, I miss riding this machine!


Viva Knievel!-Strato Cycle

VIVA KNIEVEL! - The  1977 motion picture, starring, as himself, Evel Knievel. Here we have the Strato Cycle which is seen in the opening scene of the film. Evel rides into a orphanage with a bag of goodies for the kids. What sort of goodies, well, Evel Knievel action figures of course! One kid throws aside his crutches and declares if the messianic Evel can walk away from his crashes, that he, the boy, can walk without crutches! Pure cinematic magic!

The bike itself is custom Harley Davidson Sportster, 2 Strato Cycles were built for the movie, along with 6 other less "extreme" bikes for the Hollywood production. Sharing the marquee with "E.K." were such luminaries as, Leslie Nielsen, Gene Kelly, Dabney Coleman, Red Buttons and Lauren Hutton. Performing many of the "more dangerous" stunts, was stuntman Gary Charles Davis, yes the King of all stuntmen, had a stunt double.


Crafty R2-D2 Helmet

I don't really remember how I came across this, but it is a least 3 years old. A Philadelphia based artist named, Jenn crafted herself a clever R2-D2 helmet to wear while commuting about the City of Brotherly Love on her scooter.

Here is a bit info on the artist in her own words: "I'm Jenn, Philadelphia pastry artist and scientific illustrator. You might see me driving around Philly on my scooter wearing either my homemade R2D2 or Angry Birds helmet. I'm a professional pastry artist and manager at Whipped Bakeshop, fine artist, and a professional scientific illustrator for Walters and Kissinger.  I went to school for printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and for art and geology at the University of Pennsylvania".


Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Super Bowl XLVII

Faking the Thunder? Seriously, I think not. Sweet Petunia, I don't know why I still get surprised by the way some of the most insignificant things get blown to global proportions in our Age of Information. But all this hullabaloo about Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, miming or faking their performance during the Super Bowl halftime show, well, by gawdangit, it just makes my mind wobble. You were sitting at home, a friends place or a bar or wherever, watching the game and you felt somewhat slighted by the halftime performance... produced to pacify and entertain you. My thought or suggestion to all the folks whining, complaining or just observing and making a lot of noise, like a baby, those who felt cheated or time the RHCP are performing anywhere near you, purchase a ticket, attend the show and if you have the same feelings afterwards, than cry out to the high heavens in protest. In aftermath of experiencing the RHCP live and you were disappointed,  I suggest you lubricate your butt-hole or take a muscle relaxer (if prescribed ), because your ass is much too tight to let the punk/funk in! Cheers, suckas! (THUD) ----that's sound of me slamming my mouse down in staged rage and frustration.

And just in case you haven't seen it anywhere else, here is Flea's explanation:

"The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80's, we were thrown off of 'The Top Of the Pops' television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony's shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.

"We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it.


Shiny Object of Distraction & Desire

I've only seen a few pics of this bike floating about, with no accompanying info. But just it's pure shininess and total bad ass radness, was enough to distract from all the things that have been keeping me from posting anything for the past wee bit.

These are from theMotor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy. I culled them from the most excellent site, Cafe Racer Culture. drool.......


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