THE MOTOR-SURFER

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Documenting life during the first attempt at restoring a vintage motorcycle.

Similar to the zen -like feeling that is realized through surfing,
motorcycle repair can elevate the mind to a meditative state that eludes time and space...
Meaning I obsess over it, get frustrated, yell, laugh at myself and overall waste a lot of time.

Monday

Bring back the Classics

Seems like the vintage/classic style bikes are making a comeback... or rather have never left the scene. So as the big names have been reintroducing the throwback models like - Triumph with their 'Classics' series which never actually changed much, Ducati with their 'Sport Classic GT', Honda's 'CB1100' are making a big comeback, Yamaha with the Sakura and Royal Enfield with the 'Classic 500' (yes please!). Well then can Kawasaki can't be too far behind, right? Actually they always had the 'W650' (2004 & 2005 model), but stopped production only to make way for the 'W800'. It's about time too... I'm just finishing up my vintage/classic Kawasaki and need something to make it look good.

The W800 looks a lot like the RE Classic 500 which in fact is a great compliment in itself. Anyway, for us vintage/classic fiends, a modern touch is usually welcome. Check out Kawasaki's official video for W800. Enjoy!

Saturday

Pieces-Of-The-Pie And on the 8th day he said..."Let there be Headlights"

Finally finished the electrical for rest of the bike and hid all the extra wiring behind the headlamp. Just popped the glass bulb into place and tightened the single screw holding it in. The headlight is complete and hopefully the wires are all correctly connected and we don't have a Johnny-5 experience when I start it up for the first time.

I mentioned in an earlier post how intimidating the electrical process seemed, but honestly, it only took a few minutes of matching colors and using a little common sense.

Saturday

British Customs - A video by TAR

My good friend and cinematographer Tim Ryan (TAR Productions), recently made this ad for British Customs. He thought I would enjoy (which I did) and so I'm sharing with all (5) of you. Tim is actually pretty amazing. From inspiring photographs from his travels to surf company ads featuring hot girls to music videos. He also made a pretty rad surf movie a couple years ago - "On a Rail", that documents a surf trip, by train (hence the title), around Europe. Good surfing, cool editing, the soundtrack is great and it's definitely worth a peak if you haven't seen it. Plus it just makes me want to travel... Anyways check out his site here and watch the video for British Customs below.


Friday

Pieces-Of-The-Pie _ Sneak Preview

And now for a sneak preview of what I've been tinkering with for the past year...


Betty is almost complete. Just missing a tiny little thing called the motor...
Right now it's more of a Flintstone's style foot-powered cycle.

Thursday

Jeremy Flores Wins Pipe - Parko Wins Triple Crown

Twas a battle of epic proportions. Although the waves were a little smaller than everyone hoped, the contest was still pretty amazing: Kelly scored a perfect-10 (not including the ones on the beach ;) ), Dane can do airs at Pipe, there were a whole bunch of high scoring 9's, Dusty Payne qualified for the 2011 world tour in a dramatic heat, a few broken boards and a lot of broken dreams. Including mine, which involved a Kelly vs. Dane final.... But no, Jeremy and Kieren duked it out, with the young Frenchman claiming his first ever WCT victory, at Pipeline of all places. Congrats Mr. Flores.


Also, Joel Parkinson tripled his Triple, winning his 3rd Triple Crown Trophy. Yes Parko, you dominate Hawaii harder than that un-neutered Pitbull dominated my leg at the park last week. Parko took home the big bucks and a pretty sweet $10,000 Nixon watch.


CONGRATS JEREMY & PARKO!!!
NOW GO SPEND THAT HARD EARNED CA$$$H

Monday

Creative Destruction - Chapter 5

One of my favorite surf video site/blogs - Creative Destruction - has their latest Chapter (5) of artsy, inspiring flicks up for view. The latest entry entitled "Lost for Words" is especially fun for my viewing pleasure as it takes place in one of the coolest places I've ever traveled to and surfed, San Sebastian in Northern Spain (and also in SouthWest France). The city is absolutely amazing, the people are amazing, the food is incredible, the scenery, the fun beach breaks, blah, blah, blah, it's rad. Go there. But for now, enjoy the video of Wade Goodall ripping some heaving beachies in Europe.

"Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness."

Creative Destruction. Chapter 5: Lost for Words from CREATIVE DESTRUCTION on Vimeo.

Friday

Lay-day at Pipe Masters - Elsewhere Goes Off


We are all feeling the horrible wrath of that awful little girl/(weather pattern) we call La Niña, which in Spanish means; The Niña. While the waves here are doing their best impression of lake Titicaca, a swath of Northerly swell (that missed us, but...) light up select parts of the North Shore... except Pipeline of course, which after running 24 heats on Tuesday, is seeing yet another day off.

Thursday

NOW: Web Premiere DEC 15

Now, An Analog Moving Picture Project from Analog Clothing on Vimeo.

Riley Blakeway has teamed up with Australian Modern Collectivian - Chippa Wilson and Analog Clothing to bring you NOW.

A FILM ABOUT LIVING... A FILM ABOUT TODAY... A FILM ABOUT NOW

Riley Blakeway is a young and super talented film maker (I've posted videos from him before). Chippa is just a ridiculous Aussie surfer with a pretty amazing rags to riches story. The preview looks amazing and on December 15, SurfingMagazine.com will be premiering the movie on their site (for free).

From Surfingmagazine.com:

Friends, foes and film critics:

Where will you be on Wednesday, December 15th?

Fine. Grand. Superb. Cancel it.

Instead, on the 15th, join us at surfingmagazine.com for the online premiere of Chippa Wilson’s new profile flick, NOW, from Analog/Riley Blakeway.

This release marks the film debut of Chris “Chippa” Wilson, the New South Wales lad who traded his hard hat for a frequent flier card and the life of a jet-setting young surf star. Sped to renown by the web’s viral pathways, Chippa’s complete lifestyle makeover took a mere 18 months. He is a surf icon of the internet age.

Qantas courts him. Female hearts palpitate at his visage. Waves double over in his path for the honor of hosting Chippa’s trademark aerial steeze.

NOW will be available for free viewing in its entirety all day on Wednesday, December 15th, from 9:00 a.m. EST (for our East Coast friends) until 5:00 p.m. HST (for our Hawaiian ‘ohana). It can be seen nowhere but on surfingmagazine.com.

Please. Join.

Love,

SURFING & Analog

Wednesday

Pieces-of-the-Pie _ A Final Look Inside

Rounding the final curve and the finish line is in site. The distant cheer of the crowd grows louder and every stride is slightly longer. The bike is closer to completing the Marathon of it's rebuild than ever before. Like an Iron Butterfly ready to emerge from the dark cocoon of my makeshift shop, Betty sits restlessly, awaiting her final touches.

This will (hopefully [knock on wood]) be the last time these pieces (of the Pie) ever see the light of day. Forever entombed in their steal sarcophagus, sealed with the ancient engraving of the sacred word "Kawasaki" upon it's surface. The first kick will awaken the beast within and the 90cc little monster will roar to life with a ground shaking rumble equivalent to the sound of 1,000 clapping monkeys.



Tuesday

Billbong Pipeline Masters - Begins Tomorrow!!!


"And so, after nine events, 10 months of surfing, globe trotting and parties, the 2010 ASP World Tour is pulling into its last stop: the 2010 Billabong Pipeline Masters. And it most certainly has been a year not to be forgotten. Kelly Slater was anointed the winningest surfer in the sport's history, a bold new generation -- spearheaded by the likes of Jordy Smith and Dane Reynolds -- seized the limelight, Aussie upstart Owen Wright's a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year honors, and sadly, this year the tour also lost one of its own in Andy Irons -- a four-time Pipeline Master himself."


The Super Bowl of Surfing. The world's most respected (and deadly) wave. Pipeline is surfing's ultimate venue, which celebrates it's 40th anniversary this year. Even with the world title already decided 48 of the best surfers in the world are about to go to battle for the most prized trophy in the sport. "I'd rather win Pipeline than any other contest," explained the late Andy Irons, four-time Pipe Master. "Unlike other breaks, Pipeline is the only wave in the world where a surfer could make a living by only surfing that wave", says CJ Hobgood...

words and photos from the web, Mike Newman from ESPN.com, surfline.com etc...

Monday

The Jay At Maverick's & The Eddie at Waimea Bay

I love big wave surfing - as a spectator of course. Man gracefully dancing on the surface of a heaving wall of liquid death. I don't understand how they do it... The rush I get from being in what what I would consider big waves is indescribable. The feeling of invincibility combined with oh-my-god-I-didn't-die moment... when the spray clears, the bottom drops out beneath you and your looking over the ledge, weightlessly racing down the face of a mountain of water. My big waves of course would be laughable by the Big Wave Brotherhood that battle these behemoths for a living. Their level of fearlessness and confidence borders insanity.

Anyways Last week was the opening ceremony for the annual Maverick's Invitational Surf Contest and The Eddie opening ceremony was just this past weekend at Waimea Bay.

After much controversy with rights, management, etc... the Maverick's contest has been renamed The Jay at Maverick's, after the late Jay Moriarity and the invitees/aquatic gladiators have been selected. I like the motto for the contest...

Our Logo is a badge of courage that inspires us the “live like Jay” – to go for it, live life to the fullest, challenge the boundaries, face our fears, and do it with friends…



The Eddie Contest also held their opening ceremony this weekend with surfing's A-List and Hawaii's elite. The waiting period has started, so hopefully La Nina will give us a break and show us some swell for the big-wave duals.

Photos from Surfline, Jeremiah Klein, etc...

Wednesday

"Surfing Ruined My Life" - A letter by some guy

This letter was featured a while back in Surfing Magazine's Letter-of-the-Week blog. I enjoyed this gentleman's humor (who apparently lives in my neighborhood) and thought I would share it with my 8 readers (Hi Mom). I'm sure we can all relate. I too pay through the nose to live by the beach, jeopardize my job to surf, sacrifice eating in order to save $$ for new boards and my commitments to any set plans are subject to the swell forecast. Entire weekends that were set aside for visiting family were spent visiting the local break. Why are we so addicted?

Letter of the Week: Surfing Ruined My Life

“Surfing Ruined My Life.” That bumper sticker stopped in front of me at a red light. I think it meant surfing the activity, not the magazine, because you don’t ruin lives. You ruin study habits.

But surfing does ruin lives. My friend and I had a conversation about this the other day. If surfing were a girlfriend, it would be the worst nightmare succubus wench outside Fashion Island — the type born platinum blond straight onto a Stairmaster, hot and shallow as a frying pan. She’d wear faux-felt Juicy tracksuits and walk her tiny rodent canine to Starbucks at 10:00 a.m. on weekdays, when decent people are working.

She would sap our ambition and convince us to settle for flexible jobs, draw down our bank balance in outsize rent checks so we could live steps from the beach, shut us off from friends and family who’d quietly wish her next facelift would turn fatal, that needy, scheming, gold-digging bitch.

What are we giving up right now to be with surfing? It’s best not to think about it.

Love,
Brad Lynch
Venice, CA

Monday

Pieces-of-the-Pie - Some Major Progress

Finally, some progress has been made in the rebuild of this 1974 90cc little monster that I have learned to love and hate equally, dubiously named Betty. Well actually my mustachioed mechanical partner (yes, it's still illegal in California to marry another mechanic) Daniel Galligani, who actaully has an amazing blog of his own (more of that later), named her Betty the night they first met. I believe the name is quite befitting. The entire bike was painted jet-black, except for the bright red front wheel... Evokes an image of Bettie Page in black leather with red lipstick.

OK, so I finally got the motor apart, gear-change shaft and kick-start shaft have been replaced, along with the rotor bearings, crank-seals and 2nd gear. The inside was surprisingly clean and despite what the motor looked on the outside, there was actually little wear! Imagine my surprise when I didn't discover an awful mess of broken, spray painted, worn out pieces and a colony of elves living inside. So, once I get the gaskets in place and seal it all up, there are just a few (actually a lot) of things to finish up before she is ready for the open road...

Here is a quick recap of what I have left. Hopefully I'll have it done just in time for Christmas. Yeah, yeah, I know that's a long time, but I honestly spend about 20 minutes a week at most on this thing, if that.
  • Sand and finish the gas tank
  • Repaint both side covers
  • Paint the fork tubes
  • Sand off the rust from all 4 turn signals
  • Sand and repaint the frame
  • Clean up the wheels
  • Mount forks, shocks, fenders, tires and seat
  • Add the clutch & brake levers and controls on the handlebars
  • Mount the motor and exhaust/ muffler
  • Wire the bike up (ignition, coil, battery, lights, horn, speedo)
  • Cut the new chain
  • Adjust the carb
  • Make sure the oil pump works
  • Some other minor things I can't think of...
...and we're good to go.

Here are links to all the "Pieces-of-the-Pie" posts, to see the progress from Day-1.

Thursday

Alana Qualifies - Women's Pro Surfing Octuples Fan Base

The world of Women's Professional Surfing just increased their following by 267% this week (mostly by teenage boys and middle-aged men with mustaches). WCT surf contest directors have enlisted the help of top computer scientist to handle the anticipated overload on computer servers during the live webcasts of the upcoming female surf contests. Well not really. But Alana Blanchard's 3rd place finish (after her miraculous last-minute heat win) at the Reef Hawaiian Pro in Halewia on Wednesday has solidified her spot on the 2011 WCT... Oh yeah, defending Triple Crown Champ, Parko won too. Fully recovered from his horrific heal injury, Parko smoked everyone, nailing a perfect 10-point ride (and a 9.87) in his first heat after 7-months! (check out all the links)


“I honestly didn’t even know I could qualify. I’m actually glad I didn’t know, so I could just focus on surfing well in the finals. I’m really excited for Sunset, and to get back on the world tour.”


Alana’s spot on the ASP Women’s World Tour isn’t the only exciting event on the horizon. Alana has the 2010 Surfer Poll Awards in December where she will defend her spot as the one of the top 5 most popular women surfers on Earth (for obvious reasons). She also will be portrayed in the new movie Soul Surfer based on the life of her best friend, Bethany Hamilton. Lorraine Nicholson, daughter of Academy Award Winner Jack Nicholson, will play Alana in the film that will premiere in April of 2011.


Pics, words, quotes, etc... from Rip Curl, Surfline, ASP, Reef, GrindTv, GoldCoast News, etc...

Tuesday

Kelly Gets Bronzed

Only slightly cooler looking than the Cardiff Kook, Florida unveils their bronze tribute to surfing's Champ10n of champions, Mr. Kelly Slater, on ironically "Kelly Slater Day", better known as November 17. The statue was inspired by the famous photograph taken by Tom Dugan at Sebastian Inlet and created by brother/sister synchronized sculpting team Sam and Tasha Drazich. Local police have filed several reports of WQSers seen sacrificing virgin surfboards to appease the Surf God.

Slater's statue joins the likes of other celebrities immortalized in bronze. Some of those include likenesses of Michael Jordan, Jim Thorpe, Bob Cousy, Magic Johnson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Dan Marino and even "Rocky." Slater said he's never seen those, but he occasionally pays homage to the Duke Kahanamoku statue in Waikiki by leaving a lei to honor "the father" of surfing.



Photos and quotes from various sources, including but not limited to surfline.com

Monday

Donkeys & Dings - A surf film by RVCA

So a few months ago the RVCA boys decided to head down to Mexico and shoot a little surf flick. I'm sure everyone has seen or heard of this by now, but what the hell.

Sunday

Happiness is Warm BMW - Part III








Another fine specimen of German engineering... slightly modified of course.

Tuesday

VANS Triple Crown of Surfing - HAS STARTED!!!


The biggest contest of the year has begun on the North Shore of Oahu (we're actually on day 5 now). Made up of 3-separate contests - The Reef Hawaiian Pro (now@ Halewia), O'Neill World Cup of Surfing (Nov 24@ Sunset Beach) and the coveted Billabong Pipe Masters (Dec 8@ Pipeline, duh), which is the final and most challenging stop of the WCT. With over $1,000,000 in prize money, the overall best performer of the 3 contests wins the Vans Triple Crown Bonus and has bragging rights and priority for life at any surf spot in the world. Oh yeah, there are some girl contests in between.




I watched most of the Reef Hawaiian Pro yesterday, which was being held in pumping Haleiwa. The heat of the day was the Clash of the Legends - Featuring a 4-man heat with former WCT Champions and surfing legends Tom Curren, Mark Occy Occhilupo, Tom Carroll and Sunny Garcia. To see these 40 year olds all scoring 9's in huge, overhead surf was both inspiring and humbling. They definitely set the bar for the rest of the competition (some less than half their age). Watch the highlights of the heat here.



The Vans Triple Threat bonus goes to the Men’s Vans Triple Crown Champ ($50,000), Women’s Triple Crown champ ($25,000), ASP Men’s World Champion ($50,000), winner of the Billabong Pipe Masters ($50,000). This $175, 000 Triple Threat bonus is in addition to the $875, 000 Triple Crown prize purse and totals a whopping $1 million dollar prize purse for the 2010 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

Thursday

Layback Larry Presents - Weekend at Larry's Art Show

My buddies at LaybackLarry.com are putting on an art show featuring the works of my artistically inclined friends. The show is next Friday, November 19th in Culver City (4500 Jefferson Blvd.)

Wednesday

Dues X Brixton = Thursday night @ Thailia

Thursday night, aka tomorrow, Thalia Surf Shop in Laguna Beach will be hosting the Dues x Brixton release party. Yes, I love Dues Ex Machina (see post below) and all their beautiful motorcycles, Brixton is a pretty rad clothing company that compliments the style (see the video below)... So I'm sure this thing will be fun. At 9pm everyone will be heading over to the Marine Room for drinks and music. See you there.




Brixton Holiday 2010 from BRIXTON on Vimeo.

Monday

Deus ex Machina - opens in Canggu, Bali


Just when you thought the raddest frickin motorcycle/Surf shop couldn't get any cooler, Dues Ex Machina (Latin for "God out of the Machine") open a full compound in the Mecca of Surf a.k.a Canggu, Bali. In a country where 90% of the population rides scooters and motorcycles and 90% of the tourists are traveling surfers and topless European girls... I couldn't have picked a better location. Their Bali complex - The Temple of Enthusiasm - will house a showroom, art gallery, workshop facilities, photography studio (run by Dustin Humphrey, see main photo of my blog), artists studio, and surfboard shaping bay. Uh, can I please move in? If I could design a dream home, it would include all of the above... and probably be in Bali.


I love their motorcycles. The design speaks my language and their retro resin-tinted twin-fins look amazing too. They also make fixed-gear bicycles. Is there anything these guys don't do that isn't amazing? (ok, maybe the fixed-gear bike thing, but still!). Check out their blog(s) too, always up to something fun (board swap meets, cycle swap meets, art shows, etc...).

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