Thursday, January 31, 2013

Little lunch cruise on the '37 UL today in the beautiful SoCal sunshine...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Washington State Chopper

We went up to the mountains for some riding.

It was pretty and we saw a period perfect two-up chopper.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Born-Free 5 update

We've been working hard to get rolling this year with the poster and tickets for the bike giveaway at Born-Free 5. We have another amazing piece of art from Adam Nickle that shows how up in the air the choices are this year since you will be able to pick ONE of EIGHTEEN custom built motorcycles from the invited builders at Born-Free 5! That's right, you can pick the bike you like most out of the 18 involved and it could be a Triumph, Sportster, Shovelhead, Panhead, or a Knucklehead! Your wildest dreams could come true!

Anyway, the posters and tickets are going to print this week, so stay tuned to the Born-Free blog for all the details and don't wait once they hit!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rock and Roll this saturday

My friend Michael Barragan is playing a show this saturday night at a little place called the Viper Room in LA. They go on a 9pm SHARP!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Awesome UL

My friend Chase sent me this picture of his grandpa's UL taken somewhere between '46-50. What an amazing bike! In a VL chassis, little rear fender, Flanders bars and risers, chrome frontend and wheels, and the early MCM type fishtails... Original cool!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

My '37 UL

Ive been on an off building this '37 UL for a year and a half to two years now maybe. I bought a own up motor and a roller off craigslist in the San Fernando valley from a nice guy named Brian that had some unfortunate things happen in his quest to get it on the road.
My vision started with selling everything except the motor and knuckle frame with a pan neck. I took the blown up motor to Smokey, I built an early Trans, fixed a bunch of stuff on the frame, and started learning about and collecting '37 parts. Fast forward and you have this-and almost done mutt of an early bike. Was hoping to fire it up today, but alas... Gotta get home and hang out with the little woman an Clyde.
Soon. Gotta have it broke in to ride to the Love Cycles party in march...

Friday, January 4, 2013

Stolen 2008 ZX10R in SoCal

Oliver from Cut Rate had his ZX10R stolen last night in Costa Mesa, California.

Maryland plate D52611
Vin. jkazxce1x8a008077

M4 full pipe. Motion pro throttle. Black wind screen, cracked(repaired) front fender.

Please keep your eyes open! Email me if you know anything

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


So back in the 60's Joe Alphabet built this crazy panhead chopper in a ridiculously molded frame. It was featured in a '67 Cycle Guide by Tom McMullen and the story ended with it being bought by an austrailian surfer and gone down under. Well flash forward 6 or so years and it's on the cover of street chopper like it was a fresh build by a whole new shop-what gives? Anyway holy shit this frame resurfaces in Japan at our friend Duas Caras shop. I had the Indian scout girder, we made a deal and then low and behold there it is in japan with a Stroker Knucklehead in it, and who is doing hot laps? This guy! Ron at Duas caras was not only generous enough to let me take this two wheeled earthquake around the show, but let me take off on the streets of Nagaoya with it when we visited his shop. What a treat- highlight of 2013 for sure, never did I think this would happen when I first saw that article 12 years ago!

Happy 2nd day of 2013

From the Vard Bros.