Showing posts with label Big twin flathead. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Big twin flathead. Show all posts

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Our friends over at BLENDS are doing another limited edition Vans shoe and for some reason wanted to use this fat and ugly guy for a "model". I hope the shoes do well despite me!
Here's the video they shot at the Cycle Lodge. The shoes come out in a couple days and I guess are gone within a few hours normally! CLICK HERE to get more info

BLENDS X VANS OLD SKOOL from Mickey Aure on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Old motorcycles!

Are fun! Had fun on the '37 last Saturday. Ran into some friends along the way. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Stuff dreams are made of...

You need to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee...a lot!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

1937 UL

Got the first of Harpoon's new Vard Frontends installed and operational on my '37. Looks and rides great! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Getting the new/old dash setup on the '37 UL. Took a while to round up all the parts, but I'm loving it.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Nice day

Supposedly over 80 degrees today here in SoCal... Got 60-70 miles in on the '37

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Enjoying every mile as I break in the '37 UL.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Got some more seat time on the '37 this weekend as I am in the hardest part of riding a new bike with a fresh motor...the break in period. Slow and easy miles around town sure don't rack up like you think they would!
It is fun none the less. Mike is enjoying his kiyo built ULH too.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

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

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...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Swapped springers and the rear fender on the '37...much better!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

WR awesomeness

Just found these pics of this great and rare WR race motor on the Garage Company blog. Such a great looking motor! This was the inspiration for my UL cam cover.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

On the lift blues

Gotta get this thing off the lift improve for my sanity! That and to sit on it for the first time. Sure wish I had an early rear fender, anyone wanna trade for i think an original paint panhead fender? Might have to paint that chain guard too...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

UL Motor and trans are done!

Picked up my '37 UL motor from Smokey's the other day and couldn't be happier! Nothing crazy here, just some reliable old side valve power. Factory aluminum heads, relieved 11-fin 74" cylinders, 0.040"-over pistons, stock cams and bottom end, 1965 XL auto advance timer.
I cut most the fins off the cam cover, cleaned up one of the heads from a past fin repair, redid the rough old  relieving job in the cylinders and ported the runners and the intake. Thanks Righteous Joe for the hook up on the cylinders! Thanks Paul for the exhaust valves in a heavy pinch! Thanks to Jeff in Oregon for the timer and possibly the last set of new chrome early valve covers that came through at the 11th hour. 
Anyway, it's done!

Spent the weekend working on my trans over at Domenic's garage under his watchful, knowledgeable, and helpful eyes. couple of parts hiccups, but i got it done. Put oversize kicker shaft bushings in yesterday and had Smokey hone them to fit the HD one-piece kick arm.

I do love spending time with either Domenic or Smokey because they are both highly experienced and very willing to teach those willing to learn. Thanks guys! Since i was a teenager i have tried to surround myself with people smarter than i am for this reason. 
Now i gotta get on finishing my frame!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

UL progress

After a few parts hiccups my UL motor is allllmost done. Was over at smokey's late last night and he wanted to put the top end on since I brought over the discontinued new screw down valve covers. We had the tops of the pistons ceramic coated and tr skirts coated in an abratable powder coating so he could put a little more prison to cylinder clearance in the motor (HD says the flathead should have 0.001" which is pretty tight. The coating wears in the cylinder to a snug fit and keeps the motor quiet with 0.003-0.004" clearance. We'll see. Supposed to help reduce wear too.
Gonna try and put the Trans together today.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

1939 Harley UL motor for sale

Flathead fever! (SALE PENDING)
Nice 1939 UL motor to start a project with. Matching belly numbers, nice VIN, 13 fin 80" ULH cylinders, new old stock Flathead Power aluminum high compression heads. Nice looking cases with only minor welding on an old front left side motor mount fix. No carb, or generator. The motor seems to be in decent shape, would probably need just a light refresh/clean-up and misc little parts will consider quick sale with bill or sale, but i am working on getting a title for a little more. email for questions or to buy

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Getting somewhere with the springer for the UL. Got the front legs done last night. Also had to straighten one of the rear legs that was a little tweaked upon closer inspection. Feels good to have it all mocked up on the frame finally! Gotta do a little paint and reassembly.

Even though Harpoon hates it, i like this old possibly buchanans job, it's 2 3/8" over like an XA but has the loong rear leg gusset. But now I have to finish the half a dozen fixes on the frame so I can start putting te bike together for good.