Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SCORE racing... the most exciting racing!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

East L.A. innovators

Stussy x NEIGHBORHOOD - Boneyards II: Conspiracy with Trevelen from Stussy on Vimeo.

Summers pretty much over

in the Chicago area. Our lake is closed for the season :(
Here's some inspiration to look forward to next summer or a vacation :)

WWA Wake Park World Championships 2010 from Jan Kissmann on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

TORC Truck races - trucks flipping off jump

I got lucky I was filming the races on my camera (it's a little shaky, but not too bad) and caught the flips.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sideburn magazine #6

My favorite motorcycle magazine just released the new issue 6. Order it.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cruisin' Frankfort 2010 - August

Cruise Nights are held in down town Frankfort at the intersection of Ash St. and Kansas St. Look for the tall grainery tower, we're right below!

August 5th: Dodge Viper & stock 1900-1942 cars

August 12th: Rear & Mid-engine and Import Cars

August 19th: Vintage Scooters

August 26th: Rat Rods & Survivor Cars

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ben Horan in his back yard

and the video has one of my favorite songs.

ben horan from yan lecomte on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Never tried it, but would like to one day. Good starter video:

Motion Boardshop Trainer Kite Clinic - from Motion Boardshop on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Danny Grant again, at age 12

This kid rips!

Danny G. from tuti on Vimeo.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Why can't Honda America come out with this here?

Instead of the Japanese OEMs bringing a bunch of 250 motard version out, why not put this out as an option here? The 450s would sell and be super fun, and so would the 500.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

new parts from Japan

Found a guy on ebay that will get me any Japanese motorcycle parts I want. He's been really good to deal with too. His website is
I ordered a G'Craft head mounted oil cooler, Daytona oil dipstick gauge, and some Daytona blinkers & stays for my CT70.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Remote wakeskates

Company Wake's new wakeskate division is being headed up by Silas Thurman who has signed Ben Horan and Andrew Pastura as their team.  Should be some nice boards.  I might be looking to get one of these since Arson wakeskates are taking some time off to get things lined up.  Who knows when Arson will actually be producing boards that I can buy, but they should be nice when they do come out.  I think the owner is too busy wakeskating instead of producing boards... can you blame him?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Subaru limited Edition STi

This is what my dreams are made of:

Wish I had the money... I'd be in line for one.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sideburn Magazine - Issue 5 is out

In my opinion, this is one of the best magazines produced.

Get a copy at

Saturday, March 13, 2010

My Honda mini obsession

If one was to ask my wife what I'm usually preoccupied with she'd probably immediately say motorcycles.  I grew up riding small dirt bikes and my dad gave me my first Honda 50 for my 10th birthday.  I still remember walking to the back yard where my dad told me my present was and I remember pulling off a canvas cover off that little blue Honda z50.  I think it was a '73 since I remember it being blue.

My brothers and I had a couple of other bikes (a Honda CT70 and an XR75) that we tore up the front yard with.  We rode around in circles and wore paths in the front yard.  That's a lot for my dad to take since he prides himself in having the best looking yard in a 3000 mile radius of Lansing, IL. ;)

Fast forward about 30 years and my friends and are all into wakeboarding and going to wakeboarding events that you camp at and party for a half a week in the summer.  Great times.  So a few of our friends start showing up with Honda 50s and I'd say within 2 more years about 20-30 fiddies would show up at each event.  It became an obsession with a lot of us (especially me).  I couldn't be satisfied with just one bike as I always had that vintage old school thing in my head from when I was young.  I was reminiscing!

I started off buying a used Honda CRF50 and then modding it with better parts. Then I found an old Z50 so I had to have that too, but the motor wasn't that great so I had to find a crf50 to put in it.

Then it was the early hardtail Z50 that I became obsessed with (1968-1972).  I think I counted seven that I had at one time.

I still had all the other bikes too.  So I probably had 10ish bikes at one time.  My crf50 had grown into a full blown monster mod.  It was awesome, but I wasn't riding enough and spent a lot more time building bikes then riding, so I sold some of them off.
In the mean time I found a 1991 Honda CT70 that was street legal.  I picked that up and after a trip to the hospital for stitches since I jabbed a knife into my hand while at the guys house where I was buying it. I was trying to open a new package of ratchet straps with a 4" knife.  Woops.

Got that home and then my street legal craze started.  I wasn't riding in the dirt that much so I put more into the CT70.

I was going to build a street legal Honda Monkey Z50 project and had some awesome parts, but agonizingly decided not to build it and instead traded it my friend Dan for his '91 CT70, which I had sold to him about a year earlier.  I thought it was easier for me to sell the CT70 than to try to sell all those specialty parts.  So that CT70 is sitting in my garage today and I have someone coming over to buy it on Monday.  I currently have three '91 CT70s though, but only two after Monday (I hope).  The CRF50s are all long gone, as are the multiple other older Z50s.  I only have one Z50 left and that's for sale too. 
I'm getting rid of everything except my best CT70.
I have the motor for that bike gettting built up a bit, by Terry from FirePower Minis  (Takegawa 88 kit with Tak older race head, Tak 50mm crank, AHP 4 speed tranny with a TB Bikes manual clutch).  Should be a great running bike.  Terry knows his stuff.

So the obsession is still there and I don't think it'll be going away any time soon, but for now my wife and I have some smaller things we're working on ;)   My poor wife.

Next bike might be a Honda CB160 or if I had the money a custom street tracker, or a TR6 Triumph, or a panhead or ultimately a Knuckle-head Harley.  Some day...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Finally breaking down and I'm selling it or trading it :(

It's something I really love to do; build bikes and motorcycles, so this is a fond farewell to something that I just don't want to sink the cash into finishing.

My little street titled Z50 project that never got the wheels on.  The project has a street title frame, Takegawa swing-arm, Kayaba mono shock, new OEM Honda gas tank, and a Daytona seat.  The NSR 6-spoke rims are not part of the trade.  I'm keeping those as I may eventually put them on my CT70.

I'm possibly trading it to Dan for his '91 CT70, which I sold to him about a year and a half ago. If the trade goes through, it'll make three 1991 CT70s that I own. How's that happen?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Commuter bike

I've been thinking about making it a habit of riding a bike to work and back, hopefully on a daily basis. I think I'll need to buy a commuter bike, so there are a few things that I want in a commuter. I'd want an internally geared rear hub, prefer disk or drum brakes, lights, a generator, and fenders. Also I'd like something comfortable to ride. I'm not trying to set land-speed records, so comfort and quality is key.

So far I've found the Masi Soulville 7, a Torker Graduate, a Kona Ute, a Kona Worldbike, a Kona Dr. Fine,  a Civia Hyland, a Surly Big Dummy, or maybe one of the Scotts, which look awesome: sub20, sub35 Nexus or a sub40. The Scotts look great, as does the Kone Dr. Fine. Now I need to find them at a local bike shop and see and ride them.  That may prove harder than I think. So many options, so little money.