THE HANDBUILT MOTORCYCLE SHOW, AUSTIN TX, APRIL 10-11
Now in its second year, the Handbuilt Show, designed and curated by those seriously clever boys over at Revival Cycles,are facing that familiar conundrum normally reserved for musicians, filmmakers and Ad men…that is, how to top that first major success?
Last year’s event was a triumph of splendid machinery, art and gasoline culture, meticulously arranged within an old corrugated metal warehouse.
With a handful of carefully selected art displays, the wall of Death and the coolest of vibes that Austin has in bucket-loads, one came away from the weekend feeling all that was right with the world. It certainly felt inclusive, which is one of the main aims of the show.
Not only is the event a dead cert for epic, awesome motorcycle builds, moto art and culture, the weekend beautifully coincides with MotoGP, the premier class of motorcycle racing worldwide, who will be rolling into town for the 2nd round taking place at one of the racers favorites, The Circuit of the Americas.
Not to try to trump that, we’ll also be unveiling something special at the show.
So if you’ve nothing planned, y’all should pop along, take in the spectacle and watch out for some of MotoGP’s finest, who often stop by to admire the magnificence that is the Handbuilt Show.
PRODUCT FEATURE – NEW PARTS FOR OUR NEW BUILD
For those of you paying attention, you may have picked up on the fact that we are in the throws of a new build….yep, the very same one that will be making it’s way up to The Handbuilt Show in Austin TX April 10th-11th.
But before we give the game away entirely, we wanted to highlight some of the excellent new products we’ve recently added to dimecitycycles.com. These are no ordinary products as they deliver form and function – beautiful design and ridiculous technical superiority to give maximum performance.
Enough of this hyperbole! We hear you say – just go check this little lot out and see if you can figure out what we’re going to be unveiling at The Handbuilt Show;
PODIUM FINISHES FOR TEAM SCOTT/DIME CITY CYCLES AT AHRMA ROUND 2, NOLA
This weekend (27 – 29 March), the fearless duo of Scott Turner and Scot Fiedler trekked some serious miles to reach the beautiful NOLA Motorsports Park circuit in New Orleans.
Unlike Roebling Road, this circuit was troublesome at first due to the ongoing construction at the track with the forthcoming Formula 1 racing, so the track was loaded with dust, debris, and ripples from the construction equipment. The track got better throughout the weekend so long as you didn’t get off line or off track as the infield was a swampy mess, due to heavy rainfall.
If you’ve never been to this track, it’s 2.75 miles with a one-mile front stretch and more turns then Roebling Road, which made for more exciting racing in and out of the corners.
From a set up perspective, there were no real major changes from the last race except tire pressure and fuel mileage due to longer track distance and more corners.
From a racers standpoint, racing at NOLA is great fun with more technical corners and a fast long front straight; the overall facility is bigger than most with go kart track, paddock garages, shops, and gear rental.
The team experienced a lot of mechanical issues from piston arms coming out of the block (Scott Turner) to having to borrow a piston and cylinder just to race on Sunday(Scot Fiedler) then tear the motor back down again.
In spite of the challenges, Scot Fiedler came 4th on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday in the Formula 125 class with the difference in time between 2nd and 3rd being only 3 thousandths of a second – a great battle for sure!
Scott Turner got a 1st and a 3rd in Sportsman 500 , a 1st and a 2nd in Sportsman 350.
All in all, a great result, building on the positive start to the season.
Next stop: – Round 3, April 24 – 26 Willow Springs International Raceway, Rosamond CA
MODERN CLASSICS BY MARTIN MOTORSPORTS
March saw us supporting a number of events – VJMC Eustis, Rockers vs Mods (Dallas), Eurobike and Look Twice Cincy.
But one event in particular, Martin Motosport’s Modern Classic event in Boyerton PA, now in its 6 year, has grown into a must-attend event for your calendars.
With over 1400 attendees and over 100 exhibitors, it’s become one of the firm favorites for bike builders and vendors alike. Check out the pictures from this great event and mark your calendars to attend in 2016
CUSTOMER BUILD – Bob Ranew’s Honda CL 450
I finally got around to photographing my first true build. After I purchased a custom bike from John Ryland at Classified Moto (BTW I was his first paying customer) I fell in love with the process of transforming a forgotten bike into something special. So a co-worker, Jerry Bodrie, approached me about helping him build a Honda Scrambler. After searching Craigslist we discovered what looked like a great candidate in Tennessee about 300 miles from Raleigh. So, we borrowed a truck and made the trip. Man, do things always look better in photos. The 1974 CL450 was in pretty bad shape; there was a title and it would crank but that was about it. Almost no brakes (that was a shocker) and a heavy layer of black gunk on most of the mechanicals meant we had our hands full.
After we got it home we carried it down some steps into Jerry’s basement. Each Tuesday night after work we were at it. We took it down to the frame. That was the quick and fun part. Then starting with the fork seals it was one challenge after another. Cutting wires that should have never been touched. Burning the skin off our hands with aircraft stripper. Losing parts, and just making a general mess of things. But looking back on it, we learned from our mistakes and we never gave up.
We replaced the original tank with one from a 1974 CB450 (not a Scrambler) which started to change the look of the bike. As we cut the tail section, painted the wheels and added some vintage Firestone ANS tires, and removed, cut and ground off everything non-essential, the statement this bike was going to make began to emerge. We bolted on all the usual cafe bits and bobs, added some moto bars, fabricated and padded the world’s most uncomfortable seat (which has since been redone), re-built the brakes, cleaned and lightly polished the aluminum parts, fabbed-up a new Scrambler exhaust and also had fun painting the raised letters on the firestone tires. We also got the speedo, grips, gators and shocks from Dime City Cycles.
We didn’t do it all on our own, we did get help from folks more knowledgeable and experienced than us on the trickier items like re-wiring the electrical and re-jetting carbs.
This bike will always remain special to me and it kick-started my next 4 builds at Redeemed Cycles (FB link). The experience demonstrated what I believed to be true: with an eye for design and some basic mechanical aptitude, a regular Joe can actually build a pretty sweet bike.
(Published with kind permission from Bob Ranew)