Monday, December 24
Sunday, December 23
And now, the best days are spent tinkering with old stuff. Today was one of those rare, crisp, sunny winter days that actually makes you glad to be in England. I played rockabilly to the kids as I made their their lunch (it makes them jump around in their seats; no modern music does.) Then I enjoyed a rare hour picking on my '63 Gretsch and actually worked out the breaks in Hank Harral's 'DJ Blues'... something I've been meaning to do for years.
After that I exposed the Dodge panel to the sunlight and took it on a brisk 20-miler, refreshing the fuel tank, warming the engine and rolling the wheels to avoid lay-up flat spots.
Choose old stuff. It will always make you happy.
Saturday, December 22
There was an interesting documentary about Slade on British TV last night and though I'd seen stills of them in their 1969 skinhead days, I'd never seen this footage of them playing this track off their first album. Great band... and Noddy Holder's voice is one of the best in rock. I think their look in the glam era got in the way of how good they really were.
Friday, December 21
All with the GKM bulldog logo, mesh back, brass centre button and snap back. One size fits nearly all.
$25 including to shipping anywhere in the world. Buy yours HERE.
Thursday, December 20
I loved it. But it must rank as one of the ugliest bikes I've ever owned.
Wednesday, December 19
After many years doing this blog I am repeating myself ... sorry ... but I was really influenced by the early incarnation of Eric Webb's bike.
I still like this look.
Tuesday, December 18
Monday, December 17
Friday, December 14
Remember, we still have some small GKM wolfie tees on sale for just $15 including shipping. HERE.
Thursday, December 13
Wednesday, December 12
Tuesday, December 11
Monday, December 10
Sunday, December 9
Friday, December 7
I know, I know... but it's hard not wishing away the cold, dark winter days when your mind wanders to next year's road trips.
There is lots to look forward to in 2013 and lots more of this (above, me and Con on the way back from Germany)... riding with friends, with all you need packed in a bag, to places unknown.
My '52 gearbox is being rebuilt by Richard Millard at the moment... will soon be back on the road to catch those rare winter days when it isn't icy and wet.
Thursday, December 6
Can't wait. This bike is really something else!
And if you want a hat like Terry's to keep your brain pan from freezing now the snow's here, we still have a few GKM trucker hats left in the store, in red/white and black/white... HERE.
Wednesday, December 5
If you're a UK subscriber, the new issue should be hitting your doormat today or tomorrow.
Let me know what you think of the new one.
Tuesday, December 4
The Stranglers didn't think much of Sweden. Perhaps it was a different place when Hugh Cornwell lived there in the early seventies. He evidently isn't into bikes; he left the motorcycling to Jean-Jacques.
To prove The Stranglers wrong we are going to publish a feature on this bitchin' Triumph chopper, bought to our attention by our mate Ulf Forsberg. It's not just the clouds that are interesting on the eastern front.
I wrote a letter to the NME about The Stranglers in 1977 – I was a big fan – but they didn't publish it.
Monday, December 3
First my friend Roger in Oz broke both arms a few weeks ago when a car turned suddenly in front of him... his newly built Shovel now needs rebuilding again. Then my wife broke her ankle when our son suddenly stopped his scooter in front of her. And then I heard that Caleb Owens had broken his leg in a bike accident in LA.
Caleb as you know is a top-notch bike builder; he is an intelligent and nice man who is talented in many other areas too, working in the movie business and making his own beautifully crafted parts. I cnn't to claim to know him well, but well enough to appreciate how difficult it must be for such a focused and busy guy – with a new baby – to deal with a bad accident like this, even without the pain and rehab that goes with it.
My thoughts are with him and everyone out there who is down but not out. Heal soon. Roll on 2013.
Sunday, December 2
Friday, November 30
Here's the deal: if you do a good deed – volunteer, help someone less fortunate than yourself – you could be rewarded not just by a nice fuzzy warm feeling inside, but some very nice biker swag from names like Vanson, Biltwell, S&S and Speed Merchant.
Walter will tell you more HERE.
Thursday, November 29
Wednesday, November 28
- Dr Sprocket reminds us how it was: like buying a Knuck for $500...
- Bought in a yard sale, Jon’s ‘66 Bonnie: a survivor with only 189 miles on the clock
- Matt Barker’s ever-changing ‘69 Shovel... a luscious San Diego lane-splitter
- A girl can dream: Linda Norberg’s perfect Pan from Sweden
- The Trip Out! Like, far out, man... the UK event everyone's gabbing about
- Stroker! Olav’s track-bound ‘42 WLA from Norway
- Shop profile: UK’s Skullchopa, where Knuck and Pan is spoken!
- Steve’s ‘68 Sporty, built in an afternoon using just a pair of flip flops and some Araldite
- Virtuoso performance: amazing ‘52 K from the Japanese mountains
- The mighty Juxtapod: art of glass – a jaw-dropping Swedish collaboration
It will be shipping from Monday.
Tuesday, November 27
Monday, November 26
Mr Pat Comer and I will be back in Verona on January 18-20, flying the flag for England, heroic drinking and shambolic amateurism.
Come and see us to buy a magazine, hat (we'll have some new colours for the show) or a tee. I will picking a bike for the award ceremony.
It's a crazy experience. Pizza by the metre, universal male eyebrow plucking, strange coloured alcohol, prostitutes, 100 foot tall motorcycles, wheelying Lambrettas, men in tweed plus-fours. See you there.
Friday, November 23
Thursday, November 22
You have much to be thankful for.
I took this photo in the Hollywood hills a couple of years ago as the sun was going down and Matt and I had ridden his bikes up for a beer at a hillside bar. A very memorable and enjoyable night.
Sad I didn't get over to the States this year. I will next!