Friday, May 28, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

 Gip's place.  Bessemer, AL
Pensacola, FL May 2010.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Joe Bruton

It is rare that I meet people other people from west Texas in Alabama.  Joe Bruton is a fellow west Texan relocated to Birmingham, Al and he is of rare character.  He might be a distant relative.  We are both shaped like horse riding is in our lineage: lanky and bowlegged.  Perhaps this explains the fascination with the two wheeled motor-cart.  Joe is set apart from the crowd though because he's an expert and he cares; it shows in his work.   His life's work is motorcycle restoration (with some racing and museum work webbed into his extended past).

We clicked over the subject of adventure.  Not only does this man know his way around the gas combustion engine, but he has stories to tell about two wheeled flights from Austin to San Diego, as well as many other places on the map.  He also tells racing stories.  He understands that special kind of TLC that unusual bikes need to go both far and fast.  In addition, he is excited to share stories and expertise with the curious.  Well, Joe, your advice has been put well to work in the flyin'shoes basement.  And you will be proud to know that even though I don't use many original parts on my rig, they are all stored safely away for that day when somebody wants them.  Thanks for sharing the love!
And thanks for the last photo Taichi!  You're an artist.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


This silver bullet has been in the basement for a while going through changes.  The gentlemen/owner pictured with motorbike works weekends so we have been working on Tues and Wed evenings for a hand full of months, reworking it to his specific liking.  It came to life last week and was put on the road this.  Good vibrations.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Arkansas and Mississippi.  Levon Helm is unbeatable at 70 years of age and post throat cancer.  Camped in the rain near his hometown of Helena Arkansa.  Sang songs in the car with Nick and Bowles.