Hootis

Friday, December 31, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Butt-aco update.




Starting to get a good visual now. Not sure what to do about exhaust yet.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pretty neat old rat truck....




.....saw runing down the road.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cb 750 Resto.......done.

Have a look:

Full write up coming soon.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Flying Breadpan....

... my friend Lee and I rode the MN 1000 last weekend, this year it was two days. We had a good ride, just over 2000 miles and 14th place. Not bad for an old Yamaha XS1100 missing 3rd gear, and sporting a home-made sidecar, fashioned from old breadpans.



Monday, June 7, 2010

New Hootis shop maybe....







.... we'll see if it works out.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Barn find...

...actually it was a garage sale of sorts.


1978 SR500 loaded with cool old school speed bits.


Friday, April 23, 2010

New web site.. sneek peek.

... hopefully coming soon:


Monday, April 19, 2010

Butt-taco project...


Thanks to a picture from Jon, I've found some direction for my Bultaco project. What could be better than a 250 2-stroke chopper?

Low res, but great action....

.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHU1B4mICHA&feature=player_embedded

Thursday, April 1, 2010

First ride of the season....

....on the first bike I ever had. In highschool my best friend and I bought a Bridgestone 175 Dual Twin, it hardly ran, but we tore up the countryside anyway. We were up at his place Sunday so I went for a short putt.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hanging out with my brother-in-law Ike.



Ike was over last weekend, and we enjoyed the nice weather by getting my old Toro stuck... twice.




We also had some good shop time builiding him a Derby car.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Classic Stuff....

...vintage Clint Eastwood, with some cool motorcycle verbage.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/104163/highway-patrol-motorcycle

Sunday, March 7, 2010

1998 Harley Davidson FLSTS Springer Project

On or about the 4th of October of this year I acquired this 1998 FLSTS.
It had some transmission trouble, and I had a hanker en to build something.


I knew I wanted to chop it into some kind of old school bobber type thing, but didn't have any inspiration. After looking thru some books, I found this white, and green Flathead that the Harley Davidson Museum did has a tribute to the Booze Fighters Motorcycle Club, and there famous Hollister incident, which also inspired the Marlon Brando movie The Wild Ones.

I didn't like the idea of green though, and so my search for inspiration continued. I've always had a love for airplanes as well, and I was inspired by a famous airplane called a GeeBee. A racing plane from the early 30's made famous by its notorious danger, and a famous pilot, Jimmy Doolittle.

I had a plan, and if you have been following my blog, or read my previous posts you'll see the progression to what you see here:




I own a Harley Davidson...

....after spending 11 + years at a Harley Davidson dealer, one month before my departure I finally bought one. Now that I'm not in the business, it feels kind of weird to wear a HD shirt, and have someone ask me "Do you have a Harley", because I can answer yes.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pretty nice lookin speedo...

....got the speedo done. What do you think?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pretty sweet Trans-Am racer.

Leighton Reese and I built this car completely from scratch. The chassis is made from round, and square tubing for added rigidity. There were some rules, that allowed for a lighter car, and we built this car specifically for them. Four speed, 5-bolt wheels, over slung front clip, quick-change rear-end. It was powered by a 302 Chevyrolet making about 610Hp, we raced it in the SCCA Trans-Am series.

The quick-change alone was pretty trick, we flipped it around, and ran the driveshaft thru, what was the back cover, via a custom driveshaft
. It took about an hour to change the gears, but that was still quick by comparison.

The body was a stock ASA oval track body when we started. We sectioned 4 inches out of the doors, and roof. Molded, and built our own front fenders, and hood. The decklid, hood, roof, and fenders we re-popped in carbon fiber.

It was a pretty awesome car at the time, and very competitive, especially on a per dollar basis, compared to our competition.

It was an awesome expierance, and extremly educational.

..more old school.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hootis in the old school race shop...


....with my buddy Racer Brown. The good ole days.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My trip this summer...


...somewere in Labrador Canada. 600 miles from nowhere, a lot of gravel, and all alone.





Making good progress now on the CB750.





Also putting a lot of thought into how the cl450 should look when its done.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New job...

The springer is alomost done. Hopefully Friday, I'll post some pics and an update this weekend.
Been kind of busy lately with starting a new job. :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

So I lied....

...one more picture before its all done....