Posts Tagged ‘custom motorcycles

22
Mar
13

Did someone say Spring…..

According to the internet: Spring began with the vernal equinox at 7:02 A.M. (EDT) on March 20, 2013 in the Northern Hemisphere. However, someone forgot to send Old Man Winter the memo. I saw a post on Facebook that said, “I think its time for Old Man Winter to get Mother Nature drunk and have some fun making Spring”. I promise to provide the alcohol!! Anything they want!
But, smile… it is coming so get that bike in shape and get ready to ride!!

Lady Godiva on wheels… loosing patience with that darn Old Man Winter!!

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14
Jun
12

I’m back… I think!!

Its been way too long since I have visited all my readers here on the old blog. I am just touching base to let everyone know where I was…
My dad had a sever decline in health early last year and I spent some of it taking care of him down in California. He was, at times a real trooper. Then there were the times when he went kicking and screaming! It was a journey for all involved. In November, just after Thanksgiving, he lost the good fight but he was ready. Not that it made it any easier for the rest of us….
One of the things my father and I talked about was my website, Motorcycle Travel America.com. He loved his Harley and loved the thought that we had motorcycles in common. He wanted me to continue on with the website and enjoy my life on the back of my bikes. Although it has been a tough grind to make the website do all I want it to do, my dad helped make the decision to forge ahead. Thanks Dad!
Yesterday was my grandest meeting with the web gurus and the search for funding has begun! The need to explain why motorcyclists need more than 10 waypoints on a map of a road trip proved to be difficult but I was successful!  Now the real work begins. Business plans, proposals and charts are all I will be working on for the next month. My sweet little trike sits down in Chandler, AZ in the talented hands of Jason Sarratt from Hellcat Customs. Although I would love to be out riding her… and I would… I know that I need to get some things done first. Jason has been so patient with me and I love he and Kelly for it. There will be lots of fun to come and many more stories to be written but they will have to wait for now.
So, there you have it. I couldn’t leave everyone wondering where I went and what had happened to me. Life.. that’s what happened to me. We all have our stories! Stay tuned and I will keep writing and let everyone know where I am and how its going. If there are hiccups and I stay away too long, I will always be back!

Lady Godiva on wheels getting back on the horse.

28
Sep
11

Las Vegas, here we come!

My bags are packed and Im ready to go…. Las Vegas Bikefest is calling my name.  I feel like Im waiting to give birth. Really! Think about it; I conceived a baby..the reverse trike idea, I found the best OBGYN…builder Jason Sarratt of Hellcat Customs, I’ve seen the ultra-sound…the teaser pictures from Jason, and now I wait to see what the little critter comes out looking like…at the Las Vegas Bikefest.
This is the last picture I have seen… notice that its not a whole picture! Jason is such a tease…

Now, as Jason has made perfectly clear…. What I am about to see in Las Vegas is simply the bike with the concept showing but, its not the finished product. My beautiful baby will be worked on until early spring… pre-mature birth and she still needs the tender love and care of her pediatrition…yup, you guessed it. Jason!  I dont even care! I will be falling in love in a matter of days….Im on the count down…Wednesday, Thursday, Friday!! Stay tuned to Motorcycle Travel America’s Facebook page for the baby pictures and videos.

A very happy Lady Godiva on wheels, packed and more than ready to go.
FYI.. my spell check is mal-functioning so no wise-cracks about my spelling. Im tired!

03
Sep
11

It’s all about the lean and Jason knows lean….

You may remember in the last post that I posed the question about the bikes leaning ability to Jason of Hellcat Customs. Here are a couple of pictures that will back up his response….
Now that’s what I call “lean”.  Take a good look at that! Awesome….

Lady Godiva on wheels…. leaning….really leaning… way over, LOL

19
Oct
10

The big reveal…. Dorothy’s new duds!

How do you go from the box at the left to the first Brammo Enertia ever to have custom paint? Well, when you know someone like Jason Sarratt from Hellcat Customs, it’s really easy to do. Here is what Jason said about the job I put before him. He calls it “the story of the work” and I couldn’t say it better so, I didn’t!

“Ok, I’m not very good talking to large groups of people… I prefer to be a silent hidden force behind making things better. I’m also an artist, which means I’ve never done anything I felt was good enough and I’ve always completed things not with a feeling of accomplishment but the thought of how next time I could improve…a emotional flaw that tends to drive my loved ones nuts. I always do well, but, I never feel I did enough…an artist sickness I guess.
Judy asked me to help her do a tribute bike honoring a hero of hers… and now one of my lil girls as well. The subject matter was Dot Robinson, a woman who all you women in motorcycling should thank, for without what she did you all would still not be accepted in racing or being on the front seat.
God always has a funny way of testing me, pushing me and often just seems to laugh at me, this project was no exception. Judy and others helped get my shop back up and running after some of the speed bumps in life almost made me give up on the shop all together. When she asked me to do this I was honored.  Unfortunately, the shop not only came back but it boomed so much that I was working 7 days a week trying to fight to get deadlines met and Judy patiently waited. When Judy and I had our first phone conversation a few weeks back I agreed to make sure she had her finished parts back by the 15th for some promo work she wanted to do to support the fabulous company that created the electric scoot and my paint was to show the world electric bikes can be cool customs too. A storm came through AZ a week or so later, so quick and so unlike AZ weather…in 18 years I’ve never seen hail in Phoenix. At the shop there was more than 100 grand worth of damage done to some very high-end cars, but what I worried about was the lil electric bike. I did what I could to hide some of the lil flaws in the custom mixed pink paint but pearls are almost impossible to fix on the fly so I did what I could to hide it from the camera lens and your average onlooker. The parts looked like they would work so Kerry, my partner, made me pack and ship them. My kid helped pack them up and we sent them out FedEx. Pink is not a base coat color offered in color swatches. Judy asked me to match a pink envelope she received a thank you letter from Kelly in after she helped us so much. The letter meant something to Judy and the color she felt would be perfect.I decided to toss in some airbrushed highlights on the pink and covered it with a white pearl so that the bike would appear to glow, even when the sun doesn’t shine just like the bikes owner. Judy asked me to make sure to put Brammo back on the plastic, Brammo even sent me a letter with decals in several colors for the job. I will put one on my tool box I guess being I chose to not use them on this project. I decided I loved the “bull” logo the company started using, so in dark pink I put that logo on the side. The bull is a strong powerful organic image yet the symbol doesn’t tell you the name…I thought it would inspire folks to ask the owner what the symbol means and would make them learn about the bike rather than just reading a name and moving on. People need to know what it is… why it is and learn more than just the name Brammo. They need to have curiosity lead them to education from an owner and fan, not just a name they see in the news.On one panel is the free-handed image of Dot herself, with her leather pilot’s head-gear and goggles. I also wrote DOT above, just as Dot had on her sidecar racers. The next panel was partially taken from a photo of Dot racing her sidecar and had a man pushing her out of a rut…I deleted the man, cause she didn’t need a mans help. I also put her in a night wooded environment to show the unsure dangerous environment she powered through to become the godmother of motorcycles.The lower panel on the other side is a shield with the “Motor Maids Inc” logo, which I’ll prob get in trouble for using…This is one of Dots accomplishments. She helped found the female club which later turned into an Inc. Dot and her sisters changed the motorcycle world with small steps.The panel above that has the AMA logo, a checkered flag, and a trophy. Dot was a major competitor in a MAN’s sport during a time where the glass ceiling was a lot lower, women always wore dresses, and had nothing more to look forward to than to settle down and have children and a man’s house to care for. Not this one. She dawned leather boots and coats, straddled a bike and out rode the men who looked down on her over and over. She earned a place in AMA’s hall of fame and is an icon in the world of racing and american motorcycles…its really not enough considering all she did. 

To all you women out there!
When you see this lil electric bike I lovingly call a “Re-cycle” stop and look. Kneel down and look at the artwork. Stare into the eyes of the portrait I tried to do justice to and say “Thank You Dot”. Thank Judy for not only educating you on the future of two-wheeled transportation and environmental improvement, but also thank her for introducing you to Dot… Without Dot you wouldn’t be riding Harleys or racing with the boys. Judy is an inspiration all her own. That could be another story from me. But for now just know I did what I could to do Dot and Judy justice…even though I may not be happy because of the slings and arrows that caused me stress and flaw I pushed on doing what I could with what I had just like Dot! It’s not perfect just yet, but I beat the clock, won the race against time and Dot and Judy’s efforts were the inspiration behind getting it done and continuing to push for perfection in my craft.”  Amen, Jason!! Amen!
If you know someone like Jason, you can get the kind of work that will have my Enertia showing up in magazines and becoming a star! So… here is the big reveal…if you were here, it would take your breath away!

This is where Dorothy lives with the '06 HD Road King and the Honda dirt bike.

This is where Dorothy lives with the '06 HD Road King and the Honda dirt bike.

She is in some really good company!

"Dr Dave" Murray pulled her out into the driveway

He put on gloves and laid his coat on the ground for her.

He was nearly done but a good job can not be rushed

And then she was done! Absolutely gorgous!!

Dorothy’s first outing will be tomorrow night when we attend our club meeting for the TNC Motorcycle Club here in Beaverton, Oregon.  Everyone is very anxious to see the final result of all Jason’s efforts. And, I am anxious to show her off.

I want to thank everyone that followed this story. This isn’t the end but, just the beginning. Jason and I have more ideas and there may be more to tell. Dorothy will be going to the “Vegas Bike Week” in 2011 so Jason can show his efforts in supporting the new wave E-motorcycles. We will be showing the world that you can do custom paint on the new E-V’s as well as you can with the ICE bikes. If we can talk Brammo into allowing us, Jason is planning to do a GREEN custom modification, not just paint, on an Enertia, also for the “Vegas Bike Week”. We can show the world that E-motorcycles are closer to being like the ICE bikes than those doubters out there think!! So, stay tuned because there are lots more to come and we hope you will stay for the ride ahead.

A very special thank you goes out to Jason’s lovely pink haired woman, Kelly (@FieryPinkGirl on Twitter) and his sweet little daughter, the Monkey! You guys have been so wonderful and I love you like crazy! But, mostly to the artistic efforts of Jason, himself!

Lady Godiva on wheels…looking at my bike and swelling up with pride.  She is so beautiful!

20
Aug
10

Dorothy goes “Bobber”…..

Today Dorothy got a visit from “Doctor Dave”, my field rep, Dave Murray.  Imagine my surprise to find out that he was secretly trying to turn her into a “Bobber”. Oh, the evil plan of a mad doctor!!

Ok, it wasnt an evil plan but, we did get a good laugh looking at my little electric “bobber” bike!!  Change out the back tire and extend the rake? What do ya think?
I will do a post later about what REALLY happened and why “Doctor Dave” stripped my bike nearly naked…

Lady Godiva on wheels, lovin Dorothy as a “bobber”…LOL

19
May
10

My weekend rendezvous with the bike from Tilting Motor Works..

As I have written in a prior blog, https://mtajudy.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/i-might-have-to-rethink-the-traditional-trike/ , I have been looking for the bike that I can ride, even though I am a 55-year-old grandmother of four.
As I have said many times, the thought of riding a bike that doesn’t lean or feel like a motorcycle is not at all appealing. Yet, I have to admit that muscling a big bike around is no longer as easy as it once was. I have looked at all kinds of bikes and I have yet to find one that fits the bill…. until now!
I have been watching the Tilting Motor Works come along in the production of a three-wheeled motorcycle, for a couple of years now. I asked permission to come up and see the operation and interview the owner and his crew. To that he replied, “I am the crew, a crew of one.”  At the time, there was very little to see, but we kept in touch via emails and I anticipated seeing the bike when it was ready. I watched every one of the YouTube videos that showed the leaning abilities of the mechanism attached to a bike, riding down the street and making maneuvers that a two-wheeled bike makes. However, it is no match to actually seeing it in front of you, and that’s what I had the chance to do.
Bob Mighell (pronounced Mile), the owner and designer/developer of this fabulous mechanism, emailed me to let me know that he was, indeed, taking the trip from his home in Marysville,Washington, down to Southern California, to show off the Harley Davidson Road King with the leaning mechanism attached. It was the first long trip with the finished prototype, to test it out and see what the bike could do. (Read the Tilting Motor Works blog..http://tiltingmotorworks.wordpress.com/  for updates on his journey and to whom he expects to show the bike.) He offered to stop by and let me see the bike.. to which I jumped at the chance.
I have to tell you that I was as sick as a dog with allergies but, Saturday morning I dragged my butt out of the house and went to see the bike I had been waiting so long to see. We met in a local restaurant parking lot directly off the I-5 freeway, to make it easier for him to find his way back on. Bob was a lovely person and passionate about the bike.
We went over the mechanism and how it was attached, how it worked, and some changes that were to be made. The mechanism was fabulous. It was perfectly placed for a low center of gravity, stout with nice welds, smoothly moving parts, well placed bracing, and more than enough weight to the metal to make it worth a lifetime of riding pleasure. And then, Bob leaned the bike. I was speechless!! I hadn’t expected it to nearly touch the ground.
I wanted to ride it myself, in the worst way… but, I knew what this guy had riding on his Road King and I happily settled for a spin on the back. If you didn’t know that the bike had two wheels in the front, you wouldn’t have known it from the ride, either. It flowed, it cornered, it banked, it made the “S” move that I love when I’m bored on a straight road….you know the one I mean!! I said, “wow” so many times while on the back of the bike that I started to think it was the only word I knew. When the ride was over, I shook Bob’s hand. I think this man has finally found a bike that can accommodate new riders that don’t feel comfortable, people with disabilities, women that can’t muscle a heavy bike, older folks that need a little help riding, a bike for that long road trip, and anyone that just wants an “easy” ride. The safety factors for riding this bike are numerous. Bob and I are going to collaborate on a blog on that subject when he gets home.

One more little foot note; I am buying one! As soon as I can find a bike that I like, I will have one made that looks like the red Road King in the video from my last blog about Tilting Motor Works. For me, this bike has everything I need and then some. I still get the luxury of the saddlebag. I can get as large a bike as I choose and still be able to handle the weight. I can still feel the rush of the leaning, cornering, and banking that we all love. I can still be the bad-ass! Does life get any better than this?? I think not…
FYI..  The prototype Road King is void of the front nose piece that fits between the front fenders so that the tilting mechanism is more visible.

Lady Godiva on wheels….. I’m the one, above, with the helmet hair!!




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