“The Bride” has an engine

Well, my CVT bike is coming together more quickly than my other projects. I had to cut the frame and weld in custom-bent down tubes, and I have finished the engine mounts.

False Neutral Podcast #116 – Hurricanes & Speed Holes

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This month’s episode discussion starts off with a question from a listener, then bounces between our projects and various other motorcycles, both new and old. Along the way, Garrett fills us in on his new laser engraver, and we discuss some of the YouTube bike videos we’ve been enjoying lately. The Ari & Zack YouTube […]

False Neutral Podcast #114 – Trevor Daley of One Speed Racing

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Our guest this month is Canadian Superbike racer Trevor Daley, who is also the driving force behind One Speed Racing. Trevor has the unusual distinction of being an accomplished fabricator for both the racing and custom scenes. We talk with him about how aesthetics and performance intersect for him and his customers. Along the way, […]

False Neutral Podcast #113 – Motorcycle Credit & Financing

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The focus of this month’s episode is less on building motorcycles and more on buying them. We discuss BMW’s balloon-payment financing model, how special financing deals can make a brand-new vehicle more attractive than buying used, depreciation, and the wisdom of paying cash. After that, we wrap up by discussing new bikes that might get […]

The Franz Flyer is the best sounding thing you’ll hear today

The sound of a V8 on the boil can be intoxicating. Here’s one that is probably the least powerful you’ll see, but it’s still amazing. The video quality is not the best, but the exhaust note makes up for it. Denny Franz is a master machinist who loves multi-cylinder bikes. After building a 700 cc […]

Two-Wheel Tuesday: Meet “The Bride”

Longtime Hooniverse readers know that I’ve been building a Bultaco-engined custom street bike for the last decade or so. Along the way, there were tons of false starts, second-guessing, and revisions. As a result, I had a lot of cast-off parts I had purchased for that project filling the shelves of my rather cramped workshop. […]

False Neutral Podcast #112 – Yes, We Do Talk About Bikes (Eventually)

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This month’s conversation encompasses a lot of topics beyond just motorcycles. We discuss boats, trailers, pickups & medium-duty trucks, station wagons, and SUVs—those we own, and those we’ve considered owning. But fortunately, when we do get around to bikes, there’s a lot to like. We continue to be impressed by the Harley Pan-America, and the […]

Harley’s Pan America adventure bike has many promises to keep

More than 2-1/2 years after it was first announced as a coming model, Harley-Davidson’s Pan America 1250 adventure touring bike has finally arrived. The news is big for a number of reasons, but mostly because Harley has bet their (rapidly-eroding) farm on the Pan America’s success. It’s not an over-exaggeration to say that the future […]

The False Neutral Podcast Episodes 108 & 109 – More 2021 Bikes & Workshop Randomness

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On this episode, Garrett, Eric, and I discuss few more new models we didn’t cover in December’s 2021 New Model Review: Honda’s 1100 Rebel, the return of the Suzuki Hayabusa, what Indian is getting right and Harley continues to get wrong. We then share a few recent garage purchases we’ve made, or are currently considering, […]

Happy 9th birthday to Bultakenstein

Happy 9th birthday to Bultakenstein, my custom motorcycle project. I snapped the top photo on October 18, 2011. I had just taken delivery of the frame, which I bought off Ebay for $69.99. The bottom photo is how it looks today. It is, as the saying goes, “90% complete, with 90% yet to do.” It […]