Been working on a big project for a client so I gotta dedicate my time to that. So the posts are lagging this week. In the meantime, Nelson over at Church of Choppers did a killer story on Trevelen. Need something to read go check it out. Also, sorry all you San Jose Shark fans. I was hoping they would pull it out but they just couldn't do it. Would have been nice to see Jeremey Roenick raise the cup. Let's see how the next round goes. I say Boston keeps on rolling as will the Red Wings. Been watching the Capitals too. Well back to work.
Joe Leroux had his Shovelhead built by the guys over at Top Shelf Customs. The bike has a 93" S&S Shovelhead motor, 2" BDL primary, 6 speed transmission, Kraft Tech straight leg frame with no stretch or rake. The bike also has Top Shelf's own parts on it such as the gas tank, mid controls, tail light, license plate holder, risers and some Top Shelf pipes with machined end caps. Other parts on the bike are a Chica rear fender, black powder coated 21" front wheel and 16" in the rear, Harley wide forks with shaved Fat Boy lowers, Biltwell handle bars, PM hand controls and brakes and a Bossley Cycle's seat pan. Joe sent the seat out to Xian Leather to have it covered. The paint was handled by Taylor Schultz up north. Barry Lacour says, "This was the fastest bike we built. Joe wanted it and we delivered."
Irish Rich appears in the opening of History Of The Chopper. He told me that Jesse had asked him to do it, but the timing kept getting pushed around. He got a call from Jesse last minute one day and was told his ticket to fly to Long Beach was waiting. So he jumped on a plane and flew out. When he showed up to WCC he asked Jesse who he was riding with. Jesse told him your it. So Rich did his thing and went for a ride around Long Beach.
Irish Rich came down this week with Steve from Colorado. They drove down earlier in the week and made their rounds. I spent most of Sunday with them as they were coming from Huntington Beach and we went to the Stronghold Bike show in Venice. We walked around the show and also ran into Pac Man and his brother Jason from by hand and by brain.
We all hung out for awhile in the blazing sun and finally took off. Since Steve never saw the ocean without fog I took the coast way back to Long Beach and showed him Manhattan Beach. Needless to say the beaches were packed.
Steve and Irish Rich
Scott from Chopper Town fame bike.
Thanks Irish Rich for coming by. It was great to finally meet you in person. I look forward to a trip down to Colorado so we can sit down and you can tell me all the glorious stories you have! It was great to meet Steve too. Very cool guy. Look forward to seeing your bike when you ride it down for the 4th of July party. Prove Rich wrong and show him you can ride it down and back to Colorado no problem! Have a safe drive back home and I'll talk to you soon.
Jason, it was very cool to meet you finally also. Look forward to coming over and shooting some pics. Try not to kill yourself racing Dustin on the freeways to work!
The Stanley Cup Playoffs start today. I pick San Jose from the west and Boston from the east to go all the way. San Jose against Anaheim should be a good series as well as Washington and New York. It'll be interesting to see how Avery gets to Ovechkin.
Another year out of the playoffs, but they were a much better team this year than previous years. Depending on what they do in the off season there could be hope that they'll be playing next year in the playoffs. Hopefully they sign a goal scorer.
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