Friday, March 29, 2013

New HotRod

Love my 51 and nothing can replace it, but I did pick up a twincam FXDXT this year.  Got it from a fellow named Sharkey out of Alberta.  I thought I was just buying a dyna but the amount of time and effort he put into this thing is crazy.

The motor
103 inch via SE 4 3/8” stroker crank
10.5 – 1 CP pistons provided by HQ
HQ 033G camshaft with S&S gear drive
S&S IST ignition
HQ headwork on stock heads
SE 51CV carb
Chrome rocker boxes

The chassis
Rear: 4.25” X 18”   Front: stock size 19”
Excell aluminum rims
Buchannan stainless spokes
Lyndall composite rotors
Sputhe aluminum swingarm
Sputhe engine mount system

My buddy HateMachine Cole has been showing me the ropes of the TwinCams
More fun to come with this hotrod.... 

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Jordan epp was over the other night trying out his new 35mm picture taker.  Shot a pic of these two Canadian knuckleheads.  I'd say hes got that new camera figured out.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Red Rooster

I recently finished up this Shovelhead chopper which was basically a make work, make money, side project.  I had a good molded frame and set of beautiful invader wheels left over from my knuck tear down, as well as a garage full of this and thats to pick from.  I scooped up a good used 74" motor and 4-speed trans and pieced it all together.  Jordan epp took some shots of it and Oil and Rust did a little feature of her on their web zine here.  I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  A buddy or mine from Winnipeg scooped it up before it went on the market and just took her home the other day.  Can't wait to ride alongside Brad and the rooster.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hard Ride Vintage Cycles

So this hobby of mine of playing with old motorcycles has transformed into a much bigger beast than I originally anticipated.  I have gone from building and playing with my own scooter to building multiples bikes at the same time.  Some for myself, for others and for strictly re-sale.  So due to this frenzy of activity in my little shop I have decided to set up under a proper shop name, Hard Ride Vintage Cycles.  I recently finished up the Red Rooster and sold it to a hell of a good man in Winnipeg, MB.  soon to be renamed "Dogs Breakfast" Pan-shovel is nearing completion and my own 47 knuck chop is starting to come together.  Spring is near and I have a ton of work to finish before the big melt.  I am not running a full service motorcycle shop out of my garage but rather I want to focus and maintin on working on one bike or two bikes at a time.  I may be able to find the time to do a little bit of custom fab and mechanical work but I am really mostly interested on full builds.  And I am not interested on working on your softtail custom or old Jap scoot.  preferably big twin vintage harley.  Anyways I have set up a webstore with my new shop tees.  and as always you can contact me at with any inquiries. Also i am working  blog as a home base site for Hard Ride at but i will continue to post on fiftys as well.  blogs are pretty dead anyways if you havent noticed, so if you really want to catch up on what im up to, follow me on instagram at  @thehardride

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013