Friday, June 29, 2012

Two steps forward, one step back....

It seems that way sometimes when building a bike, but the Sporty is getting frame paint this weekend (hopefully)....

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Started to mock up a new air cleaner for the Ironhead- out of aluminum. This one will be tough since I just started forming and welding up the face, with no regard for how I would complete the back side of the assembly. But, damn, it's gonna look unique for sure!

Bodywork teaser

Ran all the bodywork for the Ironhead through the ringer and came out with this-  no full pix 'til the frame is painted!

And quite possibly the coolest sticker that will go on the bike-  Nail Tokyo.  Tak from Nail is who inspired us to build our first chopper, styled after his lanesplitter Harley when we saw him and the NFK in the "Pray For Me"--  Tokyo Thug Style Forever, Forever Tokyo Thug Style!

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Dog's Life

The best dogs in the world deserve the best collars in the world, right?  Contact us for any special requests, from dog collars to belts, wallets, or whatever you can think of.

Layed down a test sample of the paint for the ironhead frame-  Detroit Diesel green with a sage green pearl highlight and clear.  Wow, this camera just doesn't do it justice at ALL!!!!!  This paint in combo with all the bare blasted pieces is going to rule!

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Got lots of the parts blasted I need to, all that's left is the bodywork now once we pressure test the tanks.

Need to plumb the brakes of course...

Also got the steering stops welded up.  I had purchased a set of fancy cups with integrated stop, but the stops on the triple clamp were way too small and went right past them!  Found that out as the fork twisted all the way left when I was pushing it and almost dumped the bike.  So, I TIG'd some extensions on the lower triple.

Friday, June 22, 2012

New Shoes

Fresh Dunlop Gold Seal with a a  bunch of freshly blasted parts-  frame will be Detroit Diesel green with some mettalic highlights,  can't wait to see this combo!  All bodywork will be bare blasted.


Never afraid to try anything new-  one of our greatest strengths.  Had an old Indian headlight, and the bezel was dented; when I tried to massage it back in shape the chrome came off.  Crap.  But,  it had copper plate underneath,  I sanded it off, beneath that was brass.  About a half hour of sanding and blasting with aluminum oxide, we got us a fancy and unique headlight setup.  Probably just temporary 'til we can form a new aluminum nacelle for square lights, but it looks great now.


Danny machining me some risers.... Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Toolin' around

One-off leather patches for or buddy Asa's vest.

Under Pressure!

That's right-  STILL working on rebuilding the 9" in the Econoline van.  Going to tackle the rebuild on the rear, got all the bearings pressed off and on, just waiting on a couple tools.   Got lots of distractions, but it should be back on the road soon......

Got one wheel back from blasting  (we like to say that cause it sounds more professional, even though we just got it back from the driveway where the blast cabinet was set up).

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Practiced tooling a Trout on a scrap piece, gearing up for a fly case we'll be making-  not bad for a first attempt at wildlife if i say so myself!

Saturday, June 16, 2012


Decided to class the shop up a bit with a ceiling fan!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Finished up a leather wallet for a good friend's dad-  nice 70's MX vibe!
 What do you do for a gas cap when you scratch build a tank?  Well, you scratch build the cap of course!  This is actually about the third incarnation of a cap.  It took a while to R&D previous versions, figure out what looked best, what worked, etc.

 It's Al-You-Min-EE-um, , Danny machined a nice groove for the o-ring (after the previous version flew out of his lathe, we started with a flat piece and machined the groove first), and we hand filed, sanded, and grooved the rest of it.  Then, we made a mounting tab, drilled it for a rollpin, drilled the tab, contoured it, made sure the o-ring woul seat to the flat steel on the tank, welded it all up, clearanced it, etc.!!!  A LOT of work for a piece that most people won't notice, but it is one of a kind for SURE!

The view from above.  wow, this is really insane, never seen a cap like this, hope people will appreciate it--  Still need to drill the vent holes and holesaw out the opening in the tank.  And, HOPE a gas nozzle fits inside since we were limited on space!

That's right-  Dart Tournament SMACKDOWN!  B&B gets it DONE.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shot some pics of the Conquistador 250 for a Spanish magazine today,
then fired it up and made a lot of noise!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Busch and Busch won't judge-  when it comes to art projects, like this wallet in progress, we will help you realize your vision- whatever that may be :-)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Just finished tooling this wallet outer shell for a friend's dad- I love the 70's vibe it's got!

That's right, we do rearend rebuilds as well!

Monday, June 11, 2012

The man has IMPECCABLE taste-  both in motorcycle styling AND fashion apparently  :-)

Windchime-  made from all the left over bearing races from our 9" rebuild.  Waste not want not!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Some jackass renters up around the corner left a computer desk out for the garbage men weeks ago; nobody ever snagged it.  So, I saw the uprights and thought they would make a good base for a stool I had been envisioning for a while.  Total cost, about 20 minutes and a couple feet of welding wire.  The legs ARE slanted-  that's what makes it art!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wow, so damn cute.  Don't think there are any better apprentices to Busch and Busch......

Monday, June 4, 2012

"Insexappeal"-  brilliant.

This fly was in a lot of old ones we picked up.  Yup, gonna try a more relaxing new hobby than throwing wrenches across the garage at Danny's head.....

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Gotta get them out in the driveway sometimes and get a new perspective.

"Put your finger in there, Goob"

The shifter on the Ironhead, a mish mash of transmission gears, steel, and about 30 hours of labor (most of it wasted on failed attempts).  With mid controls as high as the side cover tops, we needed something to bring the shifter higher and leave the glorious points cover in full view, so we built up, like a bad game of Jenga.

Getting the axle sliders mocked up on Danny's XS.

Finally got the exhaust mounted on the Ironhead-  welded on the muffler receiver and affixed the springs.  True "slip-ons"!  Short, homemade, and empty, but slip-ons nonetheless.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Lights, camera, action....

Clamp lamps, a pantry and bitchin' 80's linoleum.   This can only mean one thing:  we're shooting a porno!  Just kidding, this is our high-tech silk screen burning setup.  We do EVERYTHING in house!