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The last camping trip. We wanted to get out and ride for one last adventure last year. We had just finished the Super Scrambler Ducati build, so we thought - what better way to celebrate the end of a season and a wonderful new build than getting out and riding on the back roads of Northern Illinois and Wisconsin? Featuring Cotter Pin Gear's Tool Book, The Original Adventure Roll, and Vanson Leather's Dover Jacket and Rocket Gloves. http://www.cotterpingear.com/ http://www.vansonleathers.com/ Shot in one on Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin backroads featuring Analog Motorcycles' Super Scrambler Ducati - a '75 860 GT turned into a period looking scrambler - as if Ducati had made one themselves. Filmed and edited by Whiplash Racing Media // http://whiplash.grantedphoto.com // http://www.facebook.com/whiplashracingmedia // http://instagram.com/whiplashracing using Nikon D600, Nikon 20mm F/2.8 AF-D, Nikon 50mm F/1.4 AF-D, Sigma 28mm F/1.8, and GoPro Hero 3 Edited using Adobe Premiere Pro CC Music: Jason Shaw - Running Waters Schematics For Gravity - The Art of Taming Waves Anthetic - Morning Glory Huge thanks to: Vanson Leathers | http://www.vansonleathers.com/ Cotter Pin Gear | http://www.cotterpingear.com/ Hailey, Mark, Tony, Sam and a bunch of other people for helping and donating their time to allow us to shoot on their property.
Winter Moto Camp as photographed by Ryan Handt | LINK
Winter Moto Camp 2015 was a private event held on private property in Bovina, New York. We wanted Winter Moto Camp to be a place where ideas were shared, the fire burned bright, food was enjoyed and all kinds of creative wheels were turned.
Winter Moto Camp video filmed by Mark Foster, Alex Wilson & Sean Gilligan. Edited by Alex Wilson.
You never know who your neighbors are. Justin and I are back and forth between Brooklyn and Portland, OR quite a bit these days sourcing raw materials for our gear and for various moto this and that. One day in Portland, while walking through the alley, a few doors down from a garage/ work shop we utilize while out west. Our neighbor Pat happened to be rolling a 1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado, out of his garage. It turned out to be his and the freshly restored bike maiden voyage after a year long restoration. This story is about Pat and this Guzzi.
I found right away talking to Pat that he was a very interesting and talented guy. Pat has been meticulously collecting and restoring vintage Hondas for over 20 years. Visible in the machines that occupy Pat's home garage, are the various components of Pat, the enthusiasm for the technical, the passion for the aesthetic, the well thought out organization of his workflow and process. I was fascinated with the multitude of talents that Pat shared with me over a couple hours of conversation.
I learned that he not only worked on motorcycles, but he has been a pilot much of his life and for a period of time flew crop dusters in the midwest. He also enjoys restoring vintage coleman lamps and he makes ukuleles from found cigar boxes, everything in Pat's home has been built, restored or remodeled by Pat himself, with impeccable detail.
The bike that caught my attention, he revealed, was one of those rare $1 per CC barn finds.
Pat came across a family that had the bike sitting in their barn for 20+ years, covered in after-market junk. Either they simply didn't realize what they had or, to-be-fair, perhaps, were simply ready to free up more storage space. Pat humbly refers to his work on the bike as a “preservation, not a restoration.” When he bought it, he didn’t know the paint (and the bike itself) were so close to mint. He didn’t do any re-chroming or repainting. His work was mainly trying to use and expose everything that was already original. He had minor things touched up, like the pinstripes, but kept the patina authentic.
Pat has had a long-standing interest in vintage Guzzi’s, specifically, one model, the Eldorado. The Eldorado was only built for 3 years, from 1972-4, and it was only in 1974 that they made it with a disc brake. It was only a very small portion of that last year, that the Eldorado’s built were designed for the police department. Obviously there are a limited amount of those police department Eldorado's. Needless to say, coming across one is a rare occurence. The police bike can be identified by its special gauge cluster, with switches and lights specific to the duties law enforcement options on this bike (lights, radio/cb, siren, megaphone, etc..).
Another way you can tell that this bike was a Los Angeles Police Bike is by the bracket that held the siren. (SEE PHOTO) There was an additional lever on the handlebars that when pulled, it would rotate the siren to make noise from the friction from the tire. Unfortunately, when the police department sold these bikes at auction, few of these siren devices remained intact, because prior to the sale, the police department would cut off the sirens, so civilians couldn’t sound the sirens. Pat's never seen one for sale. He’s seen them on bikes, but never one he could purchase.
At the time that Pat bought the bike, he was in an intensive one-year training to be a certified aircraft mechanic. This Guzzi was his nights and weekend project. As we were speaking, Pat had a lot of positive things to say about the C-5 multi spark ignitions (c-5ingitions.com), which uses an optical beam, triple spark electronic ignition. The bike starts with the touch of a button, every-time despite cold weather, not riding it for a while, etc. If you happen to be working on one of these bikes, Pat recommends this to have the engine run great.
The original bike had a generator, so Pat did do an alternator upgrade. In his own words, Pat describes, “if you can imagine, in 1974, they actually offered a motorcycle with a generator. They stopped putting generators on American cars around 1964, 10 years later, however, they were still putting them on some Italian motorcycles - absurd."
As mentioned earlier, the bike originally came with a single disc brake, but fortunately due to the design of the forks, it already had the bosses to make it somewhat easy to modify into a dual-disc front brake. He had to fabricate small parts for the retrofit, but he was able to make it work. Pat notes that the Guzzi has great brakes for the time period, especially for a bike with twin discs.
Now, regarding the major modification that Pat did, which we title, the working man's mod (or how to keep your upgrade affordable). The Eldorado was an 850 cc bike, but Pat wanted a little more power than that. He knew that Moto Guzzi had made another bike, The Convert, that had 1000cc's. The Convert had automatic transmission, which used so much power, that they bumped the engine up to a 1000cc. Pat realized he could take the cylinders from The Convert to upgrade his Eldorado to 1000cc's. He also used the larger carborators, the 30 mm instead of the 29mm in his mod, and he mentioned using the hotter cam B-10 grind. Because he couldn’t find anyone who had done this before, he had to do a lot of his own fabrication to make his mod work. The carborators and that cam shaft are the standards mods that people do to "hot-rod” this engine. Although you can buy those cylinders brand new for $1000. Pat's recipe is for people who are resourceful and willing to do some of their own fabrication. Pat realized he couldn't put the heads from the Convert on his Eldorado b/c those heads are made for different pipes. The cylinders and skirts wouldn't work together. Pat did his own custom fabricating to have heads, cylinders and skirts work with one another.
Pat’s friend in Seattle, who helped find him the bike, strongly recommended that Pat do a once over of the bike. He knew that Pat just wanted to rebuild the carbs, ride it and enjoy it. As we went through the bike though, he realized that water was running down the speedo cable into the transmission - and that was a cause for him to pull it apart. He found a cracked ring on the cylinder which also needed to be fixed. Pat told me about the site thisoldtracker.com as a valuable resource, which has a wealth of information for Guzzi owner. The curator of the website, Greg Bender built a new wiring harness for Pat, which is a service he offers to people who use his website. Pat describes Greg as a real class act, and built the new harness, based on Pat’s specs, knowing he had gotten ridden of the generator for an alternator.
One mod that Pat admits to, where his personal taste overid his dedication to “preserving” the original bike, was to change out the rear taillight. We discussed how all of the taillights on the Italian bikes were put on solely for the purpose of passing US DOT standards, so Pat rationalized that to replace it with a tailight from a Vincent Black Shadow, was an acceptable deviation from its original standing.
Pat also was very enthusiastic about his custom seat hinge. He abandoned his stock two-up seat and opted instead for a solo seat. The fabricator who he used, and highly recommend is Fabricator Kevin, out of Detroit, Michigan. FabKevin.com Made just for single saddle springer seats, bronzed hinges.
The trucker hat re-invented :: The makers and stories behind the products
We met Eric Patton working with our friends at Knickerbocker MFG. Almost every time Justin and I visit the Knickerbocker MFG shop, whether its in the evenings, on weekends, at off- hours picking up products, Eric is sure to be there. To say he is hard-working wouldn’t do justice to the fact that Eric has a certain love of his craft that we recognize and above all respect. Eric grew up in Ohio, and on a recent trip back home while visiting family, he was reflecting on his childhood. He realized how strongly influenced he was and still is by his grandfather, his uncles, and the rural landscape that was their shared backdrop.
Patton recalls that his grandfather, a surly die-hard farmer, never wore a t-shirt in his life. No matter how hot it was, he always had a collared shirt on, buttoned-up, respectable. In the dead heat of summer, occasionally, it would be a short-sleeve button up. He remembers the graphics and fonts of the seed-company signs he would see along the roadside. He remembers his uncles, unlike his grandfather, often wore no shirts at all, accustomed to working long hours in the sun’s blaze, sometimes with only a hat for protection.
When Eric returned to Brooklyn from that trip, he received a package from his father, who was obviously listening closely as Eric reminisced about times past. Inside the package was a mesh hat with a seed company logo, the kind his grandfather always wore. When he put it on his head, he instantly remembered the he wore that hat everywhere as a kid, funny thing was, at 35 years old, and it fit like it did back then. It was an oversized box on his head and Eric felt like a kid again trying on this large boxy trucker cap. That hat gave Eric the great idea to remake this hat in a more refined shape that he could wear everyday and not look like Forest Gump. Our favorite part of his idea to reinvent this hat was that its probably the only All American Made trucker hat you can find these days. Most American Trucker hats sadly are mass produced overseas.
Eric’s brand is born from stories like these. He has modernized the silhouette of that farmer/trucker hat, and made it his own, with careful consideration for each detail. We should mention that this hat requires 5-7 separate machines to assemble. We especially appreciate the way the top button has been left out, out of consideration for two-wheeled riders and their helmets. For the bike-messengers and chopper lovers who roll with their hats under the helmet Eric has saved you a ton of pain! Its also a damn good way to keep cool in the summer while keeping the sun from scorching your head.
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