Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Priest

*Updated with new photos and a trailer
OK, I think I've pretty much had it with Vampires. I hadn't heard of this 2011 Paul Bettany movie, "The Priest," before, but the costar says there is a lot of motorcycle riding across the Salt Flats. That, together with the photos below, has me sold. More bike pics via io9 and here.

Maybe vampire movies are getting better.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

2000 Mile Epic Ride To Boston

In 2010, my old friend Scott Wilson rode his Harley from Garden City, Kansas to New York City. He says, "In one week, I traveled through 9 states and the District of Columbia for a total of 2000 miles. I saw beautiful scenery, historic sites, and sunsets that took my breath away. After arriving in NYC, I ran the New York City Marathon. I finished in 4 hour and 20 minutes. Thanks to all those who encouraged me and supported me on my adventure..."

Scott came through our area last November and we caught up after many years apart. The next day I rode him out of town on a beautiful fall morning. My 5-second cameo is at 06:28. Enjoy his video below.

Even if he is on a Harley.

Yours Truly

Monday, April 25, 2011

Revenge Run 2

I was out for a ride Saturday and I met up with some of the Revenge Runners coming back a little early for the Easter holiday. They were all on Harleys, (one bagger was painted in a conspicuous snow camo.) They flagged me down to get a look at the Enfield and I was happy to stop. They were heading back to Virginia and couldn't be a nicer bunch of southern folks.

Revenge Run 2010, Via Lance Dawes

Revenge Run 2010, Via Lance Dawes

Friday, April 22, 2011

Boys of Bonneville

Boys of Bonneville features the inspiring story of Ab Jenkins, the man who broke the most land speed records ever. Some of his records stood for 50 years. He was the pilot of the "Mormon Meteor." He became a national hero. And he was a good man.

Jenkins' interest in velocity began while racing motorcycles as a young man from Salt Lake City. He raced 1/2 mile and cross country and went on to establish the Bonneville Salt Flats as the home for speed. Check out this inspiring trailer for the film "Boys of Bonneville".

Boys of Bonneville Movie Trailer from Price Museum of Speed on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

HMT Art #19

My doodles for British motorcycle concepts.

Also, happy 85th today to the Queen.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

DIY Painting Motorcycle Rims on the Cheap

I'll confess, I'm sort of cheap. And impatient to ride. Last weekend I finally painted my motorcycle rims black. I've been photoshopping it for years and finally got around to it. I'm fully aware that powdercoating is the way to go when painting your bike rims, but, here's a quick way to paint your rims yourself using Appliance Epoxy Paint, without even having to remove the tires. This works for car rims as well.

Step 1. Prep.
Thoroughly clean the rims with a degreaser.
Wet sand the chrome and rinse. Allow to dry.
Mask off the rim using playing cards. (Much better than masking tape). They create a very precise mask and it only takes about 5 minutes.

Step 2. Prep some more.
Flip over the wheel and place on a bucket. Use another deck of cards to mask off the other side of the rim to prevent overspray onto the tire.

Step 3. Primer.
Use a self-etching primer. I used Duplicolor - available at auto parts shops. Let dry, lightly sand, add another coat of primer.

Step 4. Paint.
Use Appliance Epoxy paint by Rust-oleum. I recommend painting one side and flipping it over to paint the other side before the first side dries. To keep from marring the wet paint, I propped the rim up on a small bowl, on top of the bucket. The small bowl fits inside the area I'm not painting.

Step 5. Mount Wheels and Ride.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011