by Alain Panneton
For this issue of Revolution
Motorcycle Magazine I am going
to finish the painting of
Blade. I have already done all my
base colours and begun the drawings. I still have to add the
last details, the captive souls, and make the machine bleed.
I shall varnish and polish everything afterward.
We remember that in the previous stages I had created a
dagger that had for office to kill vampires and then imprison
their souls into the body of the machine. I had defined the
zones in which we could perceive some of these captured
souls while the others would be seen trying to escape from
the surface of the monster. The bottom of the frame that
was to receive the blood had remained untouched. I would
like to note that when I plan to stop working on a paint job
for more than 24 hours, I apply two to three coats of transparent
base paint. This protects the colours and serves at ...
by André Bobinas
Hey! Who’s beating that hot iron?
Throughout my years of meeting people at motorcycle
manufacturing plants I have had the privilege of meeting some very gifted engineers. During conversations about
how fast you can get a Harley to go, out of nowhere some guy would say something like “you should meet my
buddy or my cousin or brother, he wrenches on Harleys in his kitchen”. That said, I have been lucky enough to
meet (in my opinion) some of the last motorcycle blacksmiths, guys who work with very basic tools and achieve
phenomenal results all because they have a passion for building things. They usually work on their own bikes
and are always willing to help out a friend with theirs. They usually have a day job to pay the bills but at night
they beat metal into submission, this for no apparent reason but for the challenge. I have seen some of these
guys work on a bracket with a grinder, a file and some sandpaper for hours on end when a laser cuter could have
done the job in minutes. For them time is not of the essence, results are. Since there are no “custom” motorcycle schools out there,
pretty much all of today’s great bike builders started out this way. These are humble beginnings!
The idea of riding a chopper has been inside of me for a
very long time. I would say since I saw the movie “Easy Rider”.
My plan to own a chopper began taking form by thumbing through
magazines like this one! I fell in love with a bike built by Paul Yaffe,
a chopper with simple conservative dimensions and without too
much flash. Then I met Krusty, who had just set up shop in my area. I
immediately appreciated his style, his openness and his passion for
“Old School”. A little more than a year passed before I asked him to
build a Bobber for my girlfriend, all the while talking to him about
my dream machine. I discussed the main lines of the bike and how I
envisioned it, all the while knowing it was simply a vision that I hoped
would come true one day.
In his spare time, Krusty worked on his own personal project, which
he very much seemed to treasure. He repeated to me continuously,
“Wait ‘till you see my bike, you’ll like it so much I’ll have to sell it to
you!” When I saw his creation (with the same lines and dimensions
that I wanted), I couldn’t...
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Quebec Vintage Motorcycle Classic
This month’s Old School report comes from the beautiful
“Centre-du-Québec” region of Canada. Known
not only as the “breadbasket” of the province because
of its agricultural and livestock abundance, it is also
recognised as a very popular area for the likes of
timeless motorcycle lovers.
The reason being you ask? Well because of a man named
Pierre Constant, a man who is zealous of all things with
character, history and spirit. He’s the man that is responsible
for the 16th annual edition of the Quebec Vintage Motorcycle
Classic held in 2010 in Saint Eulalie. This three-day
festival got its start in 1994. Drummondville was the place that
first hosted this event but because of city noise restrictions,
by-laws and the typical uncalled for hassles, it was eventually
renounced. In the year 2000 an opportunity occurred
when Jocelyn Lamothe (the founding organizer of the event)
So where does this leave us? Well, in this instance, let me introduce you to someone who needs no introduction:
GILBY CLARKE. A rock star guitar hero that would easily score six for six on my check list above,
but without the attitude or pretension we so often unfairly impute to those in the spotlight to make our poor
pathetic little egos feel better about ourselves.
Yes this is the Gilby Clarke of Guns N’ Roses. This is also the Gilby Clarke of MC5, Nancy Sinatra, Heart and
Rockstar: Supernova. This is also the Gilby Clarke who has extensively written and produced his own solo
library of great fucking records (check em’ out at your local record store, on iTUNES, Ebay or Amazon or
on his website—see below) that can be best summarized as a nod to the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and
Johnny Thunders. And with his self-made soundtrack of old school rock blues infused sense of music style
comes his similarly inspired love for wrenching and riding old school motorcycles. Yup, a rock star grease
When Gilby’s not off on some tour or beating the shit out of a Les Paul on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood,
he’s rolling on two wheels. He’s been spotted on one of them everywhere, from the grimy back streets of
Hollywood to the cover of Hot Bike Magazine. In fact Clarke mounted his Fat Boy and rode 3,000 miles to
the ’04 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally where he gigged with Heart at the Buffalo Chip Campgrounds. Since that
time he has put as many miles on his rides as he has on his Les Paul guitars, including an annual ride to
Sturgis where we caught up this past 2009 to share some stories and do some riding.