by Alain Panneton
In our last issue, I started explaining
how I paint a mural on a gas tank.
After having prepped the surface,
painted it black and defined the
illustration in white (photo 1), it is
now time to bring everything to life
I start by applying a transparent
chrome yellow on everything (photo 2) followed by a
transparent tangerine color (photo 3). At this point all
the colors used are transparent but the black and white.
As I go along I redefine the mural with white to punch out
certain details (photo 4).
When I am satisfied with the result, I continue warming
up the mural with tangerine and apple red, still transparent
(photo 5). Again I touch up certain elements with
white followed by yellow and tangerine.
by André Bobinas
Hi! Back again, this time to talk
about feelings. No, not the ones
your girlfriend wants you to talk
about, but the thrill you get riding
a high performance machine.
Building and riding an all out
custom machine is very exhilarating.
You can really appreciate your
work, not when you are riding but sitting on a terrace
looking at it. The time spent riding the bike and the
adrenaline rush you get twisting the throttle coming
out of a curve or the g-force on acceleration to pass
another vehicle are what a lot of riders seek.
There are many levels of performance – from a 10
horsepower gain to a whopping 150 hp boost and
everything in between. In my many years of building
motors, I have found that there is no secret formula to
speed. Many engine builders use different set-ups
obtaining very good results. There is no right or wrong
way to develop horsepower; only the result counts.
Further to the article about Laconia
in the Fall 2007 issue, we
received comments on the
sonometre testing that the
police, questioning whether they
were less tolerant than usual. For
those who were interested in
knowing the actual decibel level
emitting from their pipes, this test
could be done on a voluntary
basis and was without consequence.
I’d like to mention the difference
between the laws and tolerances
between a state (or province),
and the next. In New Hampshire,
the saying is “LIVE FREE OR
DIE” – wearing a helmet is not
obligatory, but you must wear
sunglasses (which is totally
logical) and the maximum
decibel level permitted is 106.
Here in Quebec, you must wear
a helmet, sunglasses are not
obligatory and 80 decibels is the
So, getting back to Laconia at an
event of this magnitude, a higher
decibel level might be tolerated
depending on the behavior that
goes with it.
Show us your pics!
Send photos of your bike, your trips, your
parties, Memories, events, etc.
The funniest will be published. Winner of the year will get full page (once a year).
You must leave your name, address and phone number at the back of each photo
with short description. If you include a pre-stamped and pre-addressed envelope
we will send it back to you.
Send digital photos to :
Postal address :
REVOLUTION MOTORCYCLE MAG
1302, Avenue Garden, Mascouche
Québec J7L OA4
By Pascal Richard
HOT-DOCK CUSTOM CYCLE
MADE IN JAPAN
Thanks to the money earned through his job as a sheet
metal worker in a car bodyshop, Keiji Kawakita founded Hot
Dock Custom Cycle in 1984 in Nerima Tokyo in Japan. He
was 29 years old and his hobby of customizing Harley
Davidsons would now become his full time job.
It was his second time competing in the AMD World Championship,
which is the ultimate custom bike builder contest
where 100 competitors from 11 countries around the world
fought for the title of the World’s Best Custom Bike Builder.
In 2006, the first time he competed in the AMD Championship,
it was with a client’s bike “The Crusador”. He was very
confident with this project, but his confidence quickly
disappeared when he saw...
The inseparable Boutin sisters– Nathalie, Veronique and Genevieve– have Harley-
Davidson in their souls!
Three pretty girls in a man’s world. Three pretty intelligent girls living their father’s
dream and following in their grandfather’s footsteps.
The girls being familiar with the workplace, the employees and the motorcycle world,
the shop quickly became home ground and it felt good, so good, that they decided to
become part of it. After their father Donald passed away in 1998, with the support of
their mother they joined forces and implicated themselves even more in the business.
Following the death of their mother in 2002, they were quite aware that everything now
rested on their shoulders.
They have gained experience and the know-how to run the business, and they are also well
surrounded with a team of 10 competent...