by Alain Panneton
In this issue of Revolution Motorcycle Magazine I would like to introduce an
airbrush artist from Burlington, Ontario, better known as AirheadZ, Jay Ferguson.
Always an artist at heart, Jay Ferguson transformed what he called a high school hobby
into a real career. He first started doing airbrush work on t-shirts part time in a retail shop
while still in high school. This experience, which lasted a couple of years, thought him how
to perfect his airbrushing and handle the customer’s demand. It’s when he started painting
on sheet metal that he really got hooked. From that time on he’s been painting bikes almost
exclusively from his home studio. That’s if you don’t count the couple of goalie helmets that
manage to sneak into his shop every year.
Jay doesn’t see himself as a painter but rather as an artist. Doing exclusively the concept
and realization of the design, he leaves the prep and clear work to Roger from Extreme...
by André Bobinas
Do you know what we call gear
heads? Theoretically gear heads
are people that pass most of their
time understanding mechanical
concepts to modify, repair or
design the art of harnessing
power and the delivering it.
Yes, you guessed it. This month’s tech is about trannies. Gears
have evolved through the years from wooden spikes for wind mills
to helical gears in cars and motorcycle trannies. The people that
understand gear ratios the best are people who drag race or try
to beat a land speed record. The right gear makes you a winner
or a first runner-up. You can stroke your motor, port your heads,
install wild cams, or turbo boost but a simple way of bringing a
motor alive is through gears. Truck drivers know this. With only
450 hp they can pull 80,000 lbs with a 9 or 15 speed tranny.
Gears are everything. Many years ago I modified a 1200 shovel
FX. We installed a Weber 2 throat carburator, a small cam and
raised the compression. Nothing very wild; but we installed a 19
tooth sprocket in the primary.
My name is George Freeborn but all my closest friends know me as
Poe. I was born in 1973 and raised in Hamilton North End, Ontario, where my
love of bikes all started. My first memories are of riding my dirt bike up and
down the streets of Picton and being brought home by the police with my 50 cc
dirt bike in the back of the patty wagon. I have been riding from the age of 4 and
still have my very first dirt bike in my basement.
As a young boy growing up in Hamilton North End, I remember listening to the
sounds of bikes coming and going from around the neighborhood every day.
As far back as I can remember there were always bikes
close by. My father knew a lot of people from around the
city and so I was fortunate to see some of the coolest
choppers and custom hot rods from the area and I have
been hooked ever since.
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I really enjoy this new adventure!
Writing for a full-blown Canadian chopper magazine
is a dream come true. I never thought I’d get here
but… hot damn, here I am!
Having a background as a technical instructor and
in developing aircraft maintenance training packages
is certainly helpful but this motorcycle stuff… what
a blast! It’s funny how things happen sometimes,
isn’t it? You go through the years working at different
jobs, experiencing different things and meeting
all kinds of people along the way. Then one day
everything seems to come together and you find
yourself in a spot that feels just right, a spot
where everything meshes like the gears of a welllubricated
TREV DEELEY MOTORCYCLES
Last May I was fortunate to have flown
to Vancouver to visit the newly expanded
Trev Deeley Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
Dealership, which now features the Deeley
Exhibition. I appreciated the friendly reception
and enjoyed the walk through the historical
timeline of the Trev Deeley dealership.
To say that Trev Deeley loved motorcycles would be an understatement.
He raced, rode, repaired, collected, sold, distributed and talked
motorcycles throughout his life.
In 1917 Trev’s grandfather, Fred Deeley Sr., began
selling Harley-Davidson motorcycles on Granville
Street in Vancouver. This makes them the fourth
oldest dealership in the world. (Dudley Perkins in San
Francisco is the oldest. See our report in #4 Spring
Trev’s father, Fred Jr., took over running the motorcycle
operation in 1925. The business moved to 915 West
Broadway a few years later. In 1950 they moved to
606 East Broadway. During the 1940’s and 1950’s
Trev dominated motorcycle racing in the Northwest.