by Alain Panneton
From Samourai to Samahain
Now that all the colours are well defined and the
style in which I will draw the leaves is established,
I can finish the project. From now on, it’s a bit
like painting with numbers: I fill in the blanks and I
balance the colours as I go along.
Photos 1 and 2 : Here I start drawing with the airbrush the
spirits escaping from the depths of the earth with transparent
red and a bit of black. Those same spirits will be climbing on the
side of the frame.
Photo 3: I continue filling the space for the leaves on the rear fender. The
drawings, skulls and pagan symbols are masked so as to keep the white
by André Bobinas
Yee haw! Spring is here. This is
when I get an uncontrollable urge
to fire up my V-twin monster, let it
warm up, hold the front brake and
drop the hammer unleashing all
its power upon the garage floor.
Satanic smoke would engulf the
rear fender and totally fill the
shop! Oops, I’d better not. Someone will call
the fire fighters again!
Yes, this month’s technical article revolves around
tires. These mysterious round black donuts made of
polymer, black carbon, silica, resin, sulfur, aramid, nylon and
of course rubber. Tires are constructed as radial or bias
belted, (check out drawing 1, 2, 3). The older technology
bias belted tires are good for heavier bikes. They can take
more of a weight load but can grow by centrifugal force as
much as 17 %. Bias tires are reasonably priced, are usually
installed on lightweight bikes but mainly on front wheels
with a low weight load. Radials were designed for comfort,
have a wider tire to road contact area, are stickier ...
Swamp Rat Special
First of all, I would like to thank my “Bros” for helping me with this project; Dirty
Bill my right hand man, the electrical whiz Art “Sparky” Snow (he rides a 1968 triumph),
Andre (Bonhomme) did the motor work, Birk and Bruce applied the paint. This bike
was started in 2004. We were all sitting in the garage checking out bike magazines,
drinking beer and talking about what people were now calling choppers. Back in the
day, choppers were minimalist bikes. If you didn’t need it, it was not on there. We
decided we were going to build a classic chopper. I had an old 1948 wishbone frame
and a 1959 FLH Panhead motor lying around which was a good start. Digging around
the garage we came up with a 5-inch chrome flat fender, a Jammer 4 over Springer
front end and a 21-inch Hallcraft front wheel equipped with a 3 ½ inch drum brake on
which we put a H-D / Dunlop D402F tire. Still more routing around turned up a 16-inch
rear spoked wheel with a ...
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« SPARKY »
I still remember those words being blasted into my ears
way back in 1980. My buddy George was getting a little
“irate” with me for not following basic procedure. You
see, George was moving on from his job as a mechanic at
the local marina to join the Canadian National Railway. As
conditions would have it, I found myself in line to replace
him. The problem was that at 17 years old, my toolbox
was a lot smaller than his! Needless to say, the few weeks
I had to try and grasp all the knowledge and experience I
could from him – before he headed out the door – was no
small undertaking. George was and without a doubt still
is the best engine trouble-shooter I’ve ever met and those
few words I have never forgotten! ...
Sometimes there are places we visit where we
immediately feel right at home. This was truly the
case at Harley-Davidson of Sherbrooke. As soon
as I set foot in the store, I felt a friendly, inviting
atmosphere on the part of all employees. Without
delay I was welcomed by Martin, the owner of this
“genuine” company, who invited me to visit the
establishment from A to Z. Martin told me that
this was not his first business venture. Despite his
young age, he has owned several regional service
stations in the past few years. His passion for all
things motorized is evident and this is reflected in
his choice of business!
Harley Davidson of Sherbrooke is the newest
dealership in Quebec. This two-floor 24,000
square foot company opened in October
2006. Upon entering you notice that nothing
has been overlooked. The decor is ...