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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER Just like all of you, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of good riding weather. I can hardly wait to be able to get back on my bike on a daily routine. As I become older each year, I hate winter more and more. I love my home town of St Louis but I always question why I stay here for the winters. If not for my kids and grandkids I am sure Cindy and I would live in Hawaii or somewhere similar for the winter where we could ride every day and enjoy not being cold. But that’s a whole different story…
I want to make sure everyone is aware; the Doc’s Harley-Davidson dealership sale is now complete. The new owners Greg and Beth Ernst have officially taken over. Along with their two sons, Chris and Bill, they are in full swing and we urge you to stop by and meet them. I am confident you will feel the new buzz in the air and will find the Ernst’s to be wonderful people and very experienced owners of a Harley dealership. Doc’s Harley-Davidson has becomes number three in their current portfolio and we are very excited to have the Ernst family back in St Louis and look forward to the changes they are implementing. We hope you will take a minute and check out the article about them on pages 28 & 29 of this issue of Full Throttle. These guys are truly awesome people and avid riders just the rest of us. We hope to see all of you join us this year on the many charity poker runs we, here at Full Throttle, will be involved in and the many other rallies and events that will be going on around the area. We are already starting to see the calendar for the upcoming months begin to fill up with some great rallies, events, and fundraisers. Check out the ad in this issue for the fundraisers we are helping sponsor along with the STL Midnight Riders, Gutter Sluts and Gateway Knights. We are working on new bike nights and lots of new events, so stay tuned for those posts. Full Throttle is excited to be part of your event and we thank all the groups and Charities that have been contacting us to be part of their event. If you are having an event, fundraiser, or rally, and would like to discuss how Full Throttle Magazine can help. Send me an email at publisher@ fulthrottle-magazine.com or call me at the office at 314-276-1150. Ride safe and we’ll see you on the road with Full Throttle Magazine. Bob
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Last month I gave you a brief overview about how women were just as big of an influence in the motorcycle industry as men. Over the course of the next several months, I’m going to talk about these women and how they helped sculpt the world of motorcycles. Back in the early 1900’s women did not have the same rights as men. They couldn’t join the military; they couldn’t vote; heck, it was even taboo for women to wear pants. Women tended to the home and to the children; that was their place in society.
Two young sisters by the name of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, AKA Gussie and Addie, were considered “Society Girls”. They were descended from Martin Van Buren, the eighth President of the United States. These aspiring females wanted to change the way society looked at women. In their early twenty’s Augusta Van Buren they were active in the national Preparedness Movement. They wanted to prove that women were just as capable as men were to serve as military dispatch riders. Their argument was that by allowing women to be an active part of the service, it could free up the men for other tasks. They also set out to remove one of the primary arguments for denying women to vote. In 1916, the two sisters set out to prove to the country that women are very capable motorcycle riders. Dressed in military-style leggings and leather riding breeches, on July 4th they saddled up in Brooklyn, New York on their individual 1000 cc Indian Power Plus Motorcycles equipped with gas headlights. The Indian’s they road were considered the top of the line for this era; costing $275.00, and ran Firestone “non-skid” tires. There were no helmet laws back then, so the only thing they wore was goggles and a leather cap. Also, there were no major thoroughfares, so the road conditions were less than favorable. The sister’s endured mud-
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dy, rocky, and extremely dry conditions. They were the first women to reach the 14,109 summit of Pikes Peak by any motor vehicle. This journey that began in Brooklyn took them 5,500 miles and just over two months to complete in their travels that ended in Los Angeles on September 8th, 1916.
After their journey, Adeline submitted an application to the Army proving that women were very capable of riding through the rough mountain terrain; her application was denied. Motorcycle publications described their journey as a “vacation” and focused more so on praising the motorcycles, but nothing about the sisters. Others reported the sisters used the Preparedness Movement as an excuse to forego their roles as housewives. Even during their journey, they were arrested several times; not for speeding, but for wear men’s clothes. Through all the obstacles, they endured a heavy challenge and came out on the other side. They eventually married. Adeline continued her career in education and earned her law degree from New York University. Augusta became a pilot and flew in Amelia Earhart’s Ninety-Nines International women’s flying organization. She also played a significant role in the women’s rights movement. In 1988, the sister’s achievement was honored by four female AMA Adeline Van Buren members with the “Van Buren Transcon”, a fund raising effort for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The fund raiser was supported by Honda, Kawasaki, Susuki, and Yamaha. In 2002, they were inducted into the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and in 2003 inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. Check out next month’s issue for more Women-Motorcycle History.
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The Pat During the STL Motorcycle Show at the winner. the beginning of January, I was presented the opportunity to meet seven-time AMA/NATC Each section is scored as 0,1,2,3, or 5. To make it Pro National MotoTrials through a section without a foot touchChampion, PAT SMAGE. ing the ground is a score of 0. One Prior to watching him in time touching to three times is a penaction, I educated myself alty point against the rider by a point a bit about how unique per incident. More than three times his expertise is. remains as 3 penalties as long as the section is completed without stalling Trials motorcycle riding the motor, traveling backwards, disis a highly skilled sport mounting, or veering off of the course that requires great balboundaries. ance and concentration. The bikes are stripped This is achieved by intense control down to be as light weight techniques of throttling, braking and as possible, resulting in the appearance of a mountain use of clutch, as well as weight shifting. Speed isn’t the bike accommodated by a small single-cylinder engine initiative; exceptional response time is. For instance, it with displacements ranging between 125cc - 300cc. is a must to know how much throttle to give to push the It is uncommon that one of these bikes ever exceeds 200 lbs. They also have the seat removed where the rider performs in a standing position, and the suspension is shorter than average. The objective is to complete an obstacle course consisting of extreme disarranged, yet natural terrain of boulders, logs, rock walls, and beds of water, absent of any pavement; while riding in only in a forward motion without ever letting a foot (or other body part for that matter) touch the ground, or else you get penalized. The rider finishing within the time allowance without crashing and with the least points is
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front tire upward on a piece of terrain and not spin out the rear wheel losing traction while at a pace as slow as you would walk. After watching the 24 year old perform, I got to sit down and find out some interesting facts about his career. FTM – How did you get into motorcycles? PAT – My parents met at a race track and both sides of the family are into motorcycles, so it was natural for
Smage Story me and my brothers to get into it. Something I’ve always done with my brothers and my dad. It’s pretty awesome! I got in through my dad. He raced Motocross for a long time. He ended up getting hurt in the 80’s pretty bad. It scared him a little bit, so he decided to build himself a trials bike by cutting his Motocross bike apart, and it’s been in the family ever since.
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FTM – How many broken bones do you have? PAT – Surprisingly, not many! I know I broke a finger and a couple toes. FTM – What about the biggest injury from a wreck? PAT – Actually riding Motocross I cut my face open pretty good. Riding trials has been safe. As you get better you learn how to fall and save yourself. You have to be smart about it obviously to still have fun.
FTM – How old were you when you started riding? PAT – I started around 7 or 8 years old, I’m not exactly sure. I rode them here and there, but never really got into it until I was 10 years old and got a trials bike for my birthday. Ever since then I’ve ridden every day. When I got into trials, I knew that’s what I wanted to do, so I stuck with it. FTM – What is the worse wreck you’ve encountered while riding in a competition? FTM – Tell me about your first experience with a win. PAT – That would be 2013 on a big drop where I landPAT – That would be my second year competing at ed and lost my front tire. It shot the bike underneath the local level at the youth class. My dad was there for and away from me. I hit my head on a rock. That was that, which was cool because he taught me how to ride the first time I had ever hit my head. It was a little bit and coached me through the whole event to get that weird and really didn’t know what to do after that. I win, and through the pro-level and get wins. He’s still never had a concussion, but I could feel the effects. It coaching me, so it’s pretty awesome that he’s involved was a little scary hitting my head like that, but luckily I as much as he is, and has taught me as much as he has. was alright and was able to finish out the day. It’s a great family sport for us. That’s what you mostly see is families who get their kids into it where the gen- FTM – Do you have any personal motorcycles that you erations keep coming. own? PAT – I Do. I have a duo sport right now- a WR250, FTM – How old were you in that first win? and a moped; gotta have a moped. And actually an old PAT – I was 10. It was a small local club. I wasn’t the trials bike that is street legal - a Honda Reflex. I have only one in that class, so I did beat some others! to keep that one forever. It’s kind of a vintage novelty
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PAT – I dream of going to Europe just isn’t for me. I tried when I was younger, and it didn’t work out. I think a new goal would be to raise the level of riding in the United States to get closer and closer to the Europeans, and hopefully one day I can coach a rider into competing over there and doing what I couldn’t.
item, but I still ride it.
FTM – Is this you want to retire doing, or further pursue as a career path? PAT – I’m not sure if that’s possible. There is some money in the sport, but not enough were a person could necessarily retire. So I’m doing it while I can and enjoying every minute of it! FTM – What made you want to enter America’s Got Talent? PAT – A lot of it was for exposure for my brother and me, but also for the sport in general. It was a good avenue for us to get into. You can’t buy that type of exposure anywhere unless you’re a millionaire. So to get in front of that many people sounded like a win-win for us. We had seen a trials rider get on the show a year before so we thought maybe there’s a chance we could make it. We sent our audition in, and fortunately it got the cut and made it a whole lot farther than we expected. So definitely glad we were able to pull that off. FTM – What is your life goal in the motorcycle industry regarding the competing aspect? PAT – I’ve already met a lot of the goals I did set out for. One of the goals I know I’ll never meet, unfortunately, is to be a world champion. But goals change over time. FTM – Why do you say that you wouldn’t be a world champion?
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FTM – And then what? PAT – I haven’t decided yet. I do live on a farm. That’s one option in the future (farming) But I have to play this out as long as I can, and when I’m needed there I’ll be ready to lend a hand in that.
---- Playing it out is indeed what we can expect from Pat Smage; an accomplished driven MotoTrials rider who keeps climbing to the top just like the terrain he conquers in competitions. I am honored to say I have met such a victorious young man.
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Medical training goes hand in hand with lots of things; like shooting and riding. Right out of high school I joined a fire department where I worked on the EMS (emergency medical services) side and eventually transitioned over to just running fire. I have made some great friends within the fire service along the way. I remember the Friday night before the Hillsboro High School Reunion Ride very well. Dave Brown was cleaning his bike in the engine bay and the rest of us were socializing and playing games at the kitchen table. There was excitement in the air because several members of our small fire district were participating the next morning in a multi-year motorcycle ride reunion; traveling down highway 21 to Potosi and back. As the night wrapped up, my wife and I went home and went to bed. Saturday morning was like any other Saturday morning; I slept in while my wife, Jessica, showered and got ready. Jessica had just come out of the master bath when my pager went off for the firehouse. The next thing I knew, she was yelling, “Dave got hurt and is being air lifted to a hospital in Saint Louis!” Immediately the name of the game was how fast can we get dressed and how fast can we get to the hospital?
horrendous that a bone from Dave’s leg was missing and he was losing blood profusely. Our friends removed a belt to make a tourniquet which stopped the bleeding and stabilized Dave. At the hospital everyone was emotional; we thought Dave was going to die as the doctors rushed him to get into surgery. While the surgery was successful, Dave ended up only losing his leg above the knee. He endured physical therapy to be able to walk again, survived his wife’s wrath for messing up her glock, and found a new career path within the fire service; all of which would have never happened without the quick actions of two fellow riders and their training.
With spring upon us, and all the things that we love doing outside such as riding, shooting, camping, hiking, hunting, etc., please considering getting some basic medical training and some basic first aid supplies that could literally mean the difference between life and death. We at Southern Armory are proud to be able to offer a course that can give you a life skill that can save someone. In honor Jessica and I got to the of Dave being saved, we are going hospital, as well as other members of our departto offer a simple tourniquet that can save a life ment. As everyone stood around in total disbelief, whether it’s yours, someone you love, or a commore details came out about the accident. We plete stranger. We would love to meet and train found out that Dave, along with our two friends you. If you want to sign up for a medical class visit Mike and Marty, were traveling south on Highway www.SouthernArmory.com or stop in at the store 21 during the multi-year motorcycle ride reunion at 9901 Watson Rd Saint Louis MO 63126 or call when he just missed a truck, but struck the boat us at (314)965-4867. trailer traveling north bound. The impact was so By: Aaron Tarlow
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Embracing Change; The Next Ch As we say farewell to a great person and a wonderful friend, Patty Bush from Doc’s Harley-Davidson, we say hello to the new owners, The Ernst Family. Beth and Greg Ernst are wonderful people with fresh new ideas to make Doc’s Harley the best Harley dealership in St. Louis. Beth and Greg are no stranger to retail and no stranger to St. Louis. Both of them are originally from St. Louis. They met in high school; then married and raised their twin boys, Chris and Bill, here in our beloved town. Beth’s father owned Advance Carpet; she was the Vice-President of the company. Greg was a Controller and the Operations Manager for their stores. Together they grew this company from one store to nine locations throughout the region. Carpet One, a worldwide floor company, was very impress with Advanced Carpet’s concept and bought them out. They both had loved retail, so after their sons graduated from high school, they decided to get back into it. Having a great love for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Greg felt it would be a great fit for him and his family to pursue a relationship with Harley-Davidson. He also made himself a promise that by the time he was 50, he wanted to own his own business and have a place where his boys could also work alongside him and Beth. Greg approached Beth with the idea. Beth grew up working for her father and knew what it was like and how it felt to work with family. It created this undeniable bond and she wanted her sons to know that same experience. She too wanted to own a business that would allow her boys to work and be a part of. She and Greg started a game plan. The first call that Greg made to Harley was pretty much a figurative slam the door in the face moments. They told him that there would be no way they would award them a store because they, at the time, where looking for car
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dealership owners. That did not stop Greg from pursuing this matter. He was bound and determined to own a Harley dealership. The first Harley dealership that they tried to get was Pig Trail Harley-Davidson in Bentonville, AR. They ended up being the runner up but alas, did not get that dealership. That did not stop Greg. In fact it made him more determined. Another dealership became available in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They contacted Harley telling them that they wanted that store. Harley told them that it’s just not that easy; they have to send in a business proposal. Now, there were four other applicants that were already approved by Harley for this dealership. This information still did not stop Beth and Greg. They did what Harley asked them to do and went up to Milwaukee; luckily to find out that Harley was very impressed by their business proposal, saying it was one of the best business plans they have ever seen. About two weeks later, they receive a call letting them know they have been AWARDED the dealership in Coeur d’Alene. With shear will, tenacity, and determination of two and half years in the making; they opened their new dealership in May of 2008. They called this dealership Lone Wolf Harley Davidson. Admittedly, they felt a bit green having a great business plan in place. But more importantly they knew they wanted to make sure their customers walked away feeling as if they just had the ultimate customer service experience. The Ernst family’s main focus was on their cliental. Every time a customer walked through the doors of their dealership, they wanted it to be a sense of a home away from home. Beth told me that everyone she and her family works with, rides with, plays with, and has a relationship with, whether it is personal or professional, are her family. It kind of gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling. In 2010 they saw an opportunity to purchase another Harley dealership in Spokane, Washington. This was a much larger store and much bigger town then Coeur d’Alene. It was originally called Schumate Harley-Davidson. Once they gained ownership, they changed the name to Timber Wolf Harley-Davidson. They ran both stores for about ten months and started scouting out a better location for the Spokane Dealership. The current
Doc’s Harley Davidson location wasn’t very visible from the highway. They came across a perfect location in Spokane Valley. The building was about 80,000 square feet and sat on approximately eleven acres. With hard work
and tenacity and the approval of Harley, in 2011 they opened the remodeled 78,000 square foot Lone Wolf Harley Davidson Dealership. This is a complete destination location. You may notice the name of this dealership is the same as their dealership in Coeur d’Alene. Even though the economy was wavering at best, the Ernst Family persevered. They felt it would be beneficial for them to take both of their locations and merge them into one. So with a heavy heart they closed the Coeur d’Alene location and the Spokane location and put all the attention to the brand new dealership in Spokane Valley. They decided to keep the name of Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson as a reminder of where it all began. This dealership is one of the top Harley dealers in the nation. A little while later they opened up another dealership in Lewiston, Idaho named Hells Canyon Harley-Davidson. This store is much smaller than the store in Spokane Valley, but is doing very well. Beth and Greg have created a great relationship with Harley, and with that Harley felt they would be a great candidate to own another dealership. With that news, they got the itch once more. They decided they wanted to open yet another dealership. Their search was on as they looked at several possibilities. Then came a true blessing; Doc’s Harley-Davidson was becoming available. Beth looked at Greg with such enthusiasm; “Greg, this is it. This is the one we have been waiting for!” This was their chance to move back home; a chance to reunite with their family and friends. They jumped at the opportunity.
Just like with their two other stores, Greg and Beth along with their two boys, Chris and Bill, have great plans to bring a whole new level of customer services to this dealership. Doc’s has been home to some many people throughout the years, and The Ernst family wants to welcome them all back. They are very involved owners. They will always be around to answer any questions or address any concerns. They have plans to host more events, have more rides, become heavily involved with the Kirkwood HOG Chapter, and more giving back. With all their dealerships, The Ernst family prides themselves on the level in which they are able to give back to the community; whether it is first responders, fallen soldiers, or even children in need. They truly enjoy giving to those who need help. Chris and Bill also have plans to help and encourage that younger rider. Along with their father, who rides a 2012 Screamin Eagle Road Glide, Bill rides a 2014 Street Glide and Chris has a Screamin Eagle Road Glide. This is our next generation of riders and they want to encourage those who want to rider to pursue their dream of riding. They want to create a place where the young rider can go and have a great time with people their own age. Beth could not stress enough to me the importance of the level of customer service experience she offers to all of you. She and her family love Harley-Davidson; they believe in all their products; they are grateful for all of the relationships they have created from coast to coast because of their involvement with Harley. Every customer that walks into the door is their family. Whether you are brand new to Doc’s and the Harley world or you have been coming there for years, this dealership will always be your home away from home. So the next time you go to Doc’s Harley-Davidson, make sure you take a moment to meet the Ernst Family. Once you do, you will know exactly what I’m talking about. They are the best people you’ll ever want to meet.
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Nowadays people want the new shiny stuff, i.e. anything chrome. So what about chrome lower legs on your bagger? The process is pretty simple and pretty affordable. When deciding to do the lower legs, remember that your fork cans are stainless and not chrome, so make sure to plan to replace them. These can range from $35 for a basic “stock style” on up for custom ones.
Now take the screwdriver and remove the keeper on the end of the fork tube. This can be done by inserting the tip of the screwdriver and spreading the keeper open. Slide the keeper off, along with the old seal and washer.
You can now remove the old fork tins by removing the 2 bolts located on the Now the lower legs; these top of the tins. Slide the tins off. Next, slide the new can be anywhere from $200 fork tins onto the fork tubes. Use some Loctite on the to $500. Be sure to do your bolts, and secure the new homework and make sure tins in place. that they are quality plated. If you’re buying aftermarket, be sure they are correct fitment for your bike. Next step is to slide the You’ll also wanna make sure you have new fork seals new fork seal and washer and fork oil for the new install. onto the fork tubes. Replace the keeper on the To begin the install, you must first remove the front bottom of the fork tubes. wheel and fender. Next remove the brake calipers. You can now slide the new Remove the axle clamp lower legs onto the tubes. on the right leg. You will need to have a 6mm You will need a fork seal Allen wrench to remove tool to slide down the fork the bottom damper bolts. tubes to set the new seal These bolts are located in into the top of the new lower legs. The seal needs to be the bottom of the legs. Be driven down far enough careful during removal, to seat the seal keeper as the bolts can easily be ring. stripped. Make sure to have a drain pan under Now slide the lower legs the legs when removing up and install the dampthese because they will er bolts from the bottom start to drain. You can side of the legs. Once slide the lower legs up and down to help push the fluid everything is tight, you out. can install your fork oil. Check with the manuWhen most of the fluid has drained, you can slide the facturer for the model of legs down to access the clip that helps hold the seals in. your bike to determine Using a standard screwdriver you can pry the ring out. the fluid amount. Fluid Now gently slide the leg up and down, using a little can be filled through the force going downward to dislodge the seal. Slide the top of the fork tubes by removing the fork tube caps. legs off the fork tubes and set them to the side.
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There were five people aboard an airplane having engine trouble getting ready to crash, however, there were only four parachutes. Everyone wondered what should be done to determine who should get the parachutes. One person said that he was the smartest thing that hit the face of the Earth, and that he was too smart to die. So, he took one of the parachutes and jumped out of the aircraft. The second person said that she was too important to die, she had children and a family to take care of, and they depended on her to care for them. So, she took one of the parachutes and jumped out of the aircraft. The third person said that he was too important to die because his family depended on him for survival. He was the head of household and the sole bread winner. So, he took one of the parachutes and jumped out of the aircraft. Finally, there were only two people left, and one parachute. One person was a 12 year old boy, and the other was a 65 year old man. The old man said, “Well son, I have lived a good life, and you are too young to die, you have a long life ahead of you. So, you take the last parachute. The boy asked, “Why, Sir?” The old man said, “Well, there is only one parachute left.” The little lad said, “Sir there are really two parachutes left.” The old gentlemen asked, excitedly, “Yeah? How?” “Well,” replied the boy, “you know that guy who thought he was the smartest and greatest thing that hit the face of the Earth? He grabbed my backpack.”
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“Two Nuts Welcome back Full Throttle readers and riders and welcome to a special edition for this month’s read!
This is the time of year that all sorts of builds are born, as it is the perfect time to do so. Winter offers us that stretch of time to confidently pull our machines apart, freshen up, build up, and motor up our bikes no matter the year make our model. As always without fail, the Midwest Motor-Gods offer up a rare 65 degree day, and we are made to suffer as we decline to even answer the phone to inform our riding buddies, “No I can’t come out and play cause my toy is currently in pieces!” In fact, both my Cafe Sporty and my Springer are getting some winter love and I’ve missed a few nice days myself. But in the end, this is simply how functional, pleasurable, and beautiful rides come to be.
As most of you know, I work in the Harley-Davidson Industry. But what you may not know is I love pretty much anything with a combustible motor. So when I was approached by the owner of St. Charles Harley-Davidson / Big St. Charles Motorsports to do a custom build that was outside my comfort zone, I accepted with excited anticipation! I was tasked to build a bike and a team for a national competition sponsored by Yamaha’s Star Motorcycle line! What might the blank canvas be you ask? A bone stock 950 Yamaha Bolt to be entered into the 2014 Battle of The Bolts Build-off! I now knew what I was going to design and build, but wasn’t sure who I would be working with.
came right to mind! The lovable Andrew “Hoops” Baker!! Andrew aka “Hoops” is a young and upcoming kid in the motorcycle industry with a rap career to fall back on should things not work out. No really, Google it, Krispy Klean “I’m a man” - you’ll get a good laugh! I informed Hoops he would be my guy for this build. After he did his goofy happy dance with hoots and hollers we both agreed out of all the possibilities that a “cafe” platform would be our overall goal! What is a cafe build? A cafe build is basically a pre-era sport bike. These bikes were naked, no cowlings, bare bones, with clip-ons or a clubman style handlebar to get you low slung and leaning over the tank. Essentially, it was a poor man’s race bike. How did they come up with the name? Well it all starts across the pond in England. The British chaps would all meet up at the local cafe and as any person with two wheels can relate, at some point and time a discussion as to who’s bike is nicer, better, newer and more importantly faster would break out! So those who could not settle their differences with words did it the only way that was proof positive; they got on their bikes and raced from one cafe to the next and first to arrive would be the winner of a pint and bragging rights - hence the term “Cafe Racer”. Now that we knew the history and the look we were going for, it was time to go from the drawing board to the lift! Hoops went crazy on tearing the bike down. In fact, I was hoping to get some pictures of the tear down but by the time I had made it back, Hoops had a frame, two wheels and a motor. Now to get to building! I had a goal in mind; I wanted this to be a bike a person could feasibly build. We had the talent to go bigger, but I wanted something that would be realistic; something that you could see at the local hang-out knowing it wasn’t built by some big name from the Discovery channel with deep-deep pockets and sponsors.
As I thought of a team to build for this project I started to get a little selfish. Not to say that I wanted all the spot light, but when building a project such as this; sometimes more is not better, also lines can get crossed and mud up the build. It was then and there I decided to go with a simple two man team. A good friend, who is also a very talented techniAs I started to look for unique parts for the build, I ran cian here at the shop, as well as an all-around class clown, into some problems; the first being it was very hard to
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and a Bolt” find unique products for the Bolt. In fact, it was hard to find ANY product at all for this bike! (At least product we wanted to use...) So I fell back on my Harley skills. I figured the Bolt was trying to compete with the Sportster market, so why not start there. Lucky for me I have some great contacts to rely on! First things first - Cafe builds need tall rear shocks to achieve greater bank angles, as well as to complete the stylized look! Only one guy I know to handle that; Mr. Jesse Jurrens of Legend Suspensions! I filled him in on what I was doing and after he called me a few fowl names for taking on a non-Harley project, he assured me I’d have a working product for my application within weeks. Now that we are talking about bank angles, the right pipe choice was paramount to building this cafe racer. If the pipe is too low you risk hitting the pipe and causing a low-side wash out. Again, in this world it’s not what ya know, but sometimes who ya know! And I know my boy Greg out at Two Brothers Racing in Cali had something in mind! We received the first Two Brothers S-Comp 2-1 pipe ever produced! This stainless steel pipe is gorgeous as well as high and tight to get that extra lean angle in. Best of all, it sounds like it eats adorable baby kittens for breakfast! It’s just mean! We topped off the build with some RSD clip-ons, a Biltwell Whiskey throttle set up, and some Lowbrow grips. Hoops relocated the ignition and all handle bar switches to the side covers with some smooth simple buttons, again from Lowbrow. I mounted up the Bridgestone Spitfire tires to some black Yamaha spoked rims and threw them on the bike for that old school feel! All the easy parts were done. Now for the hard part; make this thing look like it’s going a hundred miles an hour sitting still! There were some rules and guidelines to the competition: the bike needed to be DOT street legal, the builders must use all original fenders and tank, and the rake and trail must remain stock. Hoops handled the rear fender; as it would need to be cut down, formed, and welded, which
Article By Marshall Tucker takes skill and patience. Hoops used about half of the original rear fender then welded that to the custom seat cowl he fabbed from scratch. As for me…..Well I got to cutting and grinding down the front fender which does not require all those fancy skills and patience Hoops has. I took about five inches total off the front and rear of the front fender to give it that sporty chopped down look. We ordered up a Yamaha mini fairing to mount around the headlight, but after opening the box we found out it wasn’t so mini. So again we got back to cutting and grinding to trim down the mini fairing to be... well... mini-er. Only thing left to do now is lay the spray! Who might be the amazing painter who created this epic eye-catching work of art; a big name on the west coast, some cat from the Discovery biker build dork-off? Nope! The wrench turning, white boy rapping, crazy welding Andrew “Hoops” Baker! This kid never ceases to amaze me! He only started painting late last year but like anything he gets his head into, he sits back, he watches, learns, and then simply perfects the task at hand. Believe it or not, this is only the SECOND custom paint job Hoops has ever done; the first being his own bike. Hoops took inspiration from the Kenny Roberts classic Yamaha black and yellow set up and ran with it. This paint features multiple panels with multiple styles and it is truly amazing! The Battle of the Bolts voting was done online via social media. We are very proud of the blood, sweat, and gears that went into developing this mobile metal work of art. I am stoked to report we won 1st place in our region! But in the end, even with all of the support from our STL riding community, friends, families, and venders, we failed to place in the finals. For Hoops and I, it was for sure a win. Two friends got to build a really cool one-off bike that no one else in this world has! To me that’s the winning ticket. Thanks for stopping by and y’all enjoy the ride! The Stinger is on display at the shop and up for sale!! Come on in and check it out! Should you want Hoops to lay some spray for ya AKA paint your bike, contact me and I’ll hook ya up!
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As described in the dictionary: Wicked
(wik’id) / EVIL or MORALLY WRONG *intended to or capable of harming someone or something: He should be punished for his wicked driving. That is the first thought that comes to your mind when you see or hear Steve and Beth Martin’s Bad Ass ’56 Chevy Gasser. When you meet Steve you feel like you have known him your whole life and you would have been lucky to say you have because he is a great guy; easy to talk to and a very talented car builder. I’d be proud to have him build a car or truck for me, especially if it is anything like his ’56 Chevy.
Fast forwarding when both Steve’s got together talking
about the car, Steve #1 was building for his brother Marty. They found out this was an old drag car from the 60’s, but Marty saw a Chopped ’50 Chevy truck Steve #2 owned. They decided a trade was needed so a deal was made. Steve brought the ’56 home and it was in pretty good shape, but still missing some important pieces. Another friend came into the mix and the two of them traded for the car once again.
This car has a pretty cool story and I’m sure I can’t tell it as good as Steve or his good friend Steve Graham, who was the About a year goes by original owner. The way I understand it, and another trade was this ’56 kind of lost made for the car to bring it back home again. its life and was put I’m not sure if you saw this coming, but the to pasture, as they car left again. Something about this car; it say. We all know couldn’t stay gone. Another friend sold Steve cars don’t really die; some fiberglass fenders and a hood for a ’56 they just rest until Chevy so Steve bought it back, AGAIN, for a true Hot Rodder the 3rd time. I told you it had a cool story finds it. That’s what the car that couldn’t get away! This time he happened with this knew it wasn’t getting away again; he had a one. Steve Graham vision of a finished car. A period Correct 60’s loves building Tri-5 GASSER. So the work began. Chevy’s, and when he found this one it had a few parts he needed. Steve The complete front end was removed from the firecame back to the car on many occasions to buy parts from the owner until one day he decided to just buy the wall forward including the frame rails. To replace the area they made some 2”X4” frame rails and added a whole car.
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hing Wicked straight axle, and disc brakes. They notched the firewall for a big block 496 cu.in., with a 671 GMC blower to be exact. Steve replaced the floor, body mounts, and braces as needed; then removed the body from the frame. They found old tabs still welded on the frame from the drag race days six feet forward of the rear end, so they left them to be re-used with the new 9” Ford positraction rear end. After cleaning the frame it was painted red.
With the body still off of the frame, it was easier to paint the roof red with medium red flake and clear coated. The dash and the firewall was painted with gold metal flake, while the rest of the body was painted Hot Rod Flat Bone. This combination really works well together. All of the trim is OEM from the car, swap meets & friends. When it came time to put the drivetrain back together, Steve knew this was going to be a driver for him and his wife, so he wanted it to be somewhat quiet. He used Speedway fenderwell headers, 3” exhaust, and added Turbo mufflers. It has a Turbo 350 transmission with a 4000 rpm stall and a shift kit sending the power to 3.08:1 gears. For the wheels he found some Cragar 15”X4-1/2” front and 15”X10” rear, with Mickey Thompson 215R70-15 front and N50-15 rear tires at a local Flea Market.
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For the interior he picked a fabric and color to match a 60’s Schwinn bicycle seat he had when he was younger. He used Wayne & Elaine Mutert to upholster the 1965 Pontiac bucket seats, and then he completed the rest of the interior. To keep the project going with the 60’s theme it also has a Moon gas tank, six foot ladder bars, and a parachute. Steve is proud to say all of the work was done in his garage. With all builds, we are all thankful to our friends and family, but Steve wants to thank God first and foremost. He also wanted to send special thanks Tom Tritsch, Steve Graham, Dennis Sutton as well as many others. Steve told me she loves to smoke the tires so he tries to make her happy every time he takes her out. I’ve seen this GASSER leave many shows and saying he loves to smoke her tires is definitely an understatement. FULL THROTTLE is more like it and all you see is smoke! Be sure to check out next month’s issue of Full Throttle Magazine to see “Something Wicked.”
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A good percentage of motorcycle accidents happen in curves. Most experienced riders have had a “moment of clarity” after misjudging the radius of a curve and their speed. Entering a curve too fast limits the rider’s choice in how to handle the matter. A person could ride it through, clamp down on the brakes, and ride into a lane of oncoming traffic or off the road. The brakes and riding outside the lane are the wrong choices. No matter, this is a hairy situation for any rider. Here are four strategies to help with negotiating curves. Counter-steering Many riders fail to recognize that counter-steering is how a motorcycle really turns. A motorcycle turns by leaning. The geometry of the chassis, round tires, and natural forces cause the machine to arc around the curve in a bank. The rider must maneuver the motorcycle from an upright to a precisely leaned position to input a change in direction. Some believe that they are able to maneuver their motorcycle by simply leaning their body or by looking into the turn. These techniques only assist the bike’s turn. Riders who do not think they are counter-steering really are; they just do not know it. Pay close attention when making any sort of turn and notice how a slight amount of pressure on the inside handlebar initiates the lean. The most effective way to initiate a lean is to press forward and down on the handlebar on the side that you want to turn. You essentially unbalance the bike so that it “falls” into a lean. Press on the right handlebar to initiate a lean right and press on the left handlebar to lean left. It is important to be able to counter-steer with authority when a curve suddenly tightens more than expected, or when a tight corner is approached at too fast of a speed. Continue to push down (counter-steer) to control the path of travel. Look Ahead By looking far ahead, a rider can see corners well in advance. Find blind corners by following the line of the road, viewing tree lines and/or light posts. When negotiating a curve, you want to be in a position to see oncoming traffic. An experienced rider knows to look where they want to go. If he/she fixates (target fixation) on the side of the road, the bike will go there. Watch for curves with a decreasing radius (tightening). This type of curve can trick a rider into entering a curve too fast. Use an “outside-inside-outside” path of travel. Start the curve wide, move to the inside of the curve and wide again for the exit. Also, this strategy will lessen the radius of the curve making it easier to negotiate the
motorcycle lean. A group of riders should always drop into a single formation when negotiating curves. Entry Speed Motorcycle riders need to be able to judge the radius of a curve, slow to the correct entry speed, and match gear to speed in ADVANCE of the turn. Once in the curve, he/she should lean the bike, slowly roll on the throttle (evens out the suspension), and ride through. Riders who apply brakes while in curves are a risk to themselves, passengers, and others on the road. It means they entered a corner too hot (fast) and found themselves in a hairy situation with little to no time to react correctly. In addition, they may never have had the chance to learn how to ride a curve correctly and developed a bad habit. If riding in a group and the rider ahead is braking while in a curve, back off and give this person plenty of room. It is only a matter of time before they clamp the brake too hard in a curve and high-side the bike. Braking in a curve is ineffective. THE ONLY WAY TO GET OUT OF A CURVE AT TOO FAST OF A SPEED IS TO LEAN THE BIKE MORE! Most riders do not realize that they have a lot more room to lean with available ground clearance and traction. In addition, it is far less dangerous to low-side a bike than to high-side it. By the way, alcohol impairment affects a rider’s ability to judge a curve’s entry speed. Motorcycle Condition Pushing a bike through a curve with old or bald tires is a bad idea. An old tire could easily fail or lose grip. The suspension system on a bike, custom or not, can greatly affect the motorcycles ability to handle a curve. The rake, trail, fork offset, steering axis, and head angle of a motorcycle can cause a variety of reactionary behaviors (sway/wobble). Always research the advantages and disadvantage of custom rakes before taking a modified bike into performance situations. Wide back tires may also affect a motorcycle’s handling characteristics. Forks and shocks in bad condition cause a lot of sag, sway, and bounce in a curve. Make sure your suspension is in good shape. The best way to eradicate bad habits is to implement better strategy while riding. These new strategies will soon become second nature. The thought of braking in a curve will become a non-existent habit of the past, and twisties will be a thrill instead of a challenge. As always, please pass on your experience and knowledge to other riders during down times.
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