Thursday, April 7, 2011


It is funny how excited you get when a new project comes around. You cobble parts together, nothing matches, and you balance them all over your frame, each part precariously balance with care. Then you step back and squint and try to get some ideas flowing. Yesterday i was thinking about how i built my triumph and told myself for the next project i get into, forget all the chrome and sparkle shit.
Building a bike is supposed to be fun, and when you get into trying to make every part perfect or every bracket chrome, i think it starts to loose it's appeal. Building a bike takes forever, some people seem to be able to just bang out a built and go, and i am not one of those people. I hate working on the same bike forever, it's so hard to keep up a level of enthusiasm that makes you want to get your ass down to your shop and work on that bike. I struggle with this because i am a anal dude and i really like detailed work. I think with a bike build this personality trait can get in the way of you just saying " fuck it, that looks good...just weld it on." I feel sometimes it makes it very difficult to make a decision and keep that momentum going with getting your bike built. It sounds cliche but building a bike is really hard. Not technically but more pertaining to keeping momentum as you work on a project for such a long period of time. So for my next project, I'm not taking a pile of parts to the chromer's. I am going to go with the flow. Keeping in mind that the goal is to ride this bike, not drive to my shop for 2 years and work on it inside. I need the wind in my beard and a warm clam pressed into my back....easy style...TL

First cock up of my Triumph, a few years ago~