Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Free Tomorrow Motorcycles-UPDATE

My friend Kim gave me this sweet belt buckle for my birthday. She is originally from the Denver area. Her parents rode bikes in the 70s and frequented Free Tomorrow, but she had no other info. I love the stylized Avon Speedmaster tyre on a spoked wheel with the groovy script cast in heavy brass.
Free Tomorrow
I want to use this as points cover or on a tool bag for my Sporty. But I wanted to be sure the place wasn't run by some child molester or douche lord.

The address on the back is currently the home of a medical marijuana dispensary, no joke:
4900 W 46th Ave
Denver, CO 80212

Even after searching around on the the web I wasn't able to turn up anything about the shop. So naturally I asked the Rocky Mountain Wrench himself. Irish Rich came through with the straight dope:
I remember Free Tomorrow motorcycle shop, I used to buy parts there. It was on 45th Ave., just a couple blocks east of Sheridan Blvd., right by Lakeside Amusement Park. I knew Jack Fisher and Kenny Conway (the guys that owned it) very well. Matter of fact, I see Kenny off and on around town still. Kenny had his own shop for awhile, then managed a couple more custom shops in town.

It was around in the ‘70’s, then Jack and Kenny closed it up, and Jack went off tattooing in a school bus. I heard that somebody blew the top of his head off in the 80’s sometime, over some shady deal.

Hope this helps you out.

Regards, Rich

Righteous compadres are better than a Google search any day...

Wonder Woman

Waiting for this show to premiere, me?

Perish the thought!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The real fun begins Saturday

My bikes, parts and tools have been spread out over 3 counties for the last few months. Last week I finally got everything into my garage. I should have the seat for the CB750 back from the unpholsterer by the weekend. I'm going to see The Greenhornes on Thursday night, then to a benefit for the widow of my former band manager Friday night in Louisville. With the extended celebration of my birthday last week I haven't had much time to tear into my projects. But that is all gonna change starting this Saturday. I have a little bit of carburetor fine tuning to do on the Honda to make it a streetable bike.

Then I am gonna tear into the Sporty.

Stance is everything when it comes to styling a bike. The image I have in my mind is an amalgamation of the HA picture a few posts back and these two bikes:

By giving myself a strict deadline of Memorial Day Weekend I will have to forego hardtailing the frame for now. But I will be cutting 2-3 inches out of the forks. With the progressive shocks and a 16" wheel shod in a Speedgrip it should make for a nicely slammed swingarm bike.

I am starting school in October so this will be my last project for a while, and it will be a good one. I Can't wait to finish and ride with my bros this summer.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Appalachian Roots

Last weekend my grandma told me a story about her dad making moonshine in Tennessee when she was a girl. I love my family and my Hillbilly heritage.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Go Irish!!!

Ok, I realize The Singing Loins are English. BUT Billy Childish worked with Shane McGowan when they were in art school and this cut is a damn sight better than anything The Pogues ever did. Happy St. Patricks Day to all you Hibernians where ever you may be!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Back to it

I realize I have slacked on posting germane topics lately. I haven't had alot of time to update my new computer and get files transferred from the old one, sorry. But rock n roll and pretty girls will always do in a pinch.

I actually have been working on plenty of motorcycle related stuff. The Honda should be back togther this weekend,moved to Indy and sporting a new seat. Once I have a rideable bike I will get cracking on the Sporty. Incidentally I dropped off the title work today and finished up a new GKM article on Keith Wright's Sporty.

Here's a dumb video for a great song:

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Big Red Flag: "Hates" The Misfits

I should of ran right then.

She hated The Ramones too...what was I thinking?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I take inspiration where I find it

Though I am proud to be from here it always surprises me that people around the world dig stuff from Indiana.

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An unfocused dilettante. I'm not half bad. Overall a very good yegg and a wrong guy in an increasingly right world.