Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lock and I are riding out to born free!!!

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Here is a video my friend Ryan made about my thirty six.  It

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Born Free five is one week away!

Brittney and I will be out in sunny california in just one week from today.  We are super excited.  Last year the Green KNucklehead that we built won best in show, so Mike and Grant invited us back to be a part of the Builder Invite segment of the show.   We were already building Brittney's race bike, so we decided to have it debute at the show.  Here is a video that my friend Ryan HK shot about it.   If you are planning on going,  come swing by and say hi.  Ill be riding out with Lock, and Britt will be driving out with our pal Jim Wall and his Indian Board track bike.

Born-Free 5 Invited Builder Series-Matt Olsen of Carl's Cycle Supply from Born-Free on Vimeo.

Friday, June 21, 2013

New David Uhl Painting

Here is a cool photo that I saw on the internet of David Uhl shaking hands with the Pope at the European segment of Harley's 110th Anniversery Celebration.   The original painting will be in the Vaticans art collection, and they plan on making a series of post cards with the image that David painted on it.   The bike in the painting belongs to my friend George,  It is a 1948 panhead that my dad and I restored nine or ten years ago and sold.   I am so psyched to have a small roll in the coolness of this photo and moment

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Rory's 37 ULH for sale

My best friend from Highschool bought this bike four years ago and has moved onto other interests.  It is on ebay here is the link  http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=251293084265 The bike is for sale locally and we can end the auction.

38 el photos

I am just about done with Jim's 38, I got the rest of the black paint for it yesterday, I have to fit a gas line to the bike then send the petcocks and line out for plating.   I think that thirty eights are the most perfect bikes of  all time.
 Gareth flew in and met up with us at Saint Paul and we spent some time on putting his 38 el together.  This bike started out as a red ulh that we bought from Kentucky.  It was in rough shape and we ended up retubing the front half of the frame and front end.  It is coming along nicely. 
 Here is Gareth on the adventure bike

update on Brittneys bike

Sorry for the lack of posts,  life has been pretty hectic.  We finished britts bike up a month ago, and had some complications with it and had to rebuild the motor to replace a faulty sprocket shaft.  We jumped through all of those hoops and have it runnign really well.  I have had it up to 65, and britt has had it up to 75,  I guess the 100 pound weight difference really has an affect.   Here is a pic of britts bike at the Saint Paul Fairgrounds from this past weekend.

Here is a pic of Brittney riding her bike for the first time.  It really fits her perfectly.  The bike will be at Born free next week, and then she has an exhibition run with Jim Wall in Holyoke Colorado on July Fourth.  Try to make it out if you can.
 This last weekend we went to the Viking AMCA meet to hang out with some friends.  We ran into Frank from Strong arm sprays.  He is a great guy and is always helping out on some level or another with the AMCA.  His product is really good too. We use it for breaking rusty stuff loose and even as cutting fluid on the lathe.
We stayed with Kevin and Amy Baas while we were in town.  I am always amazed at how quickly their boys are growing. This is Mason, he is so cool.
I saw this really cool bsa bike while I was at the meet.  It is tricked out and looks like a lot of fun to ride.

and another shot of my beautiful wife.  This bike was easy to build, there really are not a lot of parts on it or things to worry about, like clutches, brakes, or electrics.  She will be racing it at wauseon and davenport, so please come out and see some cool 90 year old bikes in action.   If you cant make it to the races, there will be a feature on it in american iron magazine.