Posts from the Events Category

Took the 4runner just in case I decide to buy something big

Not a bad price for this clean Honda CL 450.  The owner was asking $3500 or best offer

Digging the setup on this Shovel

One of many reasons why I love swap meets, you’ll never know what you will run into

A great place for sharing old stories and good memories

Where else can you get used magazines for $.50 per issue

Check out this bitching frame

Aside from cheap parts, chatting with the sellers is enough to get your Sunday morning going

 

Check out that longboard in the back…

Follow OakTownChoppers on Instagram if you haven’t already. Super cool dude

No description needed. This screams “STAY THE FUCK AWAY”… lol

As I was making my rounds, a guy came up to me and gave me this… Sweet!

“Can I take a picture of this trike?”

“Sure buddy!”

Snaps Snaps..

“Ok now you gotta buy it!

“That’s a nice camera!”

“Thanks! you want a picture?”

“Sure, I won’t charge you”

I heard about Basket Case Magazine in one of Recycle Garage‘s podcasts. It was nice to meet Josh, the guy behind the magazine. We had a short chat about future events and rides. If you’re ever in Santa Cruz, stop by and support their magazines.

This blue Shovel is a regular here. Good seeing it again

“Can I take a picture of this mini bike?”

“Sure, you can take it home too for $20!”

“What! You don’t gotta tell me twice!!”

Best $20 I’ve ever spent lol

I knew it was a good idea to take the 4runner!

Walked back to the parking lot to check out more bikes

Alex English from Old E Metalworks broke everyone’s neck with this Knucklehead

What a bike! The average eye cannot comprehend all the little details Alex put into this bike

It was a successful swap meet as I got what I was looking for and more

Rear swing arm for my Shovel project…

$20 mini chopper…

A stash of magazines…

and I bought a raffle ticket for Born Free 9 which came with this rad poster of the Panhead that they’re raffling off this year

Until next time Lnspltrs!

The idea of a build off came to me when I chillin on my dad’s hammock in the backyard. Directly across from me was Ruby (my CB750) that was now in oblivion. Ruby was stripped off paint, fenders removed, and left lifeless of what was supposed to be a “Cafe” build that I once anticipated. Bought on Christmas day in 2015, I was stoked to take on a new project. A bike that I always dreamt of having.

As you can see above, the bike was mint, a classic, but it was missing something. My personal touch. I didn’t want to ride something that was done by somebody else. It was like dating a girl that still reeks of her ex boyfriend. So into the chop shop it went, aka my garage.

I took Ruby to Elk Grove, where I currently work and live. Bars were the first to come off, then fenders, then paint, the whole 9. It was good progress. Everything went as planned until I saw an article on facebook titled “The best roads to ride in California”. The article sparked an idea and months later we were riding Hwy 36 and the Avenue of the Giants. Because of the epic ride, Ruby was put aside to make space for Rusty. Rusty needed a makeover and had to be prepped for the 700 miles round trip up north.

Once the trip was over, it was time to work on Ruby, SIKE! While surfing the net, aka craigslist, I found a great deal on a project that I also dreamt of having. A couple texts back and forth and I was a proud owner of a 1930 Ford Model A. As you can see, I am now running out of time and space for Ruby. So what did I do? I brought it back to my parents house and left it to collect dust until that day…that special hammock “chillin” day.

“Let’s have a fucken build off! Cafe racer/brat style, no rules, no budget, only catch is your bike gotta start and pass the test run.” I told the guys.

“Down, Down, Down” everyone was on board and the fire under everyone’s ass was lit!

For the weeks prior to the meet, my mind was occupied with ideas on how I’d rebuild Rusty for Born Free 6. I already had in mind a specific look that I was going for but didn’t make any final decisions until after the swap meet.

Similar to the last event, I left SJ early and arrived at the meet just in time before the parking lot filled up.

From a quick glance, the meet definitely had more vendors than last time. I figured it was because of warmer weather. For this meet, I prepared myself just enough money to buy what I need only.

After about two hours of browsing and carefully searching for parts, I came home a happy camper. Found some parts that I can tweak and add to Rusty.

You meet the friendliest people at cycle swap meets. One of many reasons why I keep coming back aside from parts

Fancy looking bike

Unlike the last meet which was mostly dominated by Ironheads, this meet had more Shovels than Home Depot

Such a sweet looking scoot

LNSPLT approved!

I’d love to see the owner bust a U turn on this bike

Next to it was this immaculate Knuckle. My all time favorite motor

Interesting bars on this Rat

This ironhead was one of my favs

So was this one

This bike had me feeling some type of way

Hands down my favorite bike at the meet

I knew it…chicks only dig crotch rockets

“Each year the BSA Owners Club of Northern California organizes The Clubman’s All British Motorcycle Weekend. The Clubman’s All-British Weekend is held for the recognition and promotion of British motorcycles, British motorcycle clubs and the British motorcycling community. The Clubman’s All-British Weekend is an all volunteer event, with support from the many British motorcycle clubs. All motorcyclists are welcome to come and enjoy the weekend” – BSAOCNC

7:30 A.M.

Betty The Radio Flyer was ready to haul parts

Such a good looking truck

Colors on point

World’s Fastest Motorcycle

Velocette bikes from England

This race inspired Norton was a beauty

Old parts are the best parts

I don’t know why I didn’t buy a ticket. Maybe because I knew I wasn’t gonna stay till the end of the show

Such a sweet looking lid. MURICA!

I was chatting with this vendor for a bit and he told me how he just snagged a running Shovelhead for $900! Lucky bastard.

He was one tough sob of a seller, I had to bargain for the longest time until we came into an agreement

Got myself a seat and a vintage tail light from him

Cool looking rigid frame

I’d like to own a Triumph one day

This set up would be killer once its done

More parts

Sheila and I were the only Asians there and probably the youngest

Such awesomeness

Well done to whoever built this

A very tasteful BSA

It can be yours for $3,500

Bikes for sale

Spotted a fellow wagon

More parts

Tools

Found a nice background for a quick photo of Betty

Stay tune for Part 2!

 

Part 2 consists of the bikes that I saw in the parking lot

The first bike that stuck out was Eric Justesen’s VLX built by TJ Brutal Customs

Probably one of the cleanest VLX’s in the U.S.

And it can be yours!

Young checking out the details

Check out the front tire and the pipes on this immaculate Shovel

Props to the builder for a well done bike

Easily one of my favorite bikes at the meet

This bike was full of love

Lean like a cholo

Wicked bars are wicked

LNSPLT approved

Didn’t see many Cafe style bikes, this was one of the few

Road Kings were everywhere!

This rigid Panhead was a nice sight

I have a soft spot for skinny bikes

Digging everything about this bike

Raiders

This Honda CB750 was spotless!

Loving the tires choice and tank position on this bike

A great amount of time was spent on admiring this Panhead

The bike that stood out like a sore thumb was this Rat inspired VLX

Built by Eric from Casa Customs

Jax Teller and his buddy

Imagine cruising down the coast with this trike

Found Mario’s twin

The Horse

XS400

For $3,500 OBO, it can be yours

Socal VLX’s

Another Panhead spotted

My favorite bike at the meet

Everything was very well executed

Interesting pipes on this Shovel

Love how clean the bars look on this Shovel

Other bikes

I’m gonna end the post with Pop’s 1976 Shovelhead. This bike was stolen soon after I took this photo. If you look closely, you can see the lock on the ground instead of being locked on the rotor. If you see this bike please contact @moonsmc on Instagram and call the police. Spread awareness and help a brother find his ride.

Thank you for looking.