My god, it was a HOT day. But, met with some great people! I finally managed to meet PAUL CROWE of THE KNEESLIDER! And, as is my tendency, was so excited that I completely forgot to take a picture of him. I'm going to have to take a "calm-the-heck-down" pill soon. It was GREAT to see you Paul! Here's some pics from later in the day, when I finally remembered that I did have my camera.
Chumma, Tom, Aniket, Fireball 1, Musket. Brothers in arms!
My friend Al on left, who's planning to build a vintage sidecar Musket, Tom and Chumma. This gorgeous machine is the very first Fireball built with the combined efforts of Tom and Chumma. It is FAST! I'm lusting after something just like this. Understated, purposeful, timeless. And an exhaust note to die for.
Justin (whose immaculate Tiger 750 can be seen in the background) and the three of us. Justin is also a Fireball rider.
The BADGER! Mouthwatering machine.
I had a delightful chat with this interesting gentleman on a fantastic MotoGuzzi Falcone. Just have to love that external flywheel!
Guys, Mid Ohio Vintage Days is getting close- just a couple more weeks!
I'm planning to ride the Musket there. Chumma will also be there with the Badger racer team as well as the No. 1 Fireball Bullet. Hope to see you there! I will post later about when and where.
Check out this beautifully shot teaser for a pulse-racer of a project!
The best thing is that the motor for this 500cc Bullet based vintage racer is being built by my terrific-madcap-engine-building-geniusFireball buddy Sumanth aka CHUMMA! You guys must have seen the Kneeslider article on the performance package for the 500 Bullet, called the Fireball, developed by the combined forces of Chumma and Tom Lyons, the learned sage of ACE Performance:
The Badger racer project is a bike that you can ride on the street, ride hundreds of miles to the racetrack, race it and ride it back home. Quite a project!
Please support it as much as you can, you will be acknowledged in the end credits in the DVD movie on the whole story!
Not a motorcycle related post.
Have to put it here because it's the biggest thing to happen in my life.
"Delhi Belly" is the most atypical, un-bollywood, funny-as-shit movie ever. If it's playing anywhere near you and you have a taste for a wacky, well written, mild-expletive-sprinkled comedy, WATCH IT!
My brother Akshat wrote and 'assistant-directed' it!
And here's the kicker- he wrote this script FIFTEEN YEARS ago, as a student at UCLA film school. As always happens in the movie business, it takes a LOT of time and effort and tweaks before a script turns into a movie.
Even more impressive that after all that time went by it still seems so fresh and made the impact it did, the world over. Positive reviews from the NY Times, LA Times, and a bunch of other places and a NINETY ONE on rottentomatoes.com!
I just can't get over it, the whole thing is surreal, unreal, fantastic.
It's been a while, I've kept busy and life has been quite complicated. Why is it that life stuff has to happen when all your energies are best devoted to your big project? Ah well, that's life.
Anyways, just about the only thing left to do on the patterns is the COOL COOL cooling fins.
Aren't cooling fins such an integral aesthetic component of vintage engine design? Too many and they look crowded. Too few and they don't help. Not too close, not too far, not too deep, not to shallow. Blend in well with the other design elements. Yes, I'm fussing with them. And then, the patterns are DONE! Hang with in there guys, good things can't be hurried!