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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Longbow Custom Springer Steering Stops

So after discovering that I needed custom steering stops to make the Crossbones frontend work, I asked Daniel if he could fix that while he was working on my engine. He said it wouldn't be a problem. Welding is just part of being a true full service motorcycle shop.

First he cleaned off the paint in the general area for the stop.

He played with a few ideas until he found something that was doable for the time we had left. (I left my house at 4AM to get to his shop by 7AM. I had wanted to leave by noon to beat a winter storm that was supposed to be coming. Finishing the engine part 2, part 3, and part 4, and we were behind time.)

Still planning.

Coping the mating part.

Tacked into place.

Doing the full weld.

About what we need.

The interesting thing was the stops on the springer are a bit different on each side. So the custom frame stops are different to match the springer stops. Here, the right side is tacked in place.

Full welding.

Jeff had to help a lot to get the right side all the way welded.

Pretty much done and functional. Daniel wasn't super proud of the aesthetics of these stops, but they are functional. Given the limited time that he was given and how ugly the rest of my frame is, these stop are good to go.

Daniel did smooth out the weld to make it a bit prettier.

Then he slapped the tanks on to double check the clearance. I discovered that I was kind of mounting my tanks wrong and the back tank mount wasn't exactly on the frame correctly either.

My bike is finally looking like a bike again.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Boland & Haggard at John T. Floore's Country Store

Well I really meant to blog this a couple of weeks ago, but no matter.

We heard Jason Boland and the Stranglers and Merle Haggard and the Strangers were playing at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes, TX. It's only 500 miles away, so we could do that no problem, right?

If you're in South Texas stop at Taqueria Mi Jalisco Grill 1000 S. New Road, Waco, TX. Get the carne asada.

If Cain's is the house that Bob Wills built, then Floore's is the house that Willie Nelson built.

Check out this concert poster.

Man, what a venue. Perfect night in South Texas, June 29th and we weren't ever sweating like crazy.

Boland and the boys played a great set.

Merle Haggard and the Strangers were great, too. (I couldn't figure out how to do a decent night shot with my camera all.)

Great road trip, great show.

Hard 8 BBQ in Stephenville, TX is a pretty cool place, too.