Since “The Cowboy” has been in the care of my friend Tiny, He has gone through quite a few changes and traveled quite a few miles down the dusty trail. Some of you may remember the backwards front fender in the rear version, or the tall sissy over the ribbed and don’t forget the desert scramble racer. Through and through The Cowboy has lived up to his name. Gritty and tough, wild and free…an American Classic. Jennifer Farris was kind enough to shoot a few pics of the bike a couple of months ago, and agreed to let us put them up for the October feature which we are very grateful for. If you haven’t checked her photos out, do yourself a favor and look her up on Instagram @jenniferfarrisphotography.
Owner-Matthew “Tiny”Romero/Home Town-Sierra Vista, AZ/Bike Name-The Cowboy/Year-Titled 1949/Make-HD/Model-Swap Meet Special/Engine-Delcron cases, STDheads(not your gandpas Pan)/Carb-Suber B/Ignition-Auto advance points/Primary-Aftermarket/Trans-Shifts Good/Shifting-Tank with Modified Rocker/Exhaust-Shotgun with muffler fishtails/Frame-1956 HD(not hacked up)/Forks-2″over WideGlide/Wheels & Tires-16,21,(the only way to roll)/Fender-Cut Down ’58BSA/Tanks-’49 Pan/Headlight-Small/Tail light-Broken/Seat-Borrowed
//JOHNY CHINGA’S OTHER SHOVEL//
For the September bike feature, we bring you “Johnny Chinga’s other Shovel”. What started out as a 1975 FL basket case, Johnny slowly and economically built this nice chopper. He sent the swing arm frame to a local buddy for the tail section while Johnny and his partner in crime rebuilt the motor to .20 over with the STD dual plug heads. The rest he patiently scrounged up parts from swap meets, internet scores and a few trades. With no real direction for the build John claims the bike just started talking to him, and it evolved to what you see here. We’re glad you listened bud, cause its nice lil’ chopper and its always great to see another old bike out there getting miles put on her.
Owner-Johnny Chinga/Year-1975/Make-HD/Model-FL/Frame-Hardtailed Stock/Motor-HD, 80″, STD Dual Plug Heads/Carb-SuperE/Trans-STD 4speed/Primary-Tin/Pipes-Paughco/Oilbag-Horseshoe/Tins-Sporty Peanut, Triumph Fender/Forks-Wide Glide/Wheels-16,21 Stock/Brakes-Stock Dual Disk front, PM rear/Seat-Bates Style/Sissy Bar-Kicker Parts/Lights-4″bates style head lamp, Cats eye and Bullet Tail/Paint-Brandy Wine/Bars-12″Apes
///John Dolan’s Knuckle///
This month, the “Talentless” Cleetus Brown was kind enough to let me take a few pictures of John Dolan’s Knuckle, and tell me a little about it. John rode the bike from about 1971 until about 1980 with a Wide Glide and split tank set up. Some where around ’79 or ’80 is when the bike transformed into the chopper you see here. Tucson’s “Mushroom” Joe rebuilt the motor with 80″ SnS flywheels. It was stock bore, had an auto advance distributor and an SnS carb. John molded the frame, added the appropriate tins, seat, bars, and sissy bar, then finished it off with a 12″over Jammer springer. For it’s maiden voyage, John took a quick little jaunt with his Bride on back from Tucson to Chicago, Chicago to El Paso, and then back to Tucson again. John continued to ride this bike until his passing in 2005, when it ended up with Cleetus. Such a cool bike and a great piece of Southern Arizona history.
For this month, we here at OSR are proud to bring you our buddy Bugsy’s rad flatty he calls, “Lil’ G”. Bugsy and I go way back, and he’s been a big supporter of OSR. He has done the majority of the art work on flyers and t-shirts, he’s always been there to bounce ideas off of for what we’re doing, and spent countless hours helping out at our swapmeet booths.
He picked up a running flatty off of Craigslist in Tucson, by way of Washington. It was a raked out fat bob chopper, but the motor had low miles on a fresh rebuild and served as a great starting point for what he wanted…A fun little bike to fart around the Ol’Pueblo, jump back and forth to his shop(Machine Age Tattoo), that was loosely based on a race style. Over about nine months tinkering with it in his garage, he got the frame back to somewhat stock, made the tanks, bars, risers, fender strut/tail light(which I think turned out super cool), shifter and countless other “brackets, mounts and a bunch o’ bull shit that isn’t cool”, according to Bugsy. Oh yeah, he painted it too! Bugsy claims his favorite thing about the bike is how its “so scary fast and might be the fastest thing on the street”, but I think he might be messin’ with me. Ya never Know. Next time you’re in town, stop by Machine Age and check it out in person. It’s a neat little scoot thats worth a look! Nice Job Bugsy!!
Owner:Bugsy Pageau/Hometown:Tucson, AZ/Bike Name:Lil’G/Year:1957/Make:HD/Model:G/Engine: 45″/Trans:3speed/Frame:45 solo/Forks:RL springer/Wheels:18-21 aluminum high shoulder/Tires:Firestone-Speedmaster/Tins:Narrowed Fatbobs-Triumph fender/Oil bag:Modified HD Horseshoe/Seat:LeBeef pan/Paint:Self/Homemade Stuff:Bars, Risers, Fender Strut Tail Light, Shifter, Misc. Tabs n BS
//The Loose Screw//
The Loose Screw, started with a swing arm shovel that was sort of an FL style. Kevin got right to work hard tailing the frame and tearing into the motor and trans. Although the bike was running and riding, he just wanted to go through it, and the more he did, the more “loose screws” he found. About a year later and a few aesthetic changes to the build he claims it’s finished for now. He had a lot of help from friends(you know who you are), and a special shout out to Ed Pearson for all the help with the machining. Kevins goal was to build a simple, fairly reliable and cool chopper. Check, done. Nothing over the top, but plenty of cool with some nifty fab and style. Good to see this bike out and about. Nice job Kev!!
Owner-Kevin Olmstead/Hometown-Sierra Vista, AZ/Occupation-Uhhhhh thats a good one/Bike Name-The Loose Screw/Engine-S&S 93″/Tranny-’82, cowpie/Frame-’79 Shovel/Ignition-Joe Hunt Mag/Air Cleaner-Mooneyes/Primary-1.5″ open:Barnett scorpion clutch/Sprockets-24;47/Forks-35mm NG, 6over/Wheels-16;21 spool/Tires-Avon;Shinko/Brakes-not sure of make, 10″ rotor/Tins-Frisco Wassell, small fender/Paint-Mike Fox(SV) and Freedom Fab N Powder(powder coat)/Oil Bag-Hex Horseshoe/Bars and Grips-Throttle Addiction/Risers-Throwback Cycle parts/Push Rod Covers-Old Stuff/Seat-Old Gold/Home Made Stuff-Sissybar, Shifter Nob, Controls, Kicker Pedal, Tail Light and Misc. Tabs N Such
Well, I’m not gonna lie. This month we’ve been getting ready for “Howl N Prowl 2017”, and I just didn’t get my shit together to have a bike feature. Good news is I have a few pics that I have been wanting to share. They are either ones that didn’t fit for a feature, some black and white versions, a few random and a couple we’ve already shared. Looking back through all the pics I’ve taken over the last year was a humbling reminder of all the great people, great bikes, and the great times I was lucky enough to have. We’re looking forward to seeing you all in Bisbee on the 20th for HNP.
This is a BnW version from our first ever bike feature. One of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken. Dennis was one of the first people I met that was into old bikes in our area, and has been a true and loyal friend.
This is a BnW version of our buddy Brent’s knuckle(last years best chopper at Howl N Prowl)from the feature we did on it earlier this year. The opening pic is of Brent also, taken at the same shoot. I really like the way the chrome fish tails and heads stand out in this shot. Brent has been a die hard supporter of the events we put together and has a pretty darn neat scooter as well. Not to mention a beautiful family(Jennifer and Bodie)who tolerate the weekends filled with break downs, chopper parties, and general “old shit shennanigans”
Ha! Here’s a good one. This is what happens to your chopper when you enter the desert scramble in Naco!! Joe’s absolutely amazing Ironhead was looking pretty rough. Makes me chuckle every time I see this one.
Ahhhh. The coolest of the cool. George is the man. Period. One of the nicest humans I have ever met. So talented, so humble, and like I said…coolest of the cool. I was and still am so stoked on this shot. To be able to hang and take some pics of one of my idols was amazing, and then to capture this moment in this way, is over the top.
Another BnW version from the feature on Eddy Lewis’s shovel. Ed and Gabe chillin’ in the back ground. Another example of the great people that I’ve been lucky enough to rub elbows with. In Ed’s own words, “Motorcycle people….the best”
A great pic of Joe’s Ironhead, before the race! I love the post monsoon glow in this shot and how Joe n Tiny are bull shitting in the back ground. Fond memories of a great moment in time.
Here’s one that didn’t make the feature on Scott’s Pan. That grin is his “riding my Panhead” grin. Scott has been a big big part of Old Shit Rules behind the scenes. Humble and Quiet, no one would ever know how much he does not only for us, but the community in general. A man of his word. A man who loves to ride. It’s been a real blessing to hook up with him. Love this guy and love that Pan!
Handle Bars! I didn’t realize till I put all these photos together that three of my favorite shots over the last year were of handle bars. The top is Ian’s XS, middle is Tiny’s Shovel, and third is of “Conrad’s Knuckle” that George rebuilt.
This is a great shot of the Super B on my great friend Hank’s Ironhead. Something about this photo really grabbed me. Its one of my all time favorites.
These are some random pictures I took at Tiny and Hanks garage trying to learn camera shit. Didn’t realize at the time I would get some cool shots too! I especially love the one with the motor out of the frame. The Panhead looks so stoic…as indeed it should.
This BnW version of Bruces UL I really like. The location was so cool and the clouds amazing. I also love how the I-Beam and primary shine like a diamond in a goats ass! Harley Fuckin’ Davidson.
WE ARE PRETTY STOKED TO BRING YOU THIS “STRAIT OUTTA THE LATE 70’S” CHOPPER. I GOT A CHANCE TO HANG OUT WITH THE BIKES CURRENT OWNER/RIDER, SONNY, AND SHOOT THIS GEM. THERE IS A LOT OF HISTORY TO THIS BIKE AND SONNY THINKS OF HIMSELF MORE OF A CURATOR THAN AN OWNER. WE WONT GO INTO THE SPECIFICS BECAUSE THIS SCOOT SPEAKS ENOUGH FOR ITSELF. ITS A RAD BIKE THAT OTHER THAN AN ENGINE OVER HAUL, AND A COUPLE OF TRINKETS ADDED, SONNY LEFT IT ALONE AND WE ARE GLAD HE DID. IF YOU GET IT…THAN YOU GET IT. IF YOU DON’T…WELL, PISS OFF! ENJOY
FRAME-RIGID WITH SOME RAKE, UNKOWN MAKE
DADS DOG TAGS
ALLEGIANT BRAND BAG
“The Receiver Shovel”
The passing down of knowledge seems to be a lost gift these days for the most part.
For me being a “Grey Beard” and have had the gift of being the ‘’Receiver” of Knowledge has set me
up in the Toolmaker / Machinist trade. For Arron Wende, being the “Receiver” has resulted in the sweet Shovel Chop you see here. Arron has been working with Flat Black of Black Star Engineering. Flat is one of the best old school motor builders around. He has taken Arron under his wings to teach him all the skills needed to pass on the knowledge, a gift that is priceless. Arron’s chop started out as a pretty stock wide glide swing arm FXWG, well that didn’t last long and Arron was off to build what he considers a proper chopper, one that performs as well as it looks. He kept the swing arm front section and added a Fab Kevin hard tail. The front end is a Fury girder that he rebuilt himself. The headlights are two original VW Hella back up lights. The tail light is a 68 sporty unit brazed onto the flat fender. The oil bag is hand bent aluminum, welded up by Flat Black. Arron is a mini drum wheel hoarder, so he had the pieces to make up the 21inch front wheel, the rear is an 18inch alum rim set up. The king Queen seat is a one off KarAsh seat built by Skylar Pope. Arron bent up the tall bitch bar from 9/16 round stock, he also made the foot clutch set up from alum. The brake side is in his own words “junk billet” that works for now, but he has plans on making a custom one in the future. The rabbit bars were made up by Cobra Fabrication out of Ca. to Arron’s specs. Gas tank is a sporty unit lifted in front. Rattle can black for the paint.
The motor is where Flat’s expertise came in. This thing rocks. 88ci duel plugged Shovelhead, Andrews B2 cam, SU carb. Evo rods. Hooked up to a custom sealed rotary top 4 speed trans. With Andrews gears and Fab Kevin shifter.
Most young builders have to learn from trial and error. Arron has done that, along with the great gift of being a “Receiver”.
Special thanks to Flat Black of Black Star Engineering, Mesa, Az.
HOMETOWN-APACHE JCT., AZ
MODEL-USED TO BE AN FXWG
TRANS-4SPEED, ANDREWS CLOSE RATIO
FRAME-STOCK WITH FAB KEVIN HARD TAIL
BARS-STAINLESS PULL BACKS, IRON COBRA FAB
TINS-SPORTSTER TANK, FLAT FENDER W/ ’68 SPORTY TAIL LAMP MOLDED
OIL TANK-HAND MADE ALUMINUM (SELF & BSE)
PAINT-RATTLE CAN BLACK
CONTROLS-1/2 BILLET 1/2 HAND MADE
HEAD LAMP-TWIN 60’S VW BACKUP’S
SEAT-SKYLER POPE KING & QUEEN
PIPES-$10 SWAP MEET SPECIALS
SISSY BAR-5/8 HAND MADE
POINTS COVER-ESTER PRECISION
I’m very excited to get to bring my main man Tiny’s proper chopper as the February bike feature. “Monroe”is no doubt proper, and an expression of the man. No frills. No bullshit. A working class masterpiece. A solid shovel power plant, geared for the highway, with no extra doo-dads and just the right amount of “fuck you” attitude. The 1973 shovel in a Denvers frame first graced Southern, Arizona in the late 70’s piloted by “Navy” Dave. It was set up pretty similar to how it is now aside from a red paint job, 10-over narrow glide, things typical of the era, etc. After Dave’s passing in the late 80’s, Jack Black acquired the bike. He tore it down, laid the black lacquer and had Jeff Lang rebuild the motor. For one reason or another, the bike was never reassembled until about 2010. That’s when a trade was made and the motor, trans, frame and tins migrated to Tiny’s living room. In no time, with shit off the shelves, swapmeet parts, a pieced together narrow glide, and a “Naco”Chris sissy bar…it was back on the road. Over the next several years Tiny rode, tweaked, broke and fixed the machine to what it is now. Throughout the evolution of the bike, reliability and an”anti-foo foo” attitude remained the main focus. Tiny humbly proclaims,”It’s mostly bolt on parts, nothing special”. Although I understand what he means, I have to strongly disagree. This bike isn’t “nothing special”! Speaking for myself, and more than likely most of the other chopper lovers out there, from every nut and bolt, piece of paint and chrome, the lay of the bars to the exact degree we leave the forks when parked…they’re an expression of ourselves. And that is pretty fucking special. “Monroe” is no exception. -SS
OWNER-MATTHEW “TINY” ROMERO
HOME TOWN-SIERRA VISTA, AZ
ENGINE-93″ REBUILT BY JEFF LANG
TRANS-’73 FOURSPEED, HAND SHIFT
PRIMARY-OPEN 1 1/2 BELT
FRAME-DENVERS, 4UP,4OUT,45 RAKE
FORKS-NARROW JAMMER SPRINGER
BRAKES-REAR BANANA, WAGNER MASTER(BOTH REBUILT 100 TIMES)
TINS-MUSTANG/FLAT FENDER/PAUGHCO OIL BAG
PIPES-CUT DOWN DRAGS
BARS- THROW AWAY DRAGS
CONTROLLS-REPOP HARLEY FWD’S
HEADLIGHT-4 1/2 CYCLE STANDARD
TAIL LIGHT-STOCK SHOVEL