I just finished watching Sons of Anarchy (on sidereel here). Watch it. Its great. We've been watching an episode a day over xmas and have been gripped to the end. The season 3 finale is just spectacular. The plot twists and turns all over the place. I am not going to spoil any of it for you except to say there is a perverse and kinky evil Policewoman throughout the series who I will miss. She is quite horny in a snake-like bite your dick off sort of way.
Some of the acting isn't really as good as the script. It could have done with actors with less experience of acting and more experience of the stuff they are trying to portray but the script is really shit hot. Though most business is concluded at the close of play they have left it so that there can be a a season 4. I hope there is.
I haven't noticed any biker gangs in London so I was pleased to meet a coupla guys from The Hackney Hyenas on Broadway Market the other day. They came past and I thought "Oh.. Harleys." but taking a closer look the bikes looked real nice and subtle. I spoke to the owners and found out that they weren't actually Harleys at all and both bikes had rear suspension, two facts which surprised me. Hackney Hyena's website is here.
If I was a biker I'd say something like "Here is some wild Iron" but that would be silly. I thought this was pretty radical. Couldn't ride it myself but the owner says it is fun. A really low GSX750 sold for £2050. This bike looks even lower than mine.
Also an old Triumph 500 which someone is going to put back on the road was a steal at £1177 .
It must be pretty obvious by now that I am not a big fan of Harleys, and the more glitzy and expensive they are the less I like them. So to buck the trend here is a Harley which has caught my attention on ebay. Needs a bit of electrics, but is a nice straightforward chop. I particularly like the back light.
I have seen this ratted CBR600 before on a couple of sites. Its made out of box section steel, with box section exhausts as well. Would probably survive Armageddon and anything the four horsemen could throw at it. Not sure I could say the same for the rider but that's motorbiking eh. If I bought this I would hire it out to TV and movies.
Ishmahil asked me to do the Q and A with Mousah Brown and himself at Riverside Studios so I thought I'd try my newly fixed bike for a night ride. Right. Crawling down the Kings Rd it completely cut out in the middle of the road. The traffic was moving so slowly I didn't bother anyone so once I got it started again I left it running for a bit with the lights off to charge the battery. This bike hates rush hour in a really amusing way if you are not late, which I was. I tried a few roads to find The Riverside and ended up having to wheel the bike down a cycle lane. I watched the film with a mixture of nerves about answering questions afterwards and nerves about trying to get my bike home.
When it was all over my motorised pessimism was extinguished as my bike came to life with a roar, but it soon turned into a splutter as I headed down through Putney and got totally lost. I was alone in the dark with what sounded like a loudly popping moped. It seemed to sort itself when I realised where I was again around Brixton. I thought it was quite a successful night and I got home without having to ring the breakdown service.
My first guess is one of the fucked up screws has made the points come loose. Its been too wet to find out though. Chatting with a mechanic in the States on the Z650 forum he came up with a neat looking piece of kit which does away with the points system altogether and doesn't look that hard to fit. There seems to be a whole load of aftermarket bits to make old Jap fours a bit more up to date. I know I just replaced the points and condesors but this is only a hundred quid and I reckon its worth a go for a reliable bike.
I have totally resisted temptation to post bikes I consider to be ugly here, mainly because a lot of bikers are a lot bigger and hairier than I am. Then along comes a bike I am genuinely undecided about, but which just has to be included in a blog called "japchop". I bet it goes like shit off a shovel too and the handling cant be much compromised from the machine it was based on either- a funky GSXR1100 err.. thing with upside down forks on ebay here.
I know this blog is called "japchop" but the Brits are doing it big styley on ebay at the moment. This is not something I'd be inclined to ride, I'd like to hear it tickover though. Is that perverse? This has got a hell of a lot of character hasn't it. A 1958 AJS from the seventies on ebay here. Raked out to fuck but its actually still got some back suspension. I hope someone wants to keep it on the road. No V5, no reg, no frame number.. Now Dave... step away from the bid button..
Again, most of what I can see on ebay at the moment is making me bring up my breakfast, but whilst not being Japanese, this is something special worth posting. Exhausts are a bit long and I'd have to take off the forward foot controls otherwise this is pretty close to it eh? The original triumph tank just sets it off. I'd love to have a bike with a "C" reg plate. On Ebay here sold for £2,767.
If I think a lot of chops on ebay are ugly, that is absolutely nothing when compared to a glance at what people call trikes. I thought I'd post this one cos it made me laugh- for the right reasons. On ebay here a cool VW engined trike with half of a VW still attached!