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  • Featured Image Greasy Dozen Run!

    So, the update is a bit delayed but, here we go! I took the now finished bike to the Greasy Dozen Run at the end of October. The first night was killer and all the guests and builders were treated to free food, free beer and a killer band called Ride to Ruin. The event was held in Columbus, Ohio in this crazy chopper compound owned by several different companies and sponsors of the Greasy Dozen Run. No one was a dick and I made a new friend in Chad, another builder from Idaho. He brought a killer and trippy XS 650 chop that looked like a 70’s dream. Chad is a killer dude and if you ever need an XS 650 built, he’s the man to know.

    The second day began with a run. There were tons of old school and rat rod style bikes. We ended in Peebles, Ohio at this huge farm in the middle of nowhere. This is the best spot to have a private chopper event! We were treated to great food, a huge bonfire and more free beer. Lots of felled trees and hay bails for seats and tons of new brothers. There was chopper burn outs in the field and rain and a few bent handlebars. Awards were given in multiple categories. I took home the “Best Chopper” and Mr. IdahoChad took best Japanese chop. Fun was had by all and I really appreciate all the sponsors, ChopCult and especially Bear with Old Bike Barn.

     



  • Featured Image The Greasy Dozen Results Are IN!!

    Well I’ll be damned, I was chosen to be in on the Greasy Dozen action!! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it. But there it was, I had to check it out and see it on Instagram and in the forum before I thought it might be real. I told my wife who also had to see if for herself. Oldest daughter, same thing! HAHA!

    Greasy Dozen Winners
    Screenshot of all the winners

     

    This is one of the coolest builder concepts I could have asked to be a part of. It gives each of the twelve builders a platform to show their work. It exudes the “Built Not Bought” culture and gives just about anyone who wants to be a part of it, some way to do so. I’ll be posting regular pictures on the Chop Cult forum and here on the ol’ blogger. Thanks for everyone’s support and Thanks to Old Bike Barn and Chop Cult for selecting me to be one of the Dozen. Thanks to all the killer sponsors who support the “Built Not Bought” culture and support those who purchase their products.

    I would like to also thank my family as well, my wife especially, who puts up with all my shit, puts up with me constantly working and obsessing with motorcycles. Stop by and see all the amazing work she has done around the new shop. Now, I’m excited to get started!

    Check out the sponsors of the 2015 Greasy Dozen!

    www.Biltwell.com @biltwell
    www.Burlybrand.com burlybrand
    www.chopcult.com @chopcult
    www.Feltraiger.com @feltraigr
    www.indianlarrymotorcycles.com @indianlarrymotorcycles
    www.KickstartCycle.com @kickstartcycle
    www.kundratickustoms.com/ @kundratickutoms
    www.ledsledscustoms.com @ledsledcustoms
    www.LowbrowCustoms.com @lowbrowcustoms
    www.lowsidesyn.com/ @lowside_magazine
    www.mooresensible.com/
    www.digthelid.com/ @oldschoolhelmets
    www.oldbikbarn.com @oldbikebarn
    www.Rockandride.com @rockanride
    www.showclassmag.com/ @show_class_mag
    http://www.speeddealercustoms.com/ @speeddealer
    www.Spitfiremotorcycles.com/ @spitfiremotorcycles
    www.sscycle.com/ @sscycle
    www.tcbros.com @tcbroschoppers
    www.triplesixcrewdeathco.com @triplesixcrewdeathcompany
    www.paisanopub.com/wrench/ @wrenchmagazine

    Peace, Grease and a life of Ease,

    ~Juggernaut



  • Featured Image How To Admit A Momentary Defeat

    I have to admit, this damn bike has got me angry today!! I am at the point that I need to remove the heads and rocker boxes. I am going to polish the rocker boxes by hand then take the heads to my buddies shop and walnut blast them. There is one hell of a problem though…. I cant get the friggin’ heads off!!! Those suckers are on there and won’t budge and inch! Never had this problem before. I quadruple checked the all the bolts to ensure I removed them. I took a razor along the edge to remove any gunk or build up. I made sure the piston was in the lowest position and even tried it in multiple positions. I applied heat and lots of it! The front head didn’t budge!  In the mean time, I did a few other small details but, this is the last major thing I need to do before I start the rebuild. Damn I want this done! Hopefully, I will get to be a Greasy Dozen Builder and make this bike a beautiful addition to the vast array of awesome builds already done. Even if I don’t make it in the Greasy Dozen, I will still chronicle the build here on the blog. I’ll be doing a top end rebuild once the damn heads come off. I’m making some fender struts, chopping a rear fender, removing the front fender, new gas tank, 12 inch “Z” bars with the switches integrated right into the bars. The engine is beefed up with an S&S 93inch kit and it has a clutch basket to handle the torque. I’ll stick some old school style Firestone or Avon tires on it and polish every damn spoke on the rims. Of course there is plenty more but, I’m done with it today. Check back to see progress or, stop by the new shop and see it yourself!

    Shovel-it
    Somethings gotta give!

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  • Featured Image Greasy New Shop

    Well, I’ve updated everything else so I may as well update my own webpage. Along with the fact that I will be moving into an actual shop next week, the possibility of being a Greasy Dozen builder has got me motivated! I’m going to have to stall on the build for a week or two because I’ll be in the process of moving but I’ve got a couple of cool shots of the chop to share! Keep your fingers crossed for my on the Greasy Dozen and make sure you stop by the shop after next weekend to say hello and look around!

    The shop will be located at 120 Auburn Park Drive, Suite G, Auburn GA 30011. It will still be a bit part time so the hours will have to contend with my other full time job. As of right now I will be open Tues. and Wed. from 9am-noon and Thurs., Fri., and Sat. from 10am-7pm!

    See you in the new shop!

    Peace, Grease and a life of Ease,

    ~Juggernaut



  • Featured Image Greasy Dozen Builder Entry

    In the process of getting this burden entered into the Greasy Dozen Builder Initiative! Found out about this last year when I was just a bit too late to enter. Been waiting and excited to enter a build ever since. The Greasy Dozen is 12 bikes in three categories chosen among home builders or shops consisting of no more than two employees. You post updates and showcase your build on instagram and www.chopcult.com. It is run by chopcult and www.oldbikebarn.com and has a ton of awesome sponsors;

    www.Biltwell.com @biltwell
    www.Burlybrand.com burlybrand
    www.chopcult.com @chopcult
    www.Feltraiger.com @feltraigr
    www.indianlarrymotorcycles.com @indianlarrymotorcycles
    www.KickstartCycle.com @kickstartcycle
    www.kundratickustoms.com/ @kundratickutoms
    www.ledsledscustoms.com @ledsledcustoms
    www.LowbrowCustoms.com @lowbrowcustoms
    www.lowsidesyn.com/ @lowside_magazine
    www.mooresensible.com/
    www.digthelid.com/ @oldschoolhelmets
    www.oldbikbarn.com @oldbikebarn
    www.Rockandride.com @rockanride
    www.showclassmag.com/ @show_class_mag
    http://www.speeddealercustoms.com/ @speeddealer
    www.Spitfiremotorcycles.com: @spitfiremotorcycles
    www.tcbros.com @tcbroschoppers
    www.triplesixcrewdeathco.com @triplesixcrewdeathcompany
    www.paisanopub.com/wrench/ @wrenchmagazine

    I’m throwing one of my shovel builds out there for this. I’ll be entering my 1980 Shovelhead FXE. It is currently a bit of a mess since I am removing and draining all oil lines and in the process of removing the rocker boxes for hand polish. It has S&S 93″ cylinders and will be kick start only. It has matching numbers on the frame and engine so I’m keeping the frame and motor together although I’ll have to chop some stuff off the frame. I’ll also be keeping the front forks and sticking with the swingarm. Everything else will go. I’ll be doing the custom leather seat and hand engraved parts myself. I’m rebuilding the engine and doing a complete rewire because I’m getting rid of every other part and adding my own.

     



  • Featured Image To the Grave

    There are aspects of custom motorcycles that not every builder can do themselves. I’m trying to eliminate that actuality with Juggernaut Cycles.  I hope these pieces add some hand-made cool to my bikes and continues my effort to keep every aspect of a build completed by me.  From the design, build, the engine work, the restoration, custom leather and now custom hand engraved parts. If I can’t build it, I will still customize it, do it by hand and keep it in house.

    I have ceased the small leather items like wallets and don’t know if I will offer any etched products for individual sale at this time. I am wanting to move on to motorcycle seats and parts for the shop’s full motorcycle builds. I have two bike builds that need my attention that I hope will drive my shop forward more than these small, one off parts. I may, however, take a few orders of custom parts for further practice and experience. If you want something done, hit me up at juggernautsgarage@gmail.com and I will see if I can make your item happen. Here are the latest just to show off some of the parts I’ve done for the Griffin shovelhead build.

    Live Free 1
    Timing cover for shovel
    Griffin clamp
    Griffin Handlebar clamp
    Live Free 2
    Another angle of the timing cover. Damn, this thing was hard to photograph and get all the details…
    Horizon
    Handlebar clamp for my dyna. This piece is a little rough in the photo. I have since cleaned it up and sealed it with clear.


  • Featured Image SHINY SHOVEL

    Going to throw out some info real quick to give a quick update on my shovel project and show you how you can really bring some old aluminum back to life.

    Im polishing up the rocker boxes by hand. It takes time and elbow grease but its damn worth it and saves the roughly $200 to get them professionally polished.

    Go to your local auto parts store and get some wet to dry sandpaper. The grades I used were 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500 and 5000. Next, get some real good aluminum billet polish such as Mothers brand.

    rocker start

     

    as you can see, the rocker boxes are 34 years old. This crap wont come off with just a simple polish wheel, its in the metal.

    Start with the 600 grit, get it wet and start sanding.

    rocker first step

     

    This first sanding might get you scared a bit. Dont worry, just make sure you get a good even sanding. Keep going, stepping up the grades as you go.

    rocker box mid way

    The pic above is at roughly 2000 grit stage. As you can see, its getting better. Keep stepping up the grit until you get to at least 2500. Then I finish it off with 5000 for the real fine finish.

    rocker box finish

     

    Finally finish with the Mothers polish to bring out the shine. I was loosing light by the time I took this pic but as you can still see, its a whole lot better than the original.

    I only did the front part of this one rocker box. To really get the job done best, you should probably take the rocker box off the bike and get every nook. That will come next for me.

    What methods have you used to get a showcase shine on your old parts?

    ~Juggernaut