Sunday, December 18, 2011

The El Diablo Run: A Mexican Motorcycle Adventure, the FILM!

It is here folks, get one soon!! Get our latest and greatest film effort. Tyler and I along with the Biltwell Guys made this cool hour long DVD chronicling the EDR. It also includes the soundtrack and a bonus 24 page booklet. You should buy one for your favorite chopper freak. go here!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"I sit and I wonder sometimes...

where they've gone...

It was a bad year for Space Shuttles
It was a bad year for Ferdinand Marcos
It was a bad year for the Soviet Nuclear Program
But it was a good year for me and Greg LeMond. Greg won the Tour de France (I met him in Lisieux, France 3 years later)and I graduated from High School. My parents were pleasantly surprised that I made it with fairly flying colors. 25 years is a long time. Here we are in 2011...What is next?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

McGoo is a nut

Got together with the guys last nite at the Long Beach Convention Center for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. It is always cool to hang out with Bill and McGoo for motorcycle porn, food and good times. McGoo had to pose on a lot of bikes and pick his nose behind the Harley Davidson interview cameras. Hopefully his nose picking shows up on youtube or something. The Forty Eight is Kristine's (my Bonneville Crew Chief)favorite bike these days.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lowbrow is almost like coffee to me...

How cool is this? Nothing like a coffee cup for coffee and well...pens and pencils. Its my Lowbrow Christmas gift.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Kaz is doing it right in Japan

Kaz of Triumpher blog (see link to the right) has just finished up this extremely clean Triumph. Looks like it jumped right out of Danny Lyon's book The Bikeriders. Tastefully customized and ridden hard. Just what we like to see.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ahhh....Paris in the Springtime..

It is no secret to my friends that I like the French. Think what you want, but I am a francophile. Here is my buddy Frank ( with his pre-unit Triumph 500cc. He wrenched for the French at Bonneville in 2010. Thanks for flying the Four Aces Flag Frank. If you are in France, you can also buy a copy of the Salt Ghost from Frank. Photo by another flying Frenchman, Dimitri Coste

Thursday, October 6, 2011

You should go to this. It will have Racing stuff!!

And oh yea the Salt Ghost will be there on display.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Oh how I love thee Tom Fugle Belt...


1) Its freaking cool, not because the johnney come lately jackasses who did not know what a Cone Shovel was LAST week THINK that I should think that Tom Fugle belts are cool, but because it is a piece of MADE IN AMERICA biker history.

2) It was designed by DAVE FREAKIN MANN. This guy is not just a bonified legend, but because he DEFINED, ILLUSTRATED and LIVED the motorcycle lifestyle till the day he died and influenced each and every one of us wet behind the ears nerds who sneaked a peek at their neighbor's Easy Rider magazines when they were 8 years old.

3) It just feels great when you touch it, you feel like a part of something besides your own snively little world where you change a few handlebars and call youself a bike builder while working your day job and spreading your own brand of look at me internet commando horseshit. Hopefully it makes you realize you are a no talent absolute beginner who never has really done anything.

4) It humbles me and makes me feel like a wet behind the ears nerd, handlebar changer dipshit with no talent, because it makes me realize that we are not even standing on the shoulders of giants, we are groveling at the feet of these giants (Mann, Parti, Kaisler, Fugle, Ness) and always will be.

5) It has choppers on it.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hey Bill, what cha doing there?

Photo by Michael Schmidt on the Gypsy Run

Monday, September 19, 2011

I don't wanna be a dick BUUUUT...

When your mechanic says "we can help you out with that..." what he really means is "We can fix that for you IF YOU PAY US MONEY."!! I don't wanna go off on a rant here, but come on people. I don't do this for a hobby, I am not the guy who does this on the side for fun cause I have a day job. This JOB pays for me to live. Show some respect and quit trying to get it all for free.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Back From the Great White Dyno

Ah yes, another August trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats has come and gone. We fought the good fight again but were plagued by Magneto issues and managed to get only 100MPH out of the old 500cc pre-unit this time. BUT!!! Exciting news we learned a lot about burning Nitro-Methane. We ran 10% all week and got pretty good at knowing what we needed in the way of timing and jets to run that evil substance that goes BOOM at much higher velocity than gas.

Big thanks to my Crew, I could not have done it without you guys. Dave too!! He is just not pictured here because he had to go home early. Cheers guys, you rule. Thanks to John Glover for the awesome pics too.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Limited Edition Prints

We have for sale this Limited edition print from the Salt Ghost West Coast Premier. Get one now for $32 including shipping, $38 for out of US Sales. PAYPAL to

Friday, July 29, 2011

It is important to start them early...

Alan in Canada had me build him a full on show and go motor recently and his youngster has given it the thumbs up.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Salt Ghost is here...BUY IT NOW!!

That's right folks, buy the DVD today. This collaboation between me and Tyler of Lowbrow Customs is finally available. Watch as we revive this old Lakes Racer and go for broke on the Bonneville Salt Flats. With JAPANESE and FRENCH Subtitles.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Don't forget Slab City.

It is coming up faster than you think. Go on the WussRide!! This is for the people who don't want to run their bikes at 90MPH all the way. Fun ride, cool people and good swag!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Lakes Racing madness

Here is a cool Velocette Lakes Racer.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tony is at it again.

Tony Carabine is an English customer of mine. He is mad, mad mad for Indians, so when this little gem hit the market, he fell in love...AGAIN! So we are gonna pack it up and ship it to England. What Tony does with it is his business, but I hope he flings it around a dusty track somewhere. Heres to you Tony.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Salt Ghost. Making Movies, you are invited!!

Tyler of Lowbrow Customs and I have been working on a documentary about an old Lakes Racing bike, from discovery and restoration to running it at Bonneville. Our West Coast Premier is Saturday July 31st in Orange, CA. Mark your calendars, you are all invited.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Thats right, I am headed for Mexico on the El Diablo Run. But you can get our NEW DVDs, Ironhead and Shovelhead Tune and Service from my Business partner Tyler at lowbrowcustoms.

Use this link for the Shovelhead DVD:

And this link for the Ironhead DVD:

Friday, April 22, 2011

2011 Bonneville Support Shirts IN STOCK!!!

That right folks, all you guys and gals who have helped out in the past can help out again. And new supporters are always welcome too. For the first time we also have BLACK Tee-Shirts for the guys and gals who wanna get them dirty. White Tees are available too. Tees are $18 plus postage. THEY ARE IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP. So if you want, go ahead and hit me with a PAYPAL payment of $22 to include shipping and handling. PLEASE specify SIZE AND COLOR we will have SMALL through 4X. Or you can visit my Big Cartel Store, to buy them through the store. Please add $1 for 3X and $2 for 4X shirts. All of the proceeds from these shirts go to racing my beloved 500cc Triumph at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Look What We got Coming in a couple WEEKS!!!

That is right HD Bitches. We got Ironhead and Shovelhead Tune and Service DVDs with the legend himself, Frank Kaisler.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Super 1961 panhead for Sale

Email me at for the details.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Super Stockers, Hats off to the Doughboy

Haha. I know Keith hates that but Bryan Burke, tattoo artist extraordinaire knew him when he was...well... Doughboy. Keith is now the Captain of the Ship at Big D Cycles. Bryan worked at Big D in Dallas, TX years ago when Jack Wilson was the boss. Ahhh the stories Bryan and Keith have to tell about Mr Wilson. Anyway, Bryan has his Grandfather's 1970 Bonneville that was lovingly and correctly restored by Big D when Keith was just a whippersnapper, well maybe second in command at Big D. I had a shot at getting it back on the road after a few years of slumber and it was a great pleasure to work on it. The bike was set up just right, I kept saying as I worked on it, "damn, why did they do that?" Then I would say "ahhh because they are freakin good at this stuff THATS WHY!!" So look for Bryan cruising Hollywood soon and visit his new tattoo shop DARKHORSE TATTOO at 4630 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90027 - (323) 665-7345. And hey, if you talk to Keith, tell him Wes said "go to hell."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Genny Shovel for Sale

Know anybody looking for a good Genny Shovel? Here is one all fresh and rebuild with polished stuff and plated hardware. Includes SS E Carb and manifold as well as oil pump. CALIFORNIA TITLE INCLUDED. Mismatched cases but both are 67-69 cases. Email me for the price.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dave Frost and Tyler Malinky...HOT!!

Frosty was our magnanimous at Bonneville this past year. Truckdriver, motorcycle nerd and all around super guy. Frosty has been with us at the Salt for three years now, or just two...I forget.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Four Aces and Punk Rock

OK I never was much of a Punk Rocker, always dug a bunch of random Punk stuff, but was always more of a Merl Haggard, Classic Rock kinda guy. But hey, the stuff ROCKS and Yuppicide is one of your crazier punk bands. Apparently there are a whole giant ton of Punk rockers into vintage bikes, though (imagine that!!) Steve Karp, formerly of Yuppicide now of Speed Twin plays guitar and has a bad-ass Triumph. Note the best in the west sticker on his Guit-Box on Tour in Europe. Get some man!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tony and the Indian Crew in England

Usually when you talk about Indians in England, you gotta talk dots on foreheads, curryed rice and tandoori chikin, none of which I have any problems with at all. But we ain't talking about that sort of Indian. Tony Carabine of the Indian Trading Company in the UK has had me ship I cannot even remember how many old and newer Indians to England. Tony buys a pile of parts here and turns them into really nice machines over there. He has a cool collection of all sorts of neet stuff including a three wheel car powered by a V-Twin JAP motor featured in an earlier blog. Go Tony, check him out here

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cycle Nerd #4 Sign Kit

I first met Kit at the old Long Beach Swap Meet, not sure how long ago. Where deals and friends are made. Kit was putting together a Triumph from a pile of greasy parts. We horse traded, we kicked tires. Kit built the motor BY HIMSELF, yes it can be done. Fast forward a few months and Kit has this far out, super clean, understated Triumph custom. Talk about garage built. He nailed it. And yes, he rides it too. Slab City Riot a couple of times, Beerbooters in San Diego from Redondo Beach. Lots and lots of miles. Now he is building another one. Sign painter by trade, Kit knocked out the badass artwork on my van. Kit showed up at a local watering hole when it ws 30 degrees in a tee shirt too, props! Kit is doing it and he is a super nice guy to boot.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

#5 in the Guys that DO STUFF BLOG

Ok, you have seen press on about this guy recently, but I am not sure enuf can be said about one of the hardest charging, yet humblest dudes I know. Tyler Malinky of Tyler has taken a business as a sign painter and turned it into a world powerhouse of motorcycle parts sales. But that aside, Tyler just has this wierd attitude about him. He works on motorcycles!!! He told me once, well I am gonna sell Harely parts on my site, so I better learn to work on Harleys. So he hauls off and is building a Panhead. Last year he made a freakin Bonneville dream come true by building and racing his own bike at the Salt Flats. You don't know how many times I have heard that guys are gonna do this and just never seem to get around to it. You know why? Beacuse it takes a major, major commitment to build a Bonneville bike. It takes a sack full of 6 pound nuts, damn it!! I built his motor last year, but you know what? He is building a whole nother bike this year and doing his own motor!!! The dude rocks, LowbrowCustoms, truely where the action is.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Blogs: Do-ers and Dreamers

I been trying to update my blog more often. I figured nobody cares about them, but my internet savvy friends say do it more often. So I checked out some other people's blogs to get some ideas and I came up with some depressing news. Most blogs SUCK!! Not because they are not updated, but because they are updated with crap. Seems like for the most part two kinds of bloggers exist. Those that post a bunch of random pics of the past and present but never really do anything except...well, post a bunch of random pics of past and present. The "my favorite lunch spot" legend in your own mind blogger comes to mind. "Ooooo, look at the hamburger I am having, it is the BEST hamburger on the planet and I, I, I am so cool, way cooler than you, for eating it. Don't you wish you could be me and eat this burger?" Then there are those that post a bunch of pics about all the cool shit THEY are doing. Cause they seem to be the only thing going in Po-dunksville, Nowhere where they live. "oh look at the cool bike I am building, look how IMMMMMPORTANT I AM." "I am gonna have ten bikes for sale at the Born Free show so you can buy a bike from me that sucks, but is cool cause I say it is cool. Watch for updates on MYYYYYYY bikes and how cool I am."

So anyway, I decided I might just look like the other dipshits out there if I post too much about what I, I, I, (ME ME ME) am doing. So here goes, the Wes White blog series about guys who are DOING shit, not just posting copius pics of 70s bikers and other dumb crap.

1) David Bird: David has probably been welding since before there were TiG Machines. He makes Hardtails and full frames for Triumphs and Yamahas and sidelines in freakin hotrod chassis (chassi?). He rocks and he has a bunch of jigs for the stuff he does. I been to his place, he is the real deal. He has also NEVER, and I mean NEVER had a complaint about his work or his work ethic. Legions of junior welders have come and gone (anybody remember Casey Tallon?) promising to have the next greatest hardest core hardtails for Triumphs. Well David has them, nobody else. Why send your money to a guy who is not gonna be in business in 6 weeks? Send it to David (through his retailers) and be guaranteed he is not gonna get behind and you are gonna have to ask for your money back or call him out over the internet. Dig it bitches.