Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Made it Home!

Caught the last seat on the last flight outta denver yesterday. My bike is sitting at my buddies place in denver so if anyone knows somebody coming back from Born Free yet with a spot on their trailer please let me know. I havent heard back yet if the guys from HEAVY can get it on their way to Irish Richs. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
call me at the shop 507-288-9050 or my cell 507-251-1327.
thanks, pat

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hangin in Denver

2 cyl studs pulled out. waitin on a flight or ride. had a basegasket leak in grand junction. pulled the rocker box and tqed the headbolts. got to denver and shes pushing cyl pressure past the headgasket. tore it down to find the studs pulling out. i already timeserted them so no quick fix.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Slept at the Beach!

woke up to a park officer bitching at us for sleeping where we did. he was also mad we parked our bikes right next to us and rode on the grass and sidewalks. time to leave the left coast.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Born Free!

show was sweet! sorry didnt take more phone pix at the show. lots of neat bikes.

Victorville, CA

getting close to the show! slept in a drainage ditch in baker,CA. wow what a classy town.

Friday, June 24, 2011


waitin on lil joe. gonna get a steak dinner! joe invited us to his place. we drank beer and enjoyed some of his stories. got to ride across town with him through the tumbleweeds, coat hangers, strippers, drunkards and locals. they were all in the roadway.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

leave your guns at home son

dont take your guns to town. they didnt search us so they never found them. we didnt take them in the jail so no worries.

Kearney NE

Brandon goes to jail. we post bail and boot! suspended drivers license he had no idea about. we rode his bike south of town. when he got out of jail we took dirt roads south into kansas. we figured they would throw him back in jail if they saw us on I80 again.

Columbus NE

Queers and Steers. Sun's shining, life is good!


Got all the shit done at my moms house that I promised I would do. Had my bus ticket to the midwest. Didn't make the bus. Purchased a plane ticket. Now I'm en route. God DAMN I NEED TO FINISH MY HARLEY!!!!!

Ride safe boys. Bring me that knuck!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Vermillion SD.

300 miles down. We'll go triple that tomorrow! wheelied into his place. drank some beer and back on the road in 4 hours

And we're off!

like a herd of harleys in a rainstorm

Day 4 Frisco Colorado

We made our way through the mountains of Colorado today on two lane roads. It was epic and I don't know what else could describe it. Camped on the Gunnison River in Colorado last night. The chopper gods have been good to us!
Jordan Barnes

Dont Forget!

Thursday Night in Millville!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Then there was 8

Today we gained two more rulers for the trip. Cody and Steve caught up to us in Nebraska. Steve is ridin my dream bike this 75 sporty in the pic...break downs every 20 miles...fuckin shit rules!
Jordan Barnes

Sunday, June 19, 2011

been lost.

I know I know. I've been lost, but not MIA. Been doing alotta cool shit. racing porsches, tuning bikes, carpentry, engine building and carpentry. Trying to stay busy I supposed.. See you all soon. here's some porn.

P.S. don't park behind speed theory on a rainy day.. your 240 will get flooded and set your trip back a few days. now to see what my insurance says about my flooded car, busted starter, faulty radio, cracked windshield, and moldy carpet. Oh yeah, clutch is starting to make noise now.. WTF... thanks mother nature. I could have done without this. OH YEAH: don't wait till last minute to book your motorcycle road test. It'll rain and you won't be able to take the test. and your car will get flooded.


Day 1 Sioux City Iowa, stumbled upon this camping, free beer, free food...Waiting for the catch! Only casualty yesterday was my old we are heading through Nebraska on our way to Colorado. Nebraska blows if I remember right.
Jordan Barnes

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

52 International

My sister has been working on getting this truck on the road so tonight I helped her yank the cylinder head off. The bottom end looks surprisingly good and shouldnt take much to get running.

On My Mind!

Ticket in my wallet, won't be long now!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Travel Light!

What am I forgettin besides the obvious shit..tent, sleeping bag, clothes....First time I have packed for a 2 1/2 week trip.

duct tape
electrical tape
safety wire
zip ties
20' of wire
torx bits
other basic tools
large plastic bags
nylon cord
phone charger

Gotta pack light but I know I am forgetting some basic shit?

Less Cam, Same Power!

Went from a Woods .630" to a Zippers .567". The cams have almost identical timing though, so its no big surprise the powerband is simular. Low-end feels a little softer, probably due to less compression. I think the heads are flowing a touch better but didnt have time to test them.

On late model sportsters torque your pinion nut to 70ft/lbs and use green loctite. I think this is what caused my problems, because stock tq spec is 35-40 ft/lbs. This allowed the pinion gear to spin on the shaft.

Monday, June 13, 2011


I've been checking the mailbox like a 5 year old waiting for birthday money. Plus I started my bike before I left work, think I've got that hot mess all sorted out. On the dyno it goes tomorrow!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

snooze yah looze

if you weren't there you missed out! had visitors that rode shovels from a far. thanks jordan for letting me ride your scoot!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

panheads forever

I listen to this at least once a day!


My mother's mom getting a ride in the upper left. The day my dad sold that bike in the lower right. He needed the cash to build our house. Thats Dan Carlson, Jerry Conrad and my dad shooting blackpowder. The day Jerry died he took his youngest son for a ride on his shovel and had a heart attack when he got home.

Monday, June 6, 2011


I see lots going on in MN with cycles and I'm getting really close to getting my shit together with the teaching job, so im out running errands and I meet up with Chris Morris, who's building a hardtailed pan. We check out his garage and I spot the sick paint work he's got going on and a few of his other projects. Then we hop in the car and head over Raritan way to see his pan at Mike's HUGE shop 47industries. He's got a ton of work going on, all sweet stuff and a very capable shop. Remembered to snap a few pics of the sweetness for the followers. Gotta get a good network of fellow minded people out here, since I can't bring my MN family here with me.

Cool story to share. I am talking with my neighbor (big long 113in "el Bruto" chopper, 96in fatboy with a rivera forward swept mani, both S&S carbs) about how his bikes act funny once in a while. The long bike, gets really hot when cruising, and the fatboy has a hard time getting enough fuel when stopped at a light. both HAUL ASS and don't act funny when he gets the hammering. I told him no worries, we'd take a look at them wednesday morning, that I could help him figure out a voltage draining issue on his long bike then, check the timing and possibly see what the carbs were doing. He then starts telling me about this springer bike he was running in the 90's that he was having trouble with the tune up and needed some work, so him and his cousin (lead singer for Agnostic Front) ride into Brooklyn to this guy who tunes carbs with an automotive stethoscope... Indian Larry set his bike up and was his go-to guy when the bike was acting funny. He tells me he misses him, because nothing has ever ran as perfect. R.I.P. INDIAN LARRY! I'd better start setting these bikes up, he says he's got a gang of rider friends who need their shit sorted out....... uhhh PAT, I need some help :)

Knuckle Shuffle 2011

What a fuckin weekend! Sheep tied up in the road, amish people everywhere, blown out rear tire, free PBR, met a lot of cool ass people, popped my knucklehead cherry for 100 miles, sunburnt as fuck, 500 miles of sick riding, Teach's open house was killer, I could go on for days! To my brother Pat, I owe you a solid for saving my ass and getting my bike home. Thanks buddy!

Sorry for the shitty phone pics...hopefully I can link up a few of the better ones