Thursday, February 25, 2010

seat I made For Randy

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Randy Happens to be the house sound guy at St. Louis's very own, "best place to see a concert" The Pageant. If you've ever been to the Pageant he just may have been the guy making sure that all of that great rock and roll is heard Loud and clear. It is made from a tooled nose peice and layered in Italian black hide with an italian brown under the grommets. It is going on his shovel.

seat for Slippery Pete

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Petey said he wanted something having to do with the f word and also be offensive at the same time. He pretty much gave me the seat pan and said have at it. The bike has turned out beautiful which is a new thing for Petey cause he's usually opting for the riden extremeley hard look. I remember one time he had to stop a trash truck driver from picking up his bike and putting it in the trash compactor. Which is amazing all in its self. Petey is one of the most loyal guys you'll ever meet and he is always looking out for those around him. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

new engraving

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This is the beginning of my new rocker covers for the twin cam. out with the old in with the new

bicycle belt drive-True freedom

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I finished building my single speed belt drive mountain bike. I decided to build up my own rather than by one made, cause I new I could do it cheaper. A typical belt drive frame runs about 1300.00 bucks. So, I bought a frame splitter and welded it into an Ebay frame on my own, full Chromoly steel of course. The belt drive works amazingly on this 29er, cant wait to ride it on the dirt. Bicycles is where it all started out for me and it is always where my heart will be as far as two wheeled vehicles are concerned. I'm a bicyclist first and a motorcyclist second. there is nothing like getting back to basics on a simple machine like this one. No extra gears to get all tangled up, no motor and bs wiring to fail. No harmful emissions or greenhouse gases. To me this is like being 12 years old again. It will go wherever my own two legs can take me. True Freedom.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


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purse i recently made

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My Freind Tashia Trumper comissioned me to make this for her. It is entirely her design. This by far one of the hardest things I have ever made. But It turned out great.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

better pic of original

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drawing of a 2006 triumphBonneville

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It was built by
Jeremy Cupp
Location Grottoes, VA
Country USA
Bike Name TT Deluxe
Year / Model 2008 LCFab Custom
Engine Make / Size 2006 Triumph Bonneville 865cc
Transmission Type Triumph 5 spd
Frame Make / Type LCFab Custom

I absolutely love this bike

drawing of a woman

IMG_0222, originally uploaded by Richard Grabbe.

The winter months are definatley keeping me indoors these days. this is the kind of thing I do when I dont have a bike to build in the winter

Sunday, February 7, 2010

JUST MY DOG "Charlie"

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He is my other eyes that can see above
the clouds; my other ears that hear above
the winds. He is the part of me that can
reach out into the sea.

He has told me a thousand times over that
I am his reason for being: by the way he
rests against my leg; by the way he thumps
his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he
shows his hurt when I leave without taking him.
(I think it makes him sick with worry when he
is not along to care for me.)

When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive.
When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile.
When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.
When I am a fool, he ignores it.
When I succeed, he brags.
Without him, I am only another man. With him,
I am all-powerful.
He is loyalty itself.
He has taught me the meaning of devotion.
With him, I know a secret comfort and a
private peace. He has brought me understanding
where before I was ignorant.
His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.
His presence by my side is protection against
my fears of dark and unknown things.
He has promised to wait for me...
henever...wherever--in case I need him.
And I expect I will--as I always have.

He is just my dog.
--- Gene Hill

Saturday, February 6, 2010

60's era ducati top end on a nosecone bottom end

IMG_3635, originally uploaded by Richard Grabbe.

This is a motor that keino is working on at the moment. I can't wait to see it done.

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