Greasebag 2011 Recap

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As I mentioned a few days ago, the Greasebag was incredible. After six months of planning and running around to get everything organized I couldn’t have asked for or imagined a better result. Being surrounded by a multitude of smiling friends, both new and old, who are laughing, talking bikes, telling stories - that’s what it’s all about - that’s why it was so important to me to bring it back for another year. The bikes and the road are the things that initially bring us together, but it’s the people that keep us around.

I don’t think it’s necessary to do a blow-by-blow of every minute of the weekend. If you were there, you knew how it went down. You know it was the combination of the overall vibe and the people that really made the entire experience. If you weren’t there, well, you missed out. That said, there are a few moments that jump out as some of my favorites.

  • McGoo breaking his 7-month alcohol abstinence and subsequently crashing a birthday party and bachelorette party on the upper floors of the Baseball Tavern.
  • The pre-pre-party at Remy’s
  • The grin on Matt Davis’ face after riding my FXR all weekend.
  • The killer turn out at the Dice party, even in the face of pouring rain.
  • Canadian Rob’s absolute dedication to getting down to the show, even in the face of mechanical issues. Where most people would have given up, he pushed on and I’m glad he did. Not only is his Pan Chop one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, but I’m stoked to call him a friend.
  • The Saturday ride - from beginning to end. Way bigger turn out than I expected (70-80 bikes), but even better was that the almost entire group stayed together for the whole ride. That many bikes rolling through small New England towns felt like a force of nature. The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end when I looked in my rearview mirror and saw an endless row of motorcycles. Absolutely awesome and inspiring. Kudos to everyone who not only rode well, but kept their shit together. I only know of a couple minor break downs that happened, and those guys got right back on the road with some quick repairs.
  • Keith Stone - nuff said.
  • Boston-talk at the picnic table. I think the hardest laughs of the weekend happened here. Beer through the nose laughter.
  • The Providence/South of Boston crew knowing how to bring the party - circle of headlights stage and all. I haven’t heard anyone testing positive for STDs yet, but I’m not putting it out of the realm of reality.
  • The entire crew at White Birch Campground who welcomed us with open arms and were amazing the entire time we were there. The campground rules, but the folks that run it are even better. Hell, they even invited us back!
  • Gourmet S’mores around the camp fire. Seriously, shit was delicious. Full plank or half plank?
  • Henry raging at his first ever outlaw biker camp out. Little dude hasn’t even turned 2 yet and he has more street cred than you. Conceived on the Gypsy, baptized at the Greasebag. Hallelujah.
  • So many new friends.
  • Walter losing it when McGoo went into club-talk mode at the 2nd gas stop.
  • Canadian Justin’s unexpected jubilation at winning a bike show award. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy more stoked than he was at that exact moment. Dude threw down hard all weekend and was just a great guy to be around (funny accent an all).
  • Spiced Rum? WTF?
  • Karen scheming’ and Paul’s surprise
  • SMCD on a mission to fill parking spots in front of the Baseball Tavern with bikes and scooters. Mission accomplished.
  • Masshole Mike being Masshole Mike.
  • 15 giant pizzas being devoured in less than 5 minutes.
  • Did I mention Keith Stone? It was a smooth weekend.
  • The bikes - so many local killer bikes I had never laid eyes on.
  • The people - from the out-of-towners to all the locals that showed up in force. That’s what events like this are all about.

I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot, the whole weekend was a blast and a blur all at once. Thank you to everyone who showed up and made it a killer time.

As much as the Greasebag is a bit of a one man show, I also get a lot of help from others folks, so some thank you’s are in order:

To all the sponsors who stepped up and made it possible, thank you. I know I’ve said it plenty of times before, but without our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to do this. Their donations allow us to put on the event and keep it free. Extra thanks to Chop Shop Cycles, Biltwell, Kickstart Cycle Supply and Chop Cult for providing the food and beer. Support all these businesses because they’re the ones that are giving back to the community and that support keeps it going.

My brother Gino was my right hand man all weekend, from the Dice party to the final unloading of gear on Sunday. He did everything from hauling beer to taking pictures to selling raffle tickets, and a million other things in-between. I couldn’t have done it without him and I couldn’t have asked for a better wingman. You rocked it G, thank you for all your help.

The Dice party on Friday night wouldn’t have gone down the way it did without the help of Steve and Fordy. Thank you guys for making all the arrangements and putting everything in place for such a killer time.

It’s worth mentioning the crew at White Birch Campground again; they’re really that awesome. Thanks for letting us rage on your property and have a killer time. We’ll be back.

I’m lucky to have a great group of friends and family who’ve been supporting me since day one. Whether it was by spreading the word, being a sounding board, lugging gear or helping to run the show, they’re all invaluable to me. So thank you to: my brother Raff, Harvard, Ace, SMCD, Nardi, Dave K, Bill B., Walter, McGoo, Bryan, and Matt D.

Wayne, Jay and everyone at Acme Choppers. Not only for letting us take over your parking lot but for all the help leading up to and on the day of the event. Not only that, but when someone needed help getting their bike back on the road, they were right there, wrench in hand. I can’t say enough good things about these guys, they build killer bikes, make unbelievably high quality parts and have a motorcycle mecca of a workshop, but above it all, they’re just top notch guys.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the event in some shape or form. Whether it was by handing out flyers, spreading the word on the interwebs, unloading the van or directing traffic. There are too many people to list here, but a sincere thank you to all of you.

Last, but not least, my wife, who put up with 6 months of my insanity and neurotic behavior while I strung the show together. She was my rock and my biggest cheerleader the entire time, willing to give up weekends away or any semblance of a social life just so I could work on my little motorcycle weekend. She had my back the entire time, even when things got chaotic, and I am continually humbled by her support and dedication.

That’s a wrap folks. 2011 is in the books. We’ll be back in 2012; in what shape or form I’m not sure yet, but as soon as I figure it out, I’ll let you know. All I can think about now is riding my bike and seeing my friends again at the Gypsy Run in September .

August 5th, 2011 by grail21 in KB News, Knucklebuster Show | No Comments

Greasebag Camp Photos: Part 1

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Photos by Gino Mortillaro

August 5th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show, Moto Art & Pics | Comments (3)

Greasebag Wow

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I’m still a little brain dead from the weekend, but wow - that was absolutely incredible. Couldn’t have asked for a better throw down. A perfect example of reality surpassing all expectations. Great guys, great bikes, great roads, killer weather, lots of laughs, plenty of debauchery,Keith Stone throwing down hard and just an all out incredible time. Thank you to everyone who came out, especially everyone who did the ride and camp. Double extra awesome stoked thank you’s to everyone who traveled from far away places to party with us - CA, NJ, NY, TN, DC, and of course, all my Canadian brothers. To all my New England brethren who came out to support a local grassroots event - man, you’re support just makes me over the moon stoked and puts a huge shit eating grin on my face.

I’ll have a more coherent recap in the next few days once I regain my wits, but I really just wanted to say thanks to everyone who made it out, as well as all the Sponsors, everyone at White Birch Campground, The Baseball Tavern, Acme Choppers and everyone who lent a hand over the weekend.

mind = blown

Pics above by Canadian Rob.
Tons of pics to come, if you shot photos or video over the weekend, please send them my way, would love to see them. email
grail21@gmail.com

August 1st, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | Comment (1)

One last thing

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One last thing - we’ll have live updates from the whole weekend on the Knucklebuster facebook page. So go over there and “like” us and you can get the latest news and updates as they happen. From pics to any changes in plans or hot spots to meet us up at.

Here you go: Knucklebuster on Facebook

July 29th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | No Comments

Today is the day

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Dice Party Boston, at The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St, Boston, MA. 8pm

Bands: The Allstonians, The Egos, Larkin Brigade, Cradle to Grave, Riki Rocksteady plus R.J. Riel; three floors plus a roof deck overlooking the Boston Skyline. Plenty of 2-wheel parking Free Admission for the bar areas.

Started the day off by pick up a few beers for camping tomorrow. We should have enough.

Lots to do today, so I’ll be away for the ineternet box. I’ve got a certain Brit bloke to pick up and shuttle over to club. See you guys tonight.

July 29th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | No Comments

Greasebag Swag: The last batch of goodies

We’re 1 day away from official the official Greasebag kickoff with the Dice party in Boston and I’m STILL getting killer swag for the Sunday raffle. Check out the goodies that came in this week.

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Andy at Pangea Speed sent in a whole bunch of killer swag including an absolutely gorgeous (and heavy as fuck) sterling silver points cover. My photo does not do it justice, it’s an absolute work of art. Check him out at http://www.pangeaspeed.com/

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Wompy at Still Kicking rocked us with some sweet shirts and stickers. Wompy makes some killer builder parts that you should be checking out. His Brass Knuckle pull starters for Evo sporties and his custom air cleaners are absolutely stellar. Check him out at http://stillkickingstore.blogspot.com/

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Jason at Eternal Combustion was trying to make it out to the GB in person, but sometimes life gets in the way of living. His presence will be missed but he sent in some cool swag nonetheless. We’ve got a couple of his molotov fuel cells plus that rad mini finger tail light. Check him out at: http://www.eternalcombustion.com/

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I’ve saved the best for last. Not only did Joel at image one send over a bunch of shirts, but the custom painted “gas can” is absolutely ridiculous. Seriously out of this world - I want it on a shelf in my garage - but alas, someone at the greasebag is going to be able to take it home. The pinnacle of cool. Joel has been with us since day 1, and we’re stoked that he’s helping us out again. Joel puts on his own grassroots ride/camp event called Run 4 Your Life. It’s the weekend after the Greasebag (August 5-7) and goes through Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Make it if you can, it’s a good time for sure. More info here: http://r4yl.blogspot.com/

Thanks again to all the sponsors, in just over 24 hours all the shenanigans begin.

July 28th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | No Comments

Greasebag Run Printable Map

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Click the link below for a PDF that you can print out and tape to your gas tank for the run on Saturday. I’ll have a bunch of these to hand out the morning of the run, but if you want to print out your own in case you miss the main group, here you go.

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July 27th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | No Comments

Final Countdown: Greasebag Jamboree

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The show on Sunday is going to “officially” kick off around 11am, although we’ll be there earlier so you’re welcome to come down. The run down of the show is pretty simple - we’ll have vendors, food, music and most importantly, some killer bikes to check out. No crazy circus sideshows or mechanical bull riding contests. Hang out, check out bikes and talk shit. We’ll pull winning tickets for the crazy swag raffle about once an hour. We’ll call the winners of the Bike show around 3pm, so if you want to get in on that, you bike has to be registered by 2:30 at the latest. After that, we’re just partying.

We will not be selling adult beverages, but you can bring your own as long as you keep it on the down low. Don’t get any smart ideas about bringing booze to sell either, that will get you kicked right out.

If you’re camping out the night before, getting to Acme Choppers is super simple. Jump onto 106, pass through downtown Laconia, and you’re there in short order - 10-15 minutes tops. If you’re coming from another area, click here to see the directions page. The address for Acme Choppers is 14 Lexington Dr, Laconia NH if you need something to punch into your GPS.

As far as the bike show is concerned - No Categories. No people’s choice. No bullshit. 12 Winners - our favorite bikes out of the entire bunch walk home with the glory. $5 entry fee for the bike show, which goes directly into covering costs for the event.

Get stoked, this is going to be one for the books.

July 25th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | Comments (3)

Greasebag Random News and Notes

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Check out the lead story on Chop Cult this morning. Digging the Greasebag love. Thanks to the entire crew over there for helping spread the word.

I’ve got a couple vendor spots left for the Sunday show. If you’ve got some parts you want to sell and want to set up. Drop me a line and I will hook you up (vendor space is always free).

Make sure to check out facebook event page if you’re looking for people to ride out with. There are a couple of crews getting together from different parts of the North East who are looking for others to join up with. Check it out here: Greasebag on Facebook

I’ll have posters at the camp on Saturday night and the show on Sunday. If you want one, come see me.

For liability reasons and also because we’re in the middle of a dense wooded area, no fireworks at the camp Saturday night. Sorry and thanks.

Stay tuned, more updates later today.

July 25th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | Comment (1)

Final Countdown: Greasebag Run

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Went out on the final pre-run of the Saturday ride. Roads look pretty good for the most part, but the asphalt of the last leg of the ride is still torn up, so some minor changes have been made to the route. A slight change in the route fixes that pretty easy. It’s a solid ride if I say so myself. Laid back and a lot of fun, mostly backroads, some twisties and some two lane highways thrown in to open it up on and relax. I’m guessing with pit stops it should take us between 4-5 hours. It’s about 120 miles, we’ll stop around the 60 mile mark to refuel. There are plenty of gas stations on the way, so if you’ve got a tiny tank and need to pull off that won’t be a problem.

Check bottom of this post for the final itinerary for Saturday, as well as some more pics of the scenery from the ride. I’ll have printed maps and directions at the Dice party and the departure location on Saturday.

What you need to know
I think most of you guys who are making out on Saturday are veterans of these types of run, so you know how it goes down. For those of you new to the whole thing, here’s a few things to be aware of, but let me first preface it with this - we’re only riding 120 miles, we’re only camping for 1 night - it’s not rocket science:

1) Be self sufficient. We’re not traveling to Alaska, so don’t go packing like we’ll be on the road for months, but bring what you need to keep you and your bike on the road. We’ll have some basic tools with us for road side repairs, but if the pack splits up, make sure you’ve got what you need to get back on the road. We don’t have any chase trucks or trailers, so if your bike blows up and is beyond a road side fix, have someone you can call to come pick you up. We’ll do our best to keep everyone on the road, but have a back up plan.

2) Ride your ride. It’s not a race. You’ve got nothing to prove here. It’s not a overly technical ride, and the roads are smooth for the most part, but some pot holes and rough patches are inevitable. What I’m saying here is: don’t be an idiot. The last thing we want to be doing is scraping someone off the side of the road. The ride is pretty laid back, enjoy it but be aware of road craters and dips. Know your skill level and the limits of your bike. Pay attention to the road and the people around you, not getting your GoPro in the perfect position to get a killer shot for your blog. Common sense is your friend. Riding in a pack is usually slower than riding solo (unless you ride with Fritz), so for the experienced riders who might not be able to deal with that, feel free to bomb on ahead. If you’ve never ridden in a pack before, this article on Chop Cult is mandatory reading: How to ride in a pack.

Be respectful. This goes for the whole event, but especially for the campground. Jay and his crew are great hosts and have welcomed us with open arms. The camp has been in their family for generations. Don’t be a douche - have fun, get you’re wild and crazy on, but don’t disrespect the property.

What to bring. Whatever you need to get you through the night. Tent, sleeping bag, blow up doll, mexican blanket, you’re favorite teddy bear - whatever. It’s 1 night, we’re in the woods - it’s not complicated. I highly recommend some bug spray. We’ll have beer and food, if you want to bring a battery powered blender and put together some mix drinks, that’s on you. Campground has bathrooms, but otherwise is a pretty stripped down, back to basics deal. For the ride, bring the tools you need to keep yourself on the road, and watch the weather to see if you’re going to need rain gear. If you’ve got a gas tank that only gets you 10 miles, you might want to think about something to hold extra petrol, we’re not going to be stopping for gas that often. If you forget anything, don’t sweat it - there are major chain retailers along the way and not to far from camp, so you can pick up anything you need. We’re going to NH, not the outback.

The final itinerary for Saturday.
Saturday, July 30: Ride & Camp
Departure time: 11:30 am sharp
Jump-off point: Great Road Shopping Center on Rte 225 in Lexington, MA
Route Map: Greasebag Run Directions
Campground: Laconia White Birch Campground, 148 Bean Hill Rd, Belmont, NH
Camping Cost: $15 per person, free food and drink while supplies last, no reservations require

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Jump off point: The Great Road Shopping Center in Lexington, MA. It’s on Route 225W, take exit 31B off 128. It’s on the left hand side, there is a Friendly’s Ice Cream right before it. Look for the sign above. Pull in and meet us in the back of the parking lot. We’re leaving exactly at 11:30, so get here early, refuel, grab some grub and be ready to take off.

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In case you missed it, here is a link to the final run route: Greasebag Run Directions

July 24th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | No Comments

Final Countdown: Dice Party Boston

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Here’s the detailed run down:
Date: July 29, 2011
Place: The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St. Boston, MA
Time: 8pm
Bands: The Allstonians, The Egos, Larkin Brigade, Cradle to the Grave, Riki Rocksteady plus DJs.

3 floors plus a roof deck overlooking the Boston Skyline. Plenty of parking onsite.
Free Admission for the bar areas, small cover charge to see the bands.

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July 24th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | Comment (1)

Greasebag Swag: Mega Edition

We’re down to 9 days before the GB kick off and massive amounts of swag is still rolling in (and I’m expecting even more). Check out what came in this week

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I’ve got to start off with the killer package we got from Dan at 7 Metal West. Dan is one of the finest metal workers I know, quality second to none and these fenders are absolutely gorgeous. Aluminum, brass and steel - we’ve got one of each. Heavy duty and built to last, these are some of the best handcrafted motorcycle parts you’ll lay you hands on. This goes for everything Dan puts out there (his oil tanks are incredible), so don’t hesitate to get in touch with him when you need parts for your scoot. Check him out at http://7metalwest.com

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When Jason at South Side Kustoms out of Buffalo, NY told me he was sending in some swag, I wasn’t expecting 3 massive boxes, including some awesome custom pinstriped Christmas Tree ornaments (WTF?! So awesome). His donations well surpassed my expectations and I’m stoked on it all. The custom Cannon Ball oil tank is killer, and the pinstriped Biltwell helmet is just straight up classy and timeless. Plus we’ve got a bunch of shirts, stickers and posters to go along with it as well. South Side is throwing their own bash on July 30, so if you’re in the Buffalo area and can’t make it out to the GB, you should stop by their jam and party with them, a definite good time for sure.

Check them out at: www.south-side-kustoms.com and you can find info on their Rumble in the City event here: http://www.south-side-kustoms.com/EVENTS.html


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I love that Boston Mike is throwing down for beantown in Sunny Florida. Mike builds killer ground up chops and customs, as well as fabricating some cherry parts for you to customize your own ride. We’ve got one of his hand crafted brass shifters plus some shirts to throw in the swag pile. Check out Mike at http://bostonmikes.com/ to see his full line of parts and custom builds. You can also follow him on his blog at: http://bostonmikes.blogspot.com/


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Death Science and Show Class Magazine stepped up with a whole mess of goodies, including some already rare, sold out copies of issue #1, which instantly became a classic. Not only that, we’ve got a Death Head tail light, plus some custom cast lenses and the incredibly cool Mr. T shifter knob. These guys are top notch, they make killer parts and Show Class magazine is bound for greatness. I’m stoked to see someone bringing fresh print media to the community to compliment the handful of cool rags that are out there. Check these guys out at:
Death Science: www.deathscience.com
Show Class Magazine: www.showclassmag.com

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Last, but certainly not least are the guys at Biltwell, who not only sponsored the food and drink for the Saturday night camp out, but they also through down with a whole bunch of swag for the raffle, including an absolutely cherry megaflake helmet. Plus we’ve got a couple sets of their kung fu grips and a whole mess of killer apparel. Talk about going above and beyond. These guys continually blow my mind with their generosity and the level they operate at. They give back more than they take, not only to the Greasebag, but to grass roots events all around the country. Check them out at www.biltwellinc.com/ and www.chopcult.com/

Many thanks to all the sponsors, the swag pile has already exceeded all expectations.

July 20th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | Comments (2)

Greasebag Premier Sponsors

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We’ve been pretty lucky this year with sponsors stepping up to help out our cause. You’ve seen the swag that we’re giving away, and as usual, the generosity is staggering. But what I haven’t talked about yet is the guys who’ve stepped up to provide food and drink for the Saturday night camp out. That’s right, if you come on Saturday, you’ll eat and drink for free. Ride all day, party all night – it doesn’t get better, and it’s because these guys stepped to the plate to make it possible. The names of the shops should be no surprise because they continually step up to help out grassroots events.


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Chop Shop Cycles, Milford, NH
One of the best full service shops in New England and one of the few that “gets it” from the perspective of the do-it-yourself garage builder. These guys do it all – ground up builds, fabrication, service work and even their own line of custom parts. If you’re in New England and need some help, these guys should be on your shortlist.


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Biltwell
Killer parts at affordable prices and they support this community and grassroots events like no other. Whether it be helping out events like ours or throwing their own killer bashes like the El Diablo Run or the Slab City Riot. They’ve done more to support and grow this community than anyone I can think of.

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Kickstart Cycle Supply, Fair Lawn, NJ
Parts, service and Walter is one of the best dudes on the planet. Who else do you know would make a drunken promise and turn it into the best ride & camp adventure on the East Coast. If you’ve never been on the Gypsy Run, this is the year you need to make it.


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Chop Cult
In a few short years, these guys have made a huge mark on the internets by creating one of the best online communities for the 2-wheel obsessed. From original stories to great photos to an active online forum, there aren’t many sites that can match the massive amount of quality content they put out every week.

These guys made it happen, they’re the reason you get to eat and drink for free Saturday night and they’ve been a huge help in making the Greasebag come together this year. Support their businesses, buy their products, write them a thank you note if you’re so inclined, hell, send them some fresh baked cookies. You get to party for free, the least you could do is send them a delicious snack.

July 18th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | No Comments

Greasebag Swag: Cro Customs & Atomic Customs

Two of my favorite West Coast builders have jumped in to help us out with the Greasebag

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Trent at Aromic Customs builds some of the best traditional, no-nonsense choppers around. Timeless bikes built to be ridden hard. Many thanks to Trent for the whole mess of shirts and stickers he sent out way. Check him out at www.atomiccustom.com

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Caleb at Cro Customs is personally one of my favorite builders out there right now. His approach, style and design style always impress me. There is a soul he captures in every one of his builds that speaks volumes. His builds have been featured on Knucklebuster before and will continue to be in the future because the man just “gets it”. He sent us a whole bunch of hats and stickers to give away and for that we’re quite thankful. Check him out at: crocustoms.blogspot.com/

July 11th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | Comment (1)

Greasebag Swag: Front Street Cycle

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Anyone who hasn’t had their head in a hole knows that Craig at Front Street Cycles has been putting out some of the best custom handlebars and fenders for a while now. His beefy 13 gauge steel fenders earned him a reputation for high quality goods and his custom bar designs not only show off his skill but also his creativity. There are a lot of guys out there making bars now, but Craig is undoubtedly one of the best. I’ve seen both his fenders and bars in person and they are truly gorgeous.

Our community is built on guys like this - one-man shops, busting their ass to put out high quality products at reasonable prices. When you think about what the mainstream motorcycle shoppers’ pay for a set of bars out of the back of a mega-catalog, it seams almost unfathomable. That you could get a set of handcrafted, made in the USA, custom-built-for-you bars for less makes you wonder why anyone would choose any different.

Craig makes killer stuff , but he also gives back - whether it be by helping internet jockeys by answering all sorts of metal working or moto questions or by helping out events like the Greasebag. I’m psyched to have him as a sponsor this year, and the set of bars he’s donated blow me away. I love the simple design of them and the tracker inspired lines. In fact, these might just forget to make the trip to show so that I could plop them on my Sportster (I kid, I kid).

Many thanks to Craig, make sure to drop him a line anytime you’re in need of bars, fenders or custom metal work.

Check him out at: frontstcycle.blogspot.com

July 10th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | No Comments

Greasebag Swag: Troy Fabrication

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I can’t say enough good things about about Steve from Troy Fab. All the products that he puts out have the highest attention to quality that is humanly possible, he stands behind every single one of them with a customer first approach and he is easily one of the most stand up guys in the industry today. He’s helped me out on more occasions than I can count - from fabrication on my sportster to donating his time and truck truck to bring home my FXR to the knowledge he is always willing to share and teach to neophytes like me. Steve gives more than he takes and his involvement makes our community better. I am absolutely privileged to call him a friend.

I’ve watched Steve work in his shop; his attention to detail and commitment to putting out only the highest quality stuff is unmatched. I’m always stoked to have his parts as part of the Greasebag because I know who ever takes them home is going to be impressed. I’m even more stoked that he’ll be there in person. We’ve got one of his Yamaha XS650 engine stands and a triumph speedo spacer hub to throw into the swag pile, and if you show up, you might be the lucky one taking them home.

Whether you need one of his parts or some custom fabrication or machining work, make sure to drop Steve a line.

You will not be disappointed: www.troyfabrication.com

July 9th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | No Comments

Greasebag Swag: Modern Motorcycle Mechanics

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You guys know how much we love vintage tech around these parts. Sure, there may be newer, more efficient and improved techniques, but there is something about the old, simpler way of doing things that gets our blood flowing. That’s not a diss against more modern techniques, we rely on them all the time. But the knowledge from days gone by is still extremely helpful in the garage today. When you’re working on older bikes, the old way of doing things might be the only way of doing it.

So it’s no surprise that the book Modern Motorcycle Mechanics is right up our alley. While the contents may no longer be “modern”, the knowledge held between it’s covers is worth it’s weight in gold to the obsessed 2-wheel fanatic. The book was first published in 1942, last revised in 1974 and until recently, has been long out of print. This was the bible for old school gearheads when the internet didn’t exist and reference material was not easily found. Regardless of make or model you ride, the book is useful for all types of maintenance for your vintage scoot. From setting the timing on a single-cylinder Lucas magneto to rebuilding the engine of a Harley-Davidson 45”.

As you might expect, the book is giant - 766 pages of glorious moto-knowledge. Thanks to Greg Williams, the book is now back in print and easy to get your hands on (instead of crossing your fingers and hoping to stumble upon one in a used book store). Bringing back this piece of history makes Greg top notch guy in our eyes, but what makes us even happier is that Greg has donated a copy to the Greasebag swag pile. Yup, we’ll giving one away at the GB and someone is going to be way stoked with the tome of knowledge they get to bring home. Many thanks to Greg for helping us out and keeping this knowledge alive.

If you want to get your hands on your own copy of Modern Motorcycle Mechanics, check out the website at: www.modernmotorcyclemechanics.com

or order a copy from here: Buy the book

July 8th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | Comment (1)

Greasebag Swag: Ryzart Custom Paint

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Rich at Ryzart Custom Paint has been cranking out stellar paint work for years, and is easily one of my favorite painters on the scene today (and I don’t just say that because he’s now a sponsor). He brings his own unique style to the game (not only to the paint he does, but also to his illustration work) and slays it every time. And while he’s immensely capable of slinging paint in whatever style is the current trend amongst the moto-obsessed, it’s the work he does that bucks those trends and are infused with his own creativity that stand out the most to me. Top notch work from a top notch dude.

When I asked Rich if he wanted to be one of the show sponsors, I had no expectations, I just was hoping he’d be part of the show. When he stepped up for a $300 gift certificate towards a custom paint job, my jaw hit the floor. Absolutely UNREAL. I’m continually floored by the generosity of the small businesses that make up our community. The small shops and one-man operations that throw down HUGE, and keep this community thriving. For Rich to jump in and make such a large contribution just blew my mind. $300 worth of paint from one of the sickest painters out there? Amazing. There are few raffle prizes I covet more than this. The bad part for me is I can’t keep it. The good part for you is you have a chance to take it home with you.

If you have a paint project coming up, Ryzart should be on your short list of folks to consider.
Check out his work at: http://www.ryzart.com/

And his blog at: http://ryzart.blogspot.com/

I told you the raffle would be epic.

July 7th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | No Comments

Greasebag Swag: Lowbrow Customs

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Tyler and crew at Lowbrow have been supporting our events since day one. They were one of the first sponsors to sign up back in 2006 when we put on the very first Knucklebuster show in Peabody (how many of you remember that, before the greasebag even existed). This year is no exception. These guys support grassroots events all over the country and I credit them with being one of the cornerstone companies that have helped grow the community. They’ve turned a small t-shirt and decal business into a 1-stop shop for just about every cool part a garage builder needs to build their own personalized death trap. And every step of the way they’ve been giving back - from supporting small local events to publishing free tech articles on the website to their Bonneville efforts (which inspires us all), these guys aren’t just content with selling stuff, they’re in the thick of it; building and helping others out like the rest of us.

We’ve got a whole mess of builder parts, t-shirts, stickers and patches to raffle off at the greasebag, but you can only take it home with you if you show up.

If you’re in the market for anything moto related, make sure to check out their site. Their product selection is so huge now, their is bound to be something you’re looking for (like their brand new repop Wassell tanks, which you can not get with out spending a fortune).

Check them out at: Lowbrow Customs

July 6th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | Comment (1)

Greasebag Swag: Spectro Oils

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Part of organizing the Greasebag is reaching out to companies that I have never talked to before, i.e. the cold call. Most of the time, I don’t get a response - I can’t say I blame them, they don’t know me or the greasebag, so in many cases it’s a leap of faith for them. But every once in a while, they step up and jump in to help us out. Spectro Oils is one of those guys and boy did they step up to the plate. I’m always surprised and stoked when this happens, but with Spectro I should have known they would be there to help us out. They’ve been supporting grass roots events, small shops and the chopper community all over. The giving back to community is what makes them extra special in my book, but it’s the quality of their product that makes them my choice for my personal needs. I’m not going to get into the whole oil debate here, but I’ve been using their 20/50 in my bikes for the past few years and I couldn’t be happier with it. I also use their tranny and primary fluid and it’s all top notch in my book. High quality product + continual support of our community makes me a loyal customer for life.

So what did they send? How about 2 full cases of 20/50 oil, plus at least 100 of those beer coozies (they’ll come in handy at the Saturday night camp out), plus a ton of stickers and full size banners. Absolutely brilliant. If you’ve never tried out their products before, head up to the greasebag and you’ll have a chance to bring some of it home with you.

Many thanks to these guys for supporting us and giving back.
Make sure to check them out at http://www.spectro-oils.com/ or at your local purveyor of fine motorcycle goods.

July 5th, 2011 by grail21 in Knucklebuster Show | No Comments