Friday, January 30, 2009

33 Hot Rod Stage 3

Dirti put the motor & transmission in the hot rod this week. Him and Big Ron put the doors on. The doors are on actuators so you hit a button and they pop open! The deadline for the car is March 6. Well maybe a week before because it will be on display at the Detroit Autorama!

More information to be leaked out next week!

With just a click!

Change (in the life of animals) we can all participate in.
As many of you know the Perewitz family is serious animal lovers, especially dogs!
This is pretty simple... Please tell ten friends to tell ten today!
The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals.
It takes less than a minute (How about 20 seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box "Click here to give" for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned or neglected animals in exchange for advertising.
Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

New HD 883

Harley-Davidson unveiled the new Iron 883 - the latest Harley-Davidson Dark Custom motorcycle. This blacked-out, stripped-down Sportster starts at just $7,899, leaving plenty of freedom for customization. Features of the bike are listed below, along with a link to the Dark Custom site.

Decked in black from fender-to-fender, the new Harley-Davidson Iron 883 brings the beat of an 883 Evolution engine backed up by a combo of gritty, old-school garage features like front fork gaiters, drag style handlebar and side-mount license plate holder.

The black powder-coated 883 cc Evolution powertrain with black covers takes the Iron 883 deep into the heart of darkness. With Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and performance tuning with a flat torque curve, the Iron 883 delivers plenty of power for the city scene. The pipes on the straight cut shorty dual exhaust flow the distinctive American V-Twin sound.

The black chopped rear fender with its combination stop/turn/tail lights shows more of the 150 mm rear tire and black, 13-spoke cast aluminum wheel, while the front tire also rides on a black wheel. The rest of the Iron 883 gets a darker-suited presence with black front forks and fender supports, fuel tank, oil tank cover, belt guard, drag style handlebar and mid mount foot controls.
A classic Sportster solo seat with a height of 25.3 inches fits the lone rider, while a passenger seat and a backrest in complementing black finishes can be added as accessories.

Check out more on the Iron 883 and Harley-Davidson Dark Custom motorcycles at

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Motorcycle Scam #2

We recently got hit with a scam!
We received a call from a relay service, someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. We have a really nice customer, Pete, that calls through a relay service so I am very familiar with how they work. This person used an Internet service so it is completely untraceable. Our call was from a male wanting to buy a motorcycle. This is how it went.

caller: how much for motorcycle?
Jody: $20-65,000.
Caller: I want a custom chopper.
Sure we have one for $45,000.
ok I want to buy it!
(what!! who buys a $45,000 motorcycle over the phone?!)
Where are you from and do you want to come see it?
Long Beach CA and I will send my son and shipper out to get it. Can I put a $2,000 deposit on my credit card?
(Ok that is 3,000 miles away!)
I'm sorry but we usually take $5,000 deposit on a large sale like that.
OK, Can you do me a favor? Charge my card for the shipping and then you pay the shipper?

So this call went on for over 45 minutes! I didn't come out and say we wouldn't take the credit card but he was ignoring the fact that I didn't want to take credit.

It was extremely tough talking to this person. I figured the call was fishy right from the start. I mean who does business like this?! I figured I would give them the benefit of the doubt and deal with them. I asked him lots of questions that mainly got short answers. He was a disabled veteran that just got a lot of money. Also the address that he sent me was not found on mapquest! He called every hour telling me he wanted to make the "deal real" and charge the card.

These calls and e-mails went on for 2 days until I finally said the key words!!

"No we will not take any credit cards and will not pay your shipper for you!!!"

That was it the call ended and not more contact.

See the scam is that you run a stolen credit card and then pay the "shipper" with your funds and then that credit card company calls you and says the card was no good after you have already paid the "shipper"!

The things people will do now for a $. Please be aware, I am sure this isn't the only one out there, especially in a tough economy!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


I got this from my Uncle Bob, the subject was "hitting a little too close to home"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Motorcycle Quotes 1

By: Mr. Motorcycle
(Be sure to check out his blog!)

Someone took the time to put together some great motorcycle sayings.
Some we already know, some, maybe not. Will post more next week.

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.

Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 70 mph.

You start the game of life with a full pot of luck and an empty pot of experience. The object is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck.

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything you need.

The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror.

Don't ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise.

Sometimes it takes a whole tank of fuel before you can think straight.

Never hesitate to ride past the last street light at the edge of town.

Never do less than forty miles before breakfast.

One bike on the road is worth two in the garage.

Young riders pick a destination and go. Old riders pick a direction and go.

Whatever it is, it's better to do it in the wind.

Two-lane blacktop isn't a highway, it's an attitude.

People are like motorcycles; each is customized a bit differently.

The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.

A friend is someone who'll get out of bed at 2 am to drive his pickup to the middle of nowhere to get you when you're broken down.

Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt at 70 mph can double your vocabulary.

If you want to get somewhere before sundown, you can't stop at every tavern.

There's something ugly about a NEW bike on a trailer.

Paughco Catalog Cover

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2009 Show Schedule

Below is the current show schedule. I know some people have been asking. The schedule is constantly being added too so I will try to post this once a month. Hope to see you at a few events!

Jan. 24-25 Kev-Marv Show Salem, NH
Feb. 7-9 V-Twin Expo Cincinatti, OH
Feb. 7-8 Northeast Expo Boston, MA
Feb. 13-16 Dealers Show Indy
Feb. 13-16 Kev-Marv Show Fredrickburg, VA
Feb. 27-Mar 8 Daytona Bike Week Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 14-15 Kev-Marv Show Philly, PA
March 27-29 Donnie Smith Show St. Paul, MN
June 18-21 Laconia Bike Week Laconia, NH
July 18th Kris Holmes Run Bridgewater, MA
Aug. 3-9 Sturgis Bike Week Sturgis, SD
Dec. 4-6 Dayton CycleFest Dayton, OH

Friday, January 16, 2009

Wilmington KevMarv Show

Last weekend Kory, Matt (Kory's other brother) and I went to a show a KevMarv Show in Wilmington, MA. On Saturday the show was pretty busy. This was the first show I have done in 2009 so I was curious to see what the turn out would be. I was impressed. Wilmington is one of KevMarv smaller shows so I didn't know how many people there would be. The crowds were coming through the doors and people were actually buying things too! Of course it isn't like it was 2-3 years ago when we couldn't take money fast enough but to just have some good sales was awesome. Especially at a small show and a first for 2009.

Even better than the sales was chit chatting with people. The show was only about an hour from home so close enough that people could live near us. We let tons of people know that we don't just do custom bikes, we have a full service dept. and parts dept. Also we told people about our infamous Bike Nights! Ahhh I can't wait till summer!

So in the long run hopefully the sales for that show will continue to climb throuhgout the year, it doesn't just stop when the weekend is over!

Next weekend Jan. 24-25 we will be in Salem NH for another KevMarv Production! See ya there!

The 33 Motor

The engine for the 33 Hot Rod arrived yesterday! I captured Dirti, Kory and Matt unloading it and opening the box!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

33 Hot Rod Stage 2

The guys in the shop, Big Ron, Dirti, Kory and Jay (the painter) are working non stop on the car to have it done for the Detriot Autorama the middle of March. The build is going the cover of high publicized magazine. (I will tell you at a later date!) They have gotten a lot done but still have a ways to go!

Big Ron is working on putting the doors together while Dirti and Kory are pre-fitting the body with the firewall. The suspension is done, if we had the wheels on it would be a roller. The motor and transmission will hopefully be here next week and Jay will began painting the body.

Paint! Ahhh can you guess the scheme this rod is going to have?

Dirti and Jeff have also started a club called the Haybails, want to join?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Washington Post

Custom Motorcyclists Fully Embrace the Art of the Wheel

By Neely Tucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 10, 2009; Page C01

Somewhere out there on the American road is a motorcycle like no other.
Somewhere out there is a two-wheeled machine so unique, so frightfully original, that you could never find another like it.

Custom motorcycles are riding the crest of motorhead machismo, the thingy to get for boys about 45 who have $20,000 and up to plunk down for something that they'll drive a few dozen times a year. You can find guys making one-of-a-kind motorcycles -- forget a Harley! Never mind the Ducati! -- from Baton Rouge to Bangor. It's "American Chopper," it's West Coast Choppers, it's Will Smith and Kid Rock and John Elway tooling around on two wheels of motorized art, it's genre founders like Dave Perewitz, it's guys who fork out for an avatar that no one else will ever have.

Here's Alfredo Carlini, 40-something, chopper-maker extraordinaire, getting his Hardcore Choppers in Sterling ready for the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this weekend.

"Art is the experience of you, and since we're all unique, that's not so much," he says, talking in his workshop, buried in an industrial and office park near Dulles Airport. "But craftsmanship! That's a discipline. Not everyone can do that. That's what custom motorcycles are -- craft."

Carlini will be showing off seven or eight highly stylized bikes at the show this weekend -- crazy things with the front wheel about a mile from the cycle body. He machines his own parts; he builds bikes with names. High Life. Beef Cake. Urban Assault Chopper. Makes about 75 bikes a year, has a staff of 10. Sells across the United States, Europe, the Mideast, South America. He can make you a simple bobber, those 1950s-looking things, starting at $16,000. Most are double that. One went for $200,000.

"These are not impulse buys. These are toys these guys have been thinking about for years," he says.

Will Langhorne, D.C. area native and international race car driver, knew he wanted a custom bike. He also knew whom he wanted to build it.

"Alfredo is really doing unique things," says Langhorne, who owns the aforementioned Urban Assault and is working with Carlini on another bike. "Really pushing the envelope."

Custom bikes used to be outre, in a garage-punk kind of way. They were down-market and kind of weird. It started just after World War II, when returning soldiers started stripping down production bikes -- then as now mostly Harley-Davidsons -- to get a different, wilder look. You pared the bike down, "chopped" off the fenders or fairing or anything else. High handlebars, the low seat, the raised foot pegs up front -- these were standard modifications.

"I remember making bikes back in the 1970s, and I might be able to sell one for $5,000," says Perewitz, the Massachusetts-based builder who is a legend in the field. (He now builds only a dozen a year. They start at $60,000.) "There was only me and a few guys across the country who did it. We all knew each other."

Carlini likes to call his bikes "hard-core Americana" to reflect that tradition.

But with computer engineering making original parts easier and cheaper to manufacture, and cable shows such as "American Chopper" gaining a large audience, one-of-a-kind bikes have become . . . mainstream. Paul Teutul Sr., the mustachioed star of "Chopper," says in a telephone interview that though the show has boosted the demand for his motorcycles, what everyone really wanted was the T-shirts.

"It was the merchandising we couldn't keep up with," he says.

But as American builders made more money, their designs lagged. At the six-year-old AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building -- held in your red-white-and-blue bastion of Sturgis, S.D. -- no American designer has ever won. Canada, yes. Japan, yes. Sweden (Sweden!), yes. 'Murcans? Nope.

"Things in the United States just stopped evolving in the late 1990s," says Robin Bradley, founder of American Motorcycle Dealer magazine and creator of the contest. "They kept referring to [motorcycle styles] in the 1950s and 1960s. It was very popular, and there's nothing wrong with it as a business model. But stylistically, creatively, the rest of the world moved on."

Carlini doesn't go for high-profile. He grew up in Springfield. Went to George Mason. Did four years in the Army. Ran a body shop. Put together his first bike in 1991, just for himself. Drove it up to the gas station to fill up -- guy offers to buy it. Opened his own place five years later.

Today, the only external sign that the place exists is a black and red banner atop the two-story building. The banner is partly torn by the wind. You have to be buzzed in. There's no real showroom. There are old carpets and tires and cardboard boxes of parts on the floor. Only one of the two fluorescent overhead lights is working in his office. It's as drab as the bikes are fiercely beautiful.

A little bit of America, the heart still beating.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

33 Hot Rod Stage 1

We are starting to really move on the 33 Hot Rod. Dirti has been powdercoating parts for the past few days, while Jay has been painting the frame. Check out the pics below.

Jay the painter spraying the frame.

Piece of the brakes baking in the oven

The assembly room has turned into a 33 mess...

Freshly PC'd!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Harley Davidson Sportster.

Ride Free is a guarantee on the trade-in value of H-D Sportsters. Between December 26th and March 31st, current owners of an ’07, ’08, or ’09 Sportster 883 or 1200 can trade-in for any of the bikes in the Big Twin family and receive full MSRP on their original bike. Similarly, new owners purchasing a Sportster in the same timeframe will have an opportunity to trade-in for full MSRP at any point within a year’s time. Essentially, participating customers will have a year to "ride free."

All of the details about Ride Free are available on

There’s also a video piece up on our YouTube channel at: