79: Wymond Walkem from Walkem's Cycle Talking Vintage and Custom Motorcycles

To continue on with the vintage flavor we are joined by Wymond Walkem.  Last episode we had Wymond's wife Devah on the show.  Wymond is the restore man behind Walkem's Cycle.  He talks about all the bikes he has restored and some details about restoring and custom bikes in general

The best way to view Wymond's work is to visit his website indianrestorations.com and in you are near Toronto Canada stop by and say hi. :)

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Running time:  1 hour 18 minutes

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78: Riding Vintage with Devah Walkem

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This week we have a guest to talk about riding vintage motorcycle exclusively and over long distances.  Joining Rico in studio this week, we have a great conversation to share with everyone.

Devah Walkem

  • Rides a 1939 80ci Harley Flathead and a 1980 Sturgis Harley (only 1400 of these ever created)
  • Learned on a Yamaha Virago
  • Flathead upgraded from 45 to 80 cubic inch by her husband Wymand.
  • The bike had low center of gravity and was a great bike being short of 5'4".
  • Main reason Devah rides is the freedom and seeing new sights, and the feeling of different winds
  • Been riding for 35 years and has gone from Toronto to New Orleans as well as Toronto to Sturgis
  • Once ran out of gas in Oregon and once off the highway,  a gas truck pulled in behind and filled them up!
  • Tips for riding vintage bikes is to be mechanically inclined, have a good back, and be prepared to be looked at.
  • Tip for women is to carry a scarf that can be used for to keep you warm and cool.
  • Best state to ride in the USA is Utah in Devah's opinion.
  • Salt river canyon in particular is a great place.
  • Having ridden on the back for many years, she enjoys the different feeling of being a passenger, which allows for looking around more at the scenery and Nagigation (new term for us)

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Running time:  53 minutes

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77: The Fashionista Still Has an Iron Butt

We are once again joined by one of our past guests to get a update from her.  You guessed it, we have the Fashionista joining the show again.  Before getting an update from Deb we talk about what make a new motorcycle model.

What makes a new new motorcycle model:

  • Harley released the Road King Special model, which we covered in past episodes and we cover a little more detail to setup the conversation.
  • Indian released the Indian Roadmaster Classic Model.  Indian removed the hard bags off the roadmaster and replaced them leather bags and a few other tweaks.
  • Between the two models - we think Harley did a better job
  • We relate these new models to what car companies would call a trim level.

Fashionista Update:

  • Visited Motorcycles of Charlotte on way back from Barber.  Deb will be going back to dealership in late spring test ride some BMW bikes.
  • 2 weeks ago Deb rode to Florida to do an article for April 2017 BMW Motorcycle Owners of America News Magazine.  Deb finds places off the beaten path places to visit and thing that might have been forgot or lesser known.  This trip was to Old Florida.
    • Started out in Wakulla Springs, FL - 14 miles south of Tallahassee, FL. Is one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs.
    • Next stop was Cedar Keys, FL - highly recommend as a place to go and relaxing.  Hugest claming since the 90's. 
    • Next stop on the trip was Crystal River, FL and was able to rub the belly of a manatee.  Which was on her bucket list.
    • Last stop on trip was Mount Dora, FL - Cool little town, motorcycle friendly and a lot to do.
    • Total trip miles about 1200 miles.
  • Heading back to Florida for the first week of Daytona bike week.  Will be attending the super cross racing.
  • Cold weather riding -
    • BMW Under layer suite
    • Olympia Expedition all season suite
    • Place hand warmers in all pockets to help keep warm
    • New Boots - Sidi Gavia Gore-Tex Boots - Great boot as feet never got cold
  • Packing for Long Trips:
    • Saddle Bags
    • Dry Sacks 35 liters with Rok Straps
    • Have a bottle of wine, glass, and opener with her.
  • Nice tent, which has a living area and an area to allow you to wrench redverz Atacama Tent
  • Will not be at Barber as she will be doing 50CC ride during late September - early October.
  • Deb also started writing for Modern Moto Magazine. Check it out!
    • Katie Fox owner
    • Magazine is geared towards fashionable gear
    • First article about how to pack and keep your fashion sense on road

7 + 1 Segment:

We are starting a new segment thanks to Mike, who is part of the Riders of Loud Pipes group.  In our off-line social chat, Mike asked if money was no object what 7 bikes, cars, boats, etc would you have in your garage.  Then one project to work on.  We require at least 4 bikes on the list.  Here we go! 

Jon:

Rich:

Rico:

Deb:

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Running time:  1 hour 16 minutes

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76: Cleveland IMS Recap with Zyon

We are joined again this week we a special guest.  This time its one of our own Riders of Loud Pipes! First Five member Zyon, who took a trip to the IMS show in Cleveland.  Zyon joins us to give his recap of what he saw at the show and a few other topics.

Little background on Zyon

  • A First Five member in the Riders of Loud Pipes
  • Several bikes in garage
    • 2013 Harley Davidson Deluxe
    • 1998 Kawasaki KLR (Rich's old bike) using as a winter bike this year
    • Custom Kawasaki 440 hardtail - for sale if anyone is looking

Cleveland IMS Show

  • Harley Davidson was demonstrating how to pick up a bike from a dropped position
  • Honda was pushing the new Rebel
  • No Moto Guzzi, so Zyon could not check out the Flying Fortress
  • Victory was there, but they were pushed into the Polaris tent with Slingshots
  • Don't expect much from Victory to make it to Indian save for may the engine from the Octane
  • Don't expect to see a Victory bike with an Indian badge
  • BMW bikes caught Zyon's eye and sat on a few
  • R6 is a beautifully bike and the front looks angry.  Zyon is not a street bike person, but this one he liked
  • Talked to Rinehart and off-record said parts would still be coming out and will be legal in 49 states.
  • There was custom sport bike that was streched.  It has a box with a scorpion living in it.
  • Zero electric bikes was at show, but no one in area looking at bikes.  Feel that electric bikes are more the California

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Garage:

  • Rich and Bryce installed the swingarm bag on the Deuce
  • Mike Sawyer sent in feedback to Rico recommending that he looks at love-jugs for the Roadmaster

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Running time:  1 hour 08 minutes

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75: Justin Webster from J. Webster Designs

To finish up Rich and Jon's trip to Florida, we have one more topic to cover.  We covered it a little bit in episode 74 where Rich and Jon stopped by J. Webster Designs in Gainesville, FL.  This show is the interview Rich and Jon captured with Justin and the follow on conversation with Rico.

Before the interview Rich and Jon try to cheer up Rico as he was having issues with his Mac Mini and a bluetooth keyboard.  Not sure if was Rich and Jon or triple rum and coke, but Rico cheered up.

Rich and Jon met Justin previously at the Barber Vintage Festival - October 2016.

  • All work is done out of his home shop - which is an undersized 2-car garage
  • First bike was a Honda CB750F - which is undergoing major customization
  • Currently working a Honda CB550 that will be a scrambler/tracker concept
  • Current makes four parts for Honda CB bikes
  • Wrench Against the Machine
    • Justin was on Episode 4 of the winning team.  His team members were Josh Allison and Chastin Brand
    • Started with a 1977 Suzuki GS 550 turned into an Easyriders style Chopper
    • Had to cut the front end due to rake was to long. 
    • Justin only slept for 40 minutes during the 72-hour challenge
    • Rich and Jon got to see the bikes - Listen for Rich's reaction...

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Running time:  1 hour 38 minutes

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