Sunday, June 29, 2014

"6th Street Specials"

"6th street specials", a freaking landmark in New York City's lower east side. If you ride an English bike you know this place. When I worked at "Iron Horse Magazine", we were there a lot, Indian Larry and Paul Cox both worked there in the mid 80's. Hugh, who runs the shop, was featured on the TV show "Cafe Racer". Since 1986 Hugh and Dimitri (RIP) ran the shop. Now Hugh and his trustee wrench "Fumi" keeps all the cool kids up and running on their Triumph's - BSA's and what not. This is not some designer motorcycle shop like a Harley dealer, this is a knuckles down, bare bones bike shop. You will not see leather chaps and fingerless gloves for sale here. They work on bikes "THAT'S IT". You can buy parts and maybe a shop T-shirt. If you are ever in NYC, you should stop by and see what a real bike shop looks like. bBy a T-shirt so Hugh can have some pocket money for tea and cookies, and don't wage to much of the man's time, he has a shop to run for Christ's sake! You can find "6th Specials" at 703 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10009 My wife Carrol being patient while I chat with my pals. Hugh hard at work during my visit. That's how he rolls, he worked through our whole conversation The Amazing Fumi spinning wrenches in the basement on a customers bike. A fixture at the shop, Greaser Mike, a lower east side legend in his own right!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Day with Paul Cox

A lot of you might not know it but Paul Cox and I go back a long way. In the late 1980's, when he was over at 6th Street Specials with Indian Larry (Sportster Larry at the time I think), I would stop by with my riding pals and not say too much. Later on I was a staff writer and Assistant Editor for "Iron Horse Magazine". We all got to know each other better in those days, and as time went on we all sort of stayed in touch. I lived out on Long Island, so it was hard for me to get into New York City, especially as my painting business "Spritz BY Fritz" grew. A few weeks ago I stopped by Paul's new shop to say hello, catch up on life, and share stories about the old days in the Lower East Side, when we all worked together at Psycho Cycles. Paul is a real artist, bikes, leather, knives, paint on canvas etc. If I had to compare him with a historical counter culture figure it would be "Von Dutch", only without all the hate. Paul is still building beautiful bikes! I took a few pics to share with you cats of the work and awesome detail that was going on during my visit. Also, a few pics of the paint job he gave me to do for a new build. What are you guys up to? Lemme know. Get out in the garage and build something! FRITZ

Sunday, May 4, 2014

On the road to NYC via Carlisle and Oley, PA.

I spent quite a few days on the road the last week or so with the great "Johnny Sparkle" as my co pilot. We met up with Greaser Mike and Poncho Bill from NYC, at spring Carlisle in PA, and had a blast. I didn't buy much, some old tech books, a busted Mac air ratchet that I will hand in for a new one, and a dozen pair of socks for 10 bucks! Around the corner from our hotel was a fantastic arcade place where we loaded up on tickets playing skee ball, and ignoring the "do not bump" stickers on the motor go karts! That was two days of good fun. We then moved on to to Oley, PA for the antique motorcycle meet, that was better. Even though I can't afford anything at these meets, I love walking around looking at all the history, guys riding around on old 8 valve factory Harley race bikes, pre unit Triumphs, 4 cylinder Indians & Henderson's, belt drive Popes, you get the idea. I took a bunch of pics and will filter them onto the blog a bit at a time for you guys to enjoy. In my honest opinion, the Oley meet was way better then Davenport, there was just so much more stuff around. Davenport does have the flat track races, so maybe its about even. Get out in the garage and build something!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Best bar in America"

I have been seeing this little gem float around posts on Facebook for a while now. So, I figured I would pick up a copy, and give it a look see. A motorcycle movie, usually Hollywood turns out real pieces of shit when it comes to bike movies. Only independents turn out anything that's genuine. "The best bar in America", yeah you might need this in the collection. A guy on the road with his 'ol lady, is hitting all the gin mills in the west, and writing a book about it. Said "guy" loses 'ol lady, and the book deal, only to continue on life's journey, and meet a host of characters and booze bottles along the way. The bike is an old BMW with a hack that has been pieced together out of swap meet parts. My kinda guy. I don't wanna give away too much, not that I am a movie critic, but I'd say its sort of like Jack Kerouac meets Easy Rider. I liked it, and I liked it a lot. I would say yes, get yer own copy. It's about $25 bucks with shipping, and you can get yer copy at www.bestbarinamerica.com

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, safe holiday season and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to sharing more of this crazy custom journey with you in 2014. From my family to all of yours. - Fritz & Carrol

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Fighting the Clock

The "Baja Bandeeto" is basically done except for a few things. It still needs to get wired. The good folks at "Rebel Wire" set me up with a nice kit to do the job! I did some free hand stripe work, but put it on hold so I could spritz three gas tanks for the International Motorcycle Show in Novi, Michigan next month, Jan 3rd, 4th, and 5th. If you are in the area stop by the Progressive Insurance booth and say "Hi". I'll be pulling lines and munching on soft pretzels! Sorry there isn't much to post, but with the holidays, and trying to catch up on work, I don't have much free time handy. I'll try to keep ya posted on the gas tanks I'm painting, I got one started tonight. Get out there and keep the welding light burning. FRITZ

Sunday, November 24, 2013

D-Day (done day) for the "Baja Bandeeto"

I am coming out of turn four, and heading for the finish line gang! I asked my boss "Jason" if I could take a week off to try and do as much as I could to get The "Baja Bandeeto" done, and he was sympathetic to my cause. I had a lot of time consuming little jobs to do, make a gear shift knob, install the albino Wookiee fur, make a lens and light socket set up for the 1958 Ford hood ornament. As I type this I am between paint coats on the rings for the bubble. I still need to wet sand and polish the body, then lay out some pin stripes. Show season will be here in less then 40 days, and I don't wanna disappoint you cats that have been waiting to see this ride in person at yer local show. Something else for you motorcycle guys, I will be prepping three sportster tanks to paint and stripe at the International Motorcycle Show in Novi, Michigan, outside of Detroit this January. Look for me in the Progressive Insurance booth! I know its getting cold out, but crank up that wood stove or little kerosene heater, and get out and the garage and build something, Build something crazy!