Monday, July 21, 2014

RSD 2014 and my music




Check out the VIDEO HERE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyXBXrVQEy8

RSD P-16 Build it and they will come



Cast and Crew
Check out the VIDEO HERE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=037C5MNX6B0

BMW in Burbank


Yes, it's been over a year. Still rolling.
RSD BMW NineT with AK

Thursday, February 14, 2013

2013

Robinson, cute girl, Sands, AJS
It's time to start planning for the future. AJS has taken a bit of time to reflect on the past and has chosen to assure a future like non other. 2013 promises to be one of innovation and advance in creativity and self preservation. I've been working with some very interesting people in the world of motor-sports, film/TV, and especially the music business and I cannot wait for the future to unfold.
Interesting times indeed. Shall we all keep our heads together.
AJS

Inspiration LA 2013

Not often enough, a culture begins to develop that encompasses a history of craftsmanship and timeless ingenuity and places that portal of history under one building. The Inspiration show originally  developed in the US by none other than Rin Tanaka, took on an elegant flair at the Queen Mary in Long Beach Ca.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

BMW S1000RR

Wow.

I've just put over 600 miles on this Bavarian Motor Works (Bayerische Motoren Werke) piece of engineering mastery and I wanted to write about it shortly after getting off so that I could translate some of the experience in words. You have to imagine a machine that has been meticulously tuned and apportioned to it's own skill set. In other words, it's reading me, and learning what I am capable of as a rider. It's a smart motorcycle.

Monday, November 26, 2012

BMW R1200RT

You have to start with the basics when planning an epic motorcycle trip. You need a good bike, some comfortable wear that protects the body, and a vision that protects the idea behind the adventure.  Most importantly, you have to have soul. On this ride I chose the BMW R1200RT from the guys at EagleRider, Roland Sands Apparel, and a playlist that would allow me to conquer such a journey.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

RSD Yamaha T-Max

Photos by Joe Hitzelberger
It's refreshing to be a part of such a unique and unusual moto build. Although I didn't have much hand in it at all, I was there the day we pulled the 2013 liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 4-valve 530cc Yamaha T-Max out of it's crate, until the day I put it into a big box and shipped it to Italy for the 2012 EICMA show.

This was actually one of the most difficult projects I've seen at RSD since I've been hanging out in the Schmidthole. It was amazing to see how many different designs they went through before ending up with this. I still have about 100lbs worth of plastic and parts stored at the shop to prove that this was actually a factory T-Max.

Here's a great video from Yamaha Europe introducing RSD's latest machine and then my experience during the build.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wings Wheels Rotors & Expo

The Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce and Joint Forces Training Base put on an incredible show this past weekend. I was fortunate enough to view the air-show from the air thanks to our friends at Star HelicoptersSTAR and my Navy pilot friend Vincent.
Most of my pictures that I take for this site are done with my phone. I thought that this was an interesting picture to use because the camera app was having technical difficulties as we rolled back through the base in our Robinson R44 copter. Whoever wrote the code for this photo application must have missed the day that included flying at 100ft in a Lycoming powered four seat helicopter vibrating every bone. Or they added some kind of cartoon generated after effect that looks pretty good on my screen.
Nonetheless, I saw some of the most advanced machines to date on this day and lived to tell about it. Unfortunately, I cannot post all of the weapons and war machines I saw. But here's a couple.......

Thursday, September 27, 2012

MotoGeo at Bonneville

A must see video from our friends at MotoGeo
Jamie Robinson and the crew have outdone themselves on the new videos.
Cheers guys.

Watch it here at MotoGeo at Bonneville and then keep watching.

AJS

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Yogi Bear? BMW

You have to live outside the bounds to remain somewhat within the bounds of monotony.
AJS Moto motto.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Triumph


I'm young now I'm wild now, I'm free.
Got the magic power of the music in me.

That's Rik Emmit and his awesome band Triumph.
I grew up dreaming of being in a 3 piece rock band like Triumph, or Rush, or Zebra.
Thankfully,  most of those dreams came true and recently I even got to play with Rik Emmit down in Dallas. No matter what legacy I leave behind on this great earth, I have to admit, that Rik is one of the greats. It was an honor to be on the same stage as a man I looked up to while growing up. . But that event reminded me of another one of my many passions. Triumph motorcycles.


Friday, August 31, 2012

The Bachelor

 This lucky son of a gun just went on an epic flight to the central coast of California just north of San Luis Obispo. We called it Cayucus like the native Chumash called it so many generations ago. The Hearst family knew about it, the railways knew about it, and somehow, we got to experience this coastal paradise and lived to tell about it. Just can't tell you where we ended up. It's a well kept secret.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

AJS Moto goes to St. Louis


AJS Model 18 From Classic Motorcycles Museum of St. Louis`

Well there are times to visit and there are times to avoid the sweltering heat of the mid-west, I just happened to visit during the hottest heat wave in half a century. While 78% of the corn belt was experiencing the worst draught since 1936, I was on my friend Dave's black 2004 Harley with a bucket of sunscreen and gallons of agua soaking it all in.
Although there is not a lot to do in St. Louis, I headed out for a little adventure to reflect on my past and regain a sense of my midwestern heritage. Far from the smog of LA and the E-smog of my computer, I set out on a little cultural journey and here are some of the things I did and saw that day.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

VMAX Redux Yamaha Ha




I was lucky enough to test ride this machine prior to it's journey to Milan Italy for the 2011 EICMA show. Here are some more details about the build.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Born Free 2012



We often judge a book by it's cover do we not? I'm here to tell you that's not the way to judge. You can have the ugliest broken down girlfriend from Victorville and be looked at funny by your bros, but if you have an ugly bike that runs great, there will be no judgement. I saw some of the ugliest bikes on the planet today and fell in love with all of them. At a show like Born Free, there is no such thing as the wrong way.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Aermacchi. Pronounced, Aermacchi! 1st Place

Sands, Brewer, Scratch on final inspection.


I wanted to write a bit about this Italian machine until I found an excellent article and history on the manufacturer over at BikeExif. The guys did a wonderful job at explaining how this company came about and did an article with some top notch pics.
aermacchi-sprint

We finished an epic build over at RSD that started with a concept on a Friday afternoon which then had to be presented to the public on the following Friday afternoon! The public, in this case, was Born Free 2012!

Starting out with a 1971 Aermacchi M-50 LEGGERO (M-65S) 2-Stroke, we set off on yet another adventure into moto madness. That may sound like a lot of bike for a bit, but it's really a just a fun little 69cc buddy that we turned into a monster.

RSD Blog
Watch the video on the build here VIDEO
Hell For Leather

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Puma Punku

Speaking of building and constructing things, who ever started this project had some really cool tools and a good calculator. Too bad some aliens or something came to the job site and kicked all the parts around. This is about as cool as the big runways or Nazca Lines in the Peruvian plains. Or the stone blocks of Baalbek:Heliopolis.
Check it....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumapunku


GB500






 In April of 2011, I found a perfect example of a Japanese classic. It just needed some attention to restore it back to it's original condition. Purchased at Safari Cycle http://www.safaricycle.com/ for $800, I began the process of bringing this classic back to life.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Great Father's Day


Ok, first off, Jessica Prokup over at YellowDevil Gear Exchange http://www.yellowdevilgear.com/ will be getting her own piece on AJS Moto in the very near future. She runs a very healthy gear exchange in Long Beach Ca. that specializes in consignment of the best moto gear available. Not only that, she's cool as it gets and knows her stuff. She started off what became a great father's day weekend for me. Just my son and I, we set off on a little adventure.

Friday, June 1, 2012

1776 and Stuff

Folks, It's time to really start paying attention to what's happening in our local world and the world around us. We now live in a very sophisticated matrix of media induced crap. Do you get it yet? If not, you have been under the rock that I helped my dad turn over back in the 80's. We swear that the rock changed some of our reality, but I'm still not sure about that yet. I don't know anything about much, but I do know that I know a lot about much. Please spend some time here.

So, look at some of these headlines. Feed yourself and look at the cowards behind the badge. If you wear a badge, then redirect towards a positive future.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Panigale Update!!

Looks like this bike will stay the way it is for now. Let's continue to read the stories about the gearbox!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ducati 999 Build


Crashed and missing a lot of parts. Stay tuned for the history and build of this Italian machine.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Thrive

It's a Movie. Go ahead and watch it here Thrive !
THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.



Friday, April 20, 2012

The Mitsubishi Evolution 9 Rebuild

2007 Evo 9
This is a small wonder. A hot rod of sorts. Check out the history and build of this little monster....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Ducati Monster 900 Build

The 1996 Ducati M900
Stay tuned for the history and build of this machine.

The Minority Report

Circle Jerks at 35,000ft





Some may call it predictive programming to condition us to accept it.  Some say that it's time to draw your boundaries now and live within that paradigm or else you will be consumed into the very well orchestrated system that has been and is being implemented. And some say that I'm a crazy son of a gun.

Well, I've been telling friends and family about this for years. The way in which Hollywood seems to foreshadow events and technology. What most just see as fantasy and science fiction, has literally become a reality. We are living in somewhat of a matrix, if you choose to be a part of it. I personally recognize this media related self induced form of indoctrination and choose very willingly to observe rather that be a part of it. Oh, and your tax dollars are paying for it. Funny eh?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Motorcycles for Jesus

Yeah, that's me. I used to ride the choppers for a bit. A West Coast Jessie model that fit the bill in so many ways. Like a Motley Crue song back in the 80's, these bikes were cool for a few minutes in the grand scheme of things. Jesse was cool, we had a bunch of bankers giving everyone and anyone a loan, and I had a wife and a house. Well, now it's 2012 and the only thing I want back is that damn Tee-shirt. Actually, I have a lot of those shirts left from my buds over at HBMC(Huntington Beach Motorcycles) but I have to re-live a bit of this decadent era.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Turntable




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Robert Johnson. Pet Sounds. Dark Side of the Moon.
Jesus man, there is nothing like it on this great heavenly earth we live on. There are moments during my experience that I begin to forget everything that I've already forgotten. Then, I realize, that my analogous mind is capturing the true essence of audio utopia. The phonograph is too unlike the familiar ancestrolatory depleted MP3. This is the way music is supposed to be listened to.



Sunday, March 18, 2012

Full Metal Jacket



Ever been to Palmdale? Well, if you are defense contractor or Burt Rutan, there's really no reason for you to be there. Although they do have a really big runway, it's mostly sand and dirt with an occasional Joshua tree mixed into the fold. I recently had the pleasure of driving there to deliver a bike for a TV advertisement. Two days of production and about 100 people to make a 30 sec ad for a chunk of chocolate and nuts? I don't get it.
I thought this moto deserved a bit more attention because you never really see it in the commercial. An RSD masterpiece used and abused by Mr. Rourke in a Russian Snickers commercial.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUkEdVVy-X0

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Ducati Camera

The size of a pack of playing cards the Ducati cameras are half frame (18x24mm) cameras using special cassettes, very heavy for their size and often referred to as a miniature Leica complete with twist and pop out lens.

Defending The Little Amp

Ah yes. The mighty amplifier. The exhaustingly loud relative to your favorite instrument.  I've owned well over 50 amps in my career from late sixties Marshall tops to Fender Twins and Tweeds all the way up to my massive touring rig I used with STIR. Now, I want to defend the little guys.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ducati Multistrada 1100 Rebuild


 I picked this bike up at the salvage yard back in August of 2011 and as you can see it had a few parts missing on it. Most of the damage was done to the front upper fairing and brackets and a lot of the impact was on the right side handle bar. Read a little more and you can see the finished product. Then buy it!!




Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Yamaha RSD V-Max





I was lucky enough to test ride this machine prior to it's journey to Milan Italy for the 2011 EICMA show. Here are some more details about the build.

http://www.rolandsands.com/wp/2011/11/09/2011-11-9-vmax

http://www.vmax-hyper-modified.com/

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Red Paint

When mixing your PPG rosso strada di base, make sure you have an even amout of color and reducer. Makes for a fine color.

The TZ 250 Build

A fine example of Japanese engineering coupled with the expertise and design know how of a championship racer. This is the Yamaha TZ 250. Once a box of parts, this finely tuned machine is being restored back to it's original design to be showcased in museums around the galaxy.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Art of Primer


We all know by now that a great paint job starts with a very dedicated coat of our favorite primer. Let us not forget the ever important body work and preconditioning of the source to be painted. One must allow the most amount of time and determination to said source. Like a microphone feeding the pre-amp, and a beautiful face accepting it's make-up, we must start with a well defined subject.

In this case, our definition is a Motor Bike gas tank that was damaged so severely that even the best dent doctors, fabricators, and moto enthusiast turned it away upon arrival. Careful scrutiny was given to every detail of this bent piece of twisted metal in an attempt to bring it back to it's original design. A design worthy of the attention it received but getting there was left for the determined mind.

So enter Tungsten Inert Gas or tig http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_tungsten_arc_welding

A highly feasable approach to modern day connections of your favorite metals, and when one needs to join metals together like the dove tail joining of your favorite woods, look no further than the tig.

Now, this movie is about the art of primer, but we have to understand how important it is to have our subject in order before we apply the high build and crest/valley leveling of our polyester primer surfacer. That, an art in itself, lends to much scrutiny prior to prior preparation.

Prime well.                                                                          
This example of GB was a piece of art that my parents had in the home I grew up in back in the 70's. Since the Honda was a GB500 Tourist Trophy, I thought about putting this graphic on.
The GB500 prior to spokes and final color choice. The most important problem to solve was how to incorporate all the different satin, clear, flat, and color combinations to complete the project.