The Veroland's Softail

Hi Frank
Thanks for your invitation, I really appreciate it.
here is some words that I can wrote down about me:

My name is Veroland, Im an Indonesian.
I Build Kustom cars and motorcycle here in Indonesia.
I built a few Shovels,Iron heads, pan etc
When they started to call it old school, I begin to built more swing arm
bikes and evos.
Now I just doin' what I like and which is more fun from me...doesn't matter
if its raked,stretch or got suspension on it.

The real"Spitfire"

Originally a 1996 Heritage softail.
it used to be my customers bike that I bought arround 99.
the style been changed many times like 70's style with coffin, bobber style etc.
change the frame a couple of times with rigid but after a while I got bored with it (its just me).

Arround 2003 I had this idea to push a stock evo bike to the limit without major modification.
since I collect many junks for my self,I just moved it from my cabinet to this bike...you know,just for a little fun between mounting billet parts for my customers bikes...
found a used 18x6,5" wheel at the corner of my shop then I thought hey,why not?
I can use a 200 tire for the back...besides, Im gonna look too big with old style skinny tire anyway...and for the front I use 21 spool wheels.
I mounted a 4 speed tranny with kick and electric starter with a ribbed primary cover that I kept for years.

From there I just tried to match other parts with ribbed style, just because I really crazy about edmunds heads or Eddie Meyer heads for flathead V8 ford.
Donated CCI rocker boxes,7 finned air cleaner that I bought from So-Cal speed shop,Moon pedal etc.
the headlight guard came from a 50's Jaguar horn cover, and for tail light is a classic Microphone with LED inside it.
I also used a welding torch for the jockey shift and a water petcock that I put under the gastank...use it as a petcock offcourse.
oil lines are copper hardlines that I bent, Mark duckman risers,hand made handle bar ,adjustable triple tree,WL seat and a set of modified Arlen Ness forward control (ok, its billet..and I proud of it!! haha!).

I machined the Pegs and grips from Brass and fabricated the rear fender and the struts...oh ya, I also fabricated the cocktail shaker muffler and the chromed gastank.
actually, many other small details that I think is gonna make my list too long for your post, Frank...so, feel free to edit it my friend.
well, this bike becoming my favorite bike and my daily ride ever since..and still change it around when I have spare times.
last month I just changed the oil tank with a pair of Mr.Roadster oil filters that I bolt together.
my friends thought its so funny I ride a stock frame bike because I've built many rigids,goose neck, stretched and extreme rake.

I dont really know how but this bike reminds me to keep having fun while I build bikes...like how to have a nice comfort suspension but with a rigid look, a reliable one kicked newer engine with an old look..and the most important thing is you dont have to be bankrupt just to have a perfect bike. for me a nice bike not just look good when it parked, but also look perfect with your size and character wehen you ride it.
Trends changing, underground went mainstream..suddenly theres a rule for bike building, then we started to loose our main Goal : build a bike that you like to suits you and having fun with it!
and maybe, just maybe...for a bonus, a super cool guy from the other side of your world contact you and said he likes your bike.

Thanks Veroland for your text and pics


1984-The Untouchables

Yesterday, talking by mail with John from New Zealand about music, I remembered two pics from my early years.
these were taken by the great Georges Tordjman in 1984. Our band was influenced by the L.A Scene : The Gun Club, The Plimsouls, The Cramps, the Unknowns ,X and The Fleshtones were the favourites. In France, were Rock Music wasn't an easy story, maybe because of our language, we had also our Favourites bands as Bijou, Starshooter, the Stinky toys or Asphalt Jungle.
Looking to the pictures, some of you will recognize the "Mondino" style of the period...

You can read more about french rock in this "Delicious" blog

Sale of the Century : YSL auction

Forget the credit crunch when the world's most expensive chair sells for €21.9m. The Yves Saint Laurent auction in Paris this week broke record after record for art sales and raised €400m for charity

Crisis? What crisis? The record-trampling sale of the century at the Grand Palais in Paris this week has proved one thing at least. The rich, just like the poor, are always with us, even if they prefer not to reveal their names. The three-day auction of 730 antiquities, paintings, sculptures, objets d'art and pieces of furniture which belonged to the late fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, smashed a dozen art-market records in its first two days.

The auction, which has attracted collectors, celebrities, dealers and wheeler-dealers from all over the world, has also set new records for works of art by Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp, James Ensor, Piet Mondrian, Giorgio de Chirico, Théodore Gèricault, Dominique Ingres and Jacques-Louis David.

The sale was held in one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibition halls, the Grand Palais, off the Champs-Elysées. A staggering 33,000 people queued to see the collection last weekend. Access to the auction room has been strictly controlled, with potential buyers having to prove they had access to at least €500,000 in ready cash.

Two bronze sculptures, which disappeared from the summer Imperial Palace when French and British forces sacked it at the close of the second Opium War in 1860, were snapped up despite repeated attempts by the Chinese government to ban their sale.

By John Lichfield


How to build your "JPN" (part II)

The big work is done, I shaped a Tank and a saddle in a polystyrene block to give them a look of JPN and have given the masters to a colleague working with fiberglass. I just asked him to make a shell .
On my side, I made a stainless steel gasoline tank to be placed inside. Then the oil tank was made in stainless steel sheet and I settled it with the filter oil tip. It has a 3 liters capacity and is located under the seat
. At the same time I bought to Jean-Noel Gindrat* a pair of crankcase cast that I sent to a "Turner,adjuster" friend in England. 
After I made the exhaust system in 38mm Diameter stainless steel tube 
And finaly the gearbox was mounted in the frame.

January 2004: OBJECTIVE: first laps at the Ton Up in October. 
I bought a John Player fairing in a swap meet it was necessary to adapt to the bike. This fairing is a copy of a first Challenge model. 
Finally I'am very proud of this bike. I just had to realize the paint job. I tried as best as I can to reproduce the blue and red borders on the fairing. "Gulf" stickers and "John Player Norton have been redone by a professional. Then 
batch has been sent for painting.

In the meantime I have dismantled the whole bike for frame powder-cowting. 
Re scheduled to begin in May it was still on stand by 
for 3 months, because I still not received my crankcases which should have been completed in April. 
I received them only in September and it was a bit late to be ready for the "Ton Up" two months later. 
So I decided to mount my "Gus Kuhn" engine.

The painted equipment finally arrived. 
 I fired up In October for the first time. A little too much noisy for my neighborhood taste. The engine was running good
 and I had a few tuning to do. 
I did some testing on small roads to try brakes and handling. 
Except the engine The January objective was done... So we went to the Ton Up for the first wheel's laps. 
After that , I finished my engine for the "Magny-Cours" Ton-up.



Jordan's Protracted 73 Triumph

As i like this bike, i ask Jordan to send us the story of his 73 Triumph Bobber.

Jordan Nuttman, is a master machinist and toolmaker. He's 33 and this was his first Triumph effort, inspired by Earl, but it wasn’t his first motorcycle project.

Here is the story :
"I bought this running basket case on E-bay,". "The frame was a mess and I replaced it with this BCS frame."

I bought the tank from Earl and went to work using as many '73 Triumph parts as possible. The wheels are stock, and so is the front end. Other than the aftermarket frame, all other components were hand built by me.

I tucked all the electrics under the tank in the tunnel, made all the classic stainless bracketry, oil tank, and his wild shift linkage.

Thanks Jordan for your story an let me use your pics

News from Old Times n° 131


Southsiders Babe February 2009

photo Steve Hiett/ Artsphere
modèle Katharina Rembi / Women Management
make-up Kakie / Mod's Hair
hair Martine Broggy / Natural Hair Company
client L'Oréal Professionnel a/w 08/09
bike Triumph speed triple 955
helmet Arai


John Waters Memories

My friend John from Wellington New Zealand sended us some memories. Born in U.K he emigrate in the late sixties leaving behind him the Rock N'Roll scene and his love for Brit irons bikes.

Hello Vincent, you asked if I had any photos you could possibly add to this story. Well, to be honest, and I know this sounds like a tall story, but the whole time I rode with the boys back then, I cannot remember ONE, ever carrying a camera. I did meet some interesting characters though after I left England in 1967 and immigrated to New Zealand. Over there I rode with a small, but a very good bunch of guys. Bikes were mainly Triumph, but there was the odd the odd Norton. Those were the days where you could buy a nice, tidy, running 650cc Matchless twin for about 200 dollars. I have to say dollars here, because if memory serves me rightly, New Zealand changed it's currency about then and went over to dollars and cents. I did meet one eccentric character that worked on the Triumph 500/650 pre-units and the 650 unit engines.

He smoked like a train (or chimney, if that description fits better) and it was facinating to watch him roll a cigarette around in his mouth with the constant halo of smoke over his head while he worked. I never saw anything defeat the man. He was a machinist by trade and worked for one of the larger companies in the area back then. He always said that the British 650 twin was a good engine, and many of them survived at the hands of some of the most appalling butchers in history.
I loved to hear the "proverbial" history lesson from him, as I was then a budding teenager and eager to learn anything and everything. And his head would go up and down to punctuate his words, and his glasses would wind up dangerously perched on the end of his nose! He told me that Triumph's that leaked oil was a misconception, and the problem was that when "backyard mechanics) as he referred to them, would tackle these engines with great gusto, leaving in their wake behind them, engine internals strewn from one end of the yard to the other.

Pushrod tubes being put back in the wrong holes, pushrod sleeves ommited, tappet guide blocks put back in the wrong places (mixing parts up) and he drummed into my head that NO engine component, over time, wears the same as the next. He told that properly assembled the Triumph will not leak oil, drag it's clutch, or idle unevenly. he did some work once on my old '58 Triumph Thunderbird, and when I got it back, I have to admit, the old girl did not leak oil. I consumed workshop manuals from there on, they became my so-called bible. There was a character that we rode with that had a Norton 500. There was nothing he enjoyed more than changing out rear wheel sprockets in an attempt to achieve the ideal gearing for all intents and purposes. He was quite fanatical about it, seriously! We ribbed him about it once over a cup of tea and he got quite cut up about it. I tell you, rear wheel cog swapping had become a religion to the guy. I had to admit that he had it down to a fine art. It took him no time at all to remove the rear wheel, smack on another sprocket, slide it back in, adjust the chain and he'd be flying off down the road accompanied by the thrilling, and thunderous sounds of a roaring Norton 500 single. They really were the days, you know. I still so much enjoy your 'trip Triumph vs Norton' on video.


Southsiders' Leathers

Vincent's ones

Frank's ones

Michel & Shinya's one

Of course we are waiting for your favorite leather pictures for a new gallery ...


1999 Vincent International and Owner Club Rally

During my journey to the 1999 Manx Grand Prix, I had also the chance to see the 50th Anniversary  of the "Vincent International and Owner Club Rally". A display of 250 machine were exposed on the Villa Marina in Douglas.

The Thursday, on the Ramsey Promenade was organized the Vincent Sprint.
I met a french specialist of the Vincent twins on the island, called François Grosset. He developped the first electrical engine start equipement fitted on the Vincent.
As I had my jacket and my helmet, François tooks me on his own Vincent bike, we arrived in Ramsey, stopped in a pub for the coffee time, to finish on the Ramsey Sprint area, where lot of Vincent were present.

It was the world's largest ever meeting of Vincent HRD machines ranging from 1926 TT entrants throught to the last of the bread the enclosed Black Prince of 1955, 
like in my dreams...

Story and pics Laurent

Next time: the race and a TT Marshall story..


Project Gotham Racing 4 ... Manx

Yesterday my son ask me what i was thinking about the 500 Manx ...
He was playing and riding a Manx in his PGR4 game. What's the hell...

Project Gotham Racing 4 is the fourth title in the main Project Gotham Racing series, developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Microsoft Game Studios.

PGR 4 features more than 130 vehicles, including cars and — new to the franchise — motorcycles

It is a return to production based vehicles after the third installment emphasized supercars. Unlike the second, however, there are no SUVs or pickups save for the GMC Syclone.



Franksider and I in the Pyreneen Mountain, his Bonnie freshly restored and My BSA
in 1988

Which one do you prefer ?